Commission Members 

Rick Benson, Chairman, of Imboden, Arkansas was appointed to the Livestock & Poultry Commission by Governor Mike Beebe in January of 2013. Rick owns a cattle farm in Imboden where he has raised commercial cattle for the past 40 years. He has been an active member of the Lawrence County FSA board for nine years. He is actively involved in the Lawrence County Fair Board and has been for the last 28 years. His term will expire in January 2019.

 

Scott Sullivan, Vice Chairman, of DeQueen, Arkansas was appointed to the Livestock & Poultry Commission by Governor Mike Beebe in January of 2013. Scott is a 4th gerneration farmer and rancher who owns commercial beef cattle, as well as a registered Hereford herd. He has also owned and operated a 10,000 head swine finishing operation and a 60,000 capacity broiler farm. He served in the House of Representatives for three terms. He serves on the Sevier County Developmental Board, District Chair for Boy Scouts, and serves as the Sevier County Board Representative for the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association and on the Sevier County Cattlemen's Board. He is married to Sherry Beaty Sullivan. His term will expire in January 2020.

Monty Henderson of Fayetteville, Arkansas was appointed to the Livestock & Poultry Commission in February of 2010 by Governor Mike Beebe. He retired in August of 2009 after fifteen years serving as President/COO of George’s, Inc. in Springdale, Arkansas.  He is currently on the Board of Directors of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and is past President of the Arkansas Poultry Federation. Monty has served forty-one years in Management in the Poultry Industry. His term will expire in January 2017.

Ed Mabry of Batesville, Arkansas was reappointed to the Livestock and Poultry Commission in January of 2014 by Governor Mike Beebe. He retired from John Deere after 27 years. A large part of his career was spent living overseas setting up agricultural businesses for Deere on all continents. He currently farms 420 acres in Independence County with cattle, hay, and trees, and is chairman of the Independence County Economic Development. His term will expire in January 2021.

James Smith of Fayetteville, Arkansas was appointed to the Livestock and Poultry Commission in January of 2015 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Mr. Smith is currently the Sr. Vice President of Live Operations and First Processing for Simmons Foods, Inc. in Siloam Springs, AR. Mr. Smith serves on the Board of Directors for The Poultry Federation, and has over 28 years of management experience in the poultry industry. Mr. Smith was raised on a family farm in Searcy County, Arkansas and continues to own a cattle farm there. He is married to Barbara Greiner Smith and they have two adult sons, Jason and Jaret. His term will expire in January 2022.

Chris Kauffman of Searcy, Arkansas was appointed to the Livestock and Poultry Commission in February 2016. He and his wife Tricia own and operate Kauffman Farms near Searcy. Chris and Tricia have been married for 15 years. They have two children:  McKinley (12 years) and Alex (7 years). Chris has a strong agriculture background and was raised in the Texas Panhandle (Hansford County) were his family owned and operated an irrigated and dryland crop farm and ranch enterprise that was started by his grandfather. Chris received his Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in accounting from Harding University and holds an active Arkansas CPA license. Chris is currently employed by The Stephens Group, LLC of Little Rock, AR where he serves as Vice President of Finance and Accounting for the private equity firm. Chris is also a partner in Heritage Cattle Company, LLC. The combined operations of Kauffman Farms and Heritage Cattle Company maintain a herd of over 150 mother cows. These females consist of Registered Beefmaster stock used to further the purebred program thru natural service, AI, and embryo transfer work; and Registered Black and Red Angus base females utilized in an extensive E-6 crossbred program. Chris has been a member of BBU since 2000.  Heritage Cattle Company received the BBU Breeder of the Year Award in 2010. Chris is a member of the Arkansas Beefmaster Breeders Association (ABBA) were he has served as Sale Chairman, on the Board of Directors, and also held the offices of Vice-President and President. Chris has also been a member of the Louisiana Beefmaster Breeders Association (LBBA), Central States Beefmaster Breeders Association (CSBBA), and the Southeast Beefmaster Breeders Association (SEBBA). Chris has served on the Finance, Long Range Planning, Advertising, and BBU Symposium (Springfield, MO & West Monroe, LA) BBU committees. His term will expire in January 2023.