WASHINGTON (August 3, 2020) – The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is excited to announce that Ben Noble, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Riceland Foods, Inc., is joining the board of directors.
“Ben is a champion for Arkansas farmers and the rice industry,” said President of Mississippi State University and FFAR Chairman of the Board Dr. Mark Keenum. “His knowledge of government, industry and public relations will be a welcome addition to the FFAR Board of Directors as we pioneer technologies and practices that support human health, farmer’s livelihood and environmental sustainability.”
Noble joined Riceland Foods, Inc. as vice president of marketing and strategy in September 2017 and added the role of vice president of sales in August 2018. He was appointed to his current position at Riceland Foods, Inc. in April 2020.
Previously, he served as president of Noble Strategies, a Little Rock-based marketing and public affairs firm with agricultural-based clients including Tyson Foods, Monsanto, Con-Agra, Anheuser-Busch and others. He was a partner at Aarch Communications and a principal at Troutman Sanders LLP. Noble was also vice president for government affairs for USA Rice Federation and senior director of government relations for the National Cotton Council. He began his career as an agriculture policy aide to former Sens. Dale Bumpers (D-AR) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).
Noble is the founding Executive Director of the Arkansas Rice Federation, which includes the Arkansas Rice Council, the Arkansas Rice Farmers and the Arkansas Rice Millers.
“I am delighted to welcome Ben to FFAR’s Board of Directors. Our board is a critical component of this organization and we strive to ensure that its members represent our diverse stakeholders. Ben’s participation on the board further ensures that we have strong representation for farmers and our corporate partners,” remarked FFAR Executive Director Dr. Sally Rockey.
About the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established by bipartisan Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, builds unique partnerships to support innovative and actionable science addressing today's food and agriculture challenges. FFAR leverages public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to enhancing sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. The FFAR Board of Directors is chaired by Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum, Ph.D., and includes ex officio representation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Science Foundation.