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.