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For Immediate Release

Bishop to coordinate local affairs & rural development

10/3/2011 at 12:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas native Beau Bishop, 33, has joined Arkansas Farm Bureau as coordinator of local affairs and rural development. The position is a new one in Farm Bureau’s Governmental Affairs department.

“We’re glad to have Beau on board. There is a critical need for a voice for and support for local affairs in rural communities,” said Governmental Affairs Director Rodney Baker. “Agriculture is the biggest contributor to the state’s economy. And it’s in these small, rural communities where farming takes place. Even though the population base is becoming increasingly urban, it’s important to make sure rural communities remain strong. Agriculture remains strong if the communities where it happens remain strong. The two need one another. ”

Most recently, Bishop was a political consultant for CDP Strategies. Previously, he spent more than five years working in different positions for Congressman Mike Ross. He also worked as an agency manager for the Alliance Insurance Group. Bishop says his passions include public policy, rural development and agriculture.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity. As a grandson of a lifelong cotton farmer, I’m truly honored to represent our hardworking farm families,” Bishop said. 

Bishop is a 2001 graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in accounting. He graduated from Arkadelphia High School.

Bishop lives in Hot Springs with his wife Courtney and two children, Audrey, 3, and seven-month-old Jackson.


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Beau Bishop


Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of almost 220,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.


For more information contact:

Steve Eddington
(501) 228-1383
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203


Gregg Patterson
(501) 228-1282
PO Box 31, Little Rock 72203

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