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The Arkansas Rice Federation has named Kelly Robbins its executive director, effective Aug. 1.
He succeeds Lauren Waldrip, a partner at Campbell Ward, a Little Rock-based public affairs and public relations firm.
The federation announced in a June 17 Facebook post that Waldrip had decided to take on new opportunities. Her firm will continue helping the organization with media relations, communications, event planning and more.
Most recently, Robbins served as executive director of the Arkansas Petroleum Council. Prior to that, he was executive vice president at Associated General Contractors of Arkansas, Arkansas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association and the Arkansas Forestry Association.
The Arkansas Rice Federation represents all aspects of the rice industry, including the Arkansas Rice Council, Arkansas Rice Farmers, Arkansas Rice Merchants and Arkansas Rice Millers.