LITTLE ROCK — Keith Sutton of Alexander
recently joined Arkansas Farm Bureau as field communications
coordinator in the Public Relations department. In that position, he
will consult with county office staff and leaders on local, state and
national public relations issues relating to agriculture. He also will
serve as chief photographer for Farm Bureau events and editor of two
Farm Bureau newsletters, Farm Bureau Press and AM Update.
Sutton succeeds Jim Kester, who retires May 31 after 42 years with Farm Bureau.
Most recently, Sutton was executive director of the Future
Fisherman Foundation, a national nonprofit organization involved with
youth fishing education. Before that, he served 19 years as magazine editor for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in Little Rock.
Sutton is a well-known writer, photographer, editor and
lecturer. He has written more than 3,200 articles for major magazines,
newspapers and websites and was host of two outdoor programs on ESPN.
He has written 11 books, including Hunting Arkansas, Fishing Arkansas and Fishing for Catfish.
"We are excited to have Keith as a member of our public
relations team," said Steve Eddington, director of public relations for
Arkansas Farm Bureau. "His deep experiences and strong personal skills
will make him a real asset for our county Farm Bureau organizations,
especially as those volunteers expand their efforts to tell consumers
about the hard-working farmers who are responsible for raising animals
and growing our crops. One of the primary missions of Arkansas Farm
Bureau is to share the story of the value and importance of
agriculture, and I know Keith Sutton will help us with that effort."
A native of Cherry Valley (Cross County), Sutton holds a
bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University. His wife Theresa is an
administrative assistant at Easter Seals-Arkansas in Little Rock. They
have six sons, aged 19 to 35.