Bill J. Reed
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Riceland Foods, Inc.
Bill J. Reed is vice president, corporate communications and public affairs, at Riceland Foods, Inc., headquartered at Stuttgart, Arkansas.
His major responsibilities include state and federal public policy and agricultural issues. He also directs Riceland's corporate communications and public affairs efforts.
Riceland is a farmer-owned marketing cooperative formed in 1921 to market rice for farmers on the Arkansas Grand Prairie. It now markets rice, soybeans and wheat for 5,500 farmer-members primarily in Arkansas and Missouri. Each year, its 1,525 employees receive, store, transport and market more than 125 million bushels of grain as finished products and raw grains. Its 2014 revenue totaled $1.15 billion.
Reed serves as chairman of the board of directors of Associated Industries of Arkansas. He also serves on the UA Agriculture Development Council and the boards of Economics Arkansas--the Arkansas State Council on Economic Education, and the Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants Association. He is vice chairman of the board of visitors of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas and chairman of the Phillips Community College Foundation. He is a member of committees of the USA Rice Federation, National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA), The Institute for Shortening and Edible Oils, and the National Grain and Feed Association. He serves on the trade committees of NOPA and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.
He is a native of Rocky Top (formerly Lake City), Tennessee. He holds a bachelor of science degree with honors in plant and soil science from the University of Tennessee and a master of science degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin. He served as director of communications for the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture early in his career.
He came to Arkansas in 1976 as a state communications specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service headquartered at Little Rock. He joined Riceland in 1979 as director of communications, was elected assistant vice president for corporate development in 1983, and elected vice president for corporate communications and public affairs in 1992.
He oversees government affairs, media relations, public relations, marketing communications and the Riceland Sustainability Initiative.
He and Janice, his wife, reside in Stuttgart, Arkansas.