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Six at Rice Research & Extension Center earn promotions

March 24, 2017

By the U of A System Division of Agriculture

(250 words)

(Newsrooms: with photos at www.flickr.com/photos/uacescomm/32814546273)

STUTTGART, Ark. — The faculty and staff at the Rice Research and Extension Center are proud to announce the promotion of six of their colleagues, according to Nathan McKinney, interim director of the center for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. 

The following have been promoted:

  • Debra Ahrent-Wisdom, foundation seed and aromatic rice breeding, to program associate III
  • Jill Bulloch, medium grain rice breeding, to program associate II
  • Tony Beaty, medium grain rice breeding, program associate II  
  • Chris Henry, PhD, irrigation engineer, to associate professor
  • Sammy Sadaka, PhD, extension engineer, to associate professor
  • Yeshi Wamishe, PhD, plant pathologist, to associate professor.

“We have talented people dedicated to improving all aspects of rice production. These individuals represent our efforts to offer improved rice varieties and the best management practices for Arkansas farmers and Arkansas conditions,” McKinney said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to recognize their dedication and accomplishments.” 

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PERSONNEL PROMOTIONS — From left, seated Debra Ahrent-Wisdom, Jill Bulloch, Yeshi Wamishe and standing (L to R) Chris Henry, Tony Beaty, Sammy Sadaka. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo by Nathan McKinney)

“These promotions reflect the high quality of work being done by the faculty and staff we have at this high-profile station,” said Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “These individuals play a key role in helping Arkansas maintain its position as the nation’s top state for rice production.”

The Rice Research and Extension Center is operated by the Division of Agriculture, which oversees the Cooperative Extension Service and the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

The center houses staff from the Arkansas County Extension Office and is home to the Foundation Seed Facility.

For more information, contact the center at 870-673-2661. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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