I love to explore new things on internet.Meanwhile, the Agricultural Council of Arkansas’ Twitter post last Friday night characterised Dick Bell rather
respectfully:“excellent man, fantastic intelligence, excellent leader.”
Dick’s passing last week brought to a close life of substantially accomplishment, not only for that rice market - where to get
three decades he led Riceland meals since the planet’s largest rice miller and one of the spot’s largest processors of noodles -
however in the broader arena of national and international agricultural coverage.
Even though he functioned for many decades in provincial circles as a agricultural economist with the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural
assistance, since an assistant agricultural attaché at Ottawa and Brussels, since A-G attaché to its American Embassy at Dublin,
as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for International Affairs and Commodity applications — that had been un-bureaucratic when
you could request.
He’d an understanding of agricultural policy and economics which appeared on encyclopedic, and would hold their or her own with
members of Congress or even Capitol Hill leaders,‘’ but he’d a marvelous (and coveted ) knack for distilling the brain-numbing
minutiae of administration policy and programs to language exactly the normal man may comprehend.
Although Dick had been a"Yankee" by arrival (Illinois), also he never really lost his emphasis during his decades in Arkansas, he
had been the only real southern gentleman: gracious, softspoken, always showing a keen interest in people with whom he cried.
I crossed paths with him regularly through time, in a meeting or another, also he also would make it a point ahead along and chat
with me along with also other members of social media, and no matter which of our Farm Press editors had been covering his own
comments, he would, a twinkle in his eyes, and manage to work at an benchmark during his conversation with something we had
prepared, as though he followed our scribblings religiously. He endeared himself into those of those media by consistently making
himself available whenever we had information or plagiarize remarks about A-G markets or policy.
Much has been written regarding Dick’s livelihood with USDA/FAS, with Riceland Foods, and later, soon after his retirement, as
Arkansas’ first Agri-Culture Secretary. Previous Gov. Mike Huckabee, who appointed him to that article, stated after his passing
“Together with his immense knowledge of the whole agricultural arena, and the respect he earned from everybody at the
agri-world,’’ there was no one I really could consider that was simply better suited to your job. He was a hardworking, educated,
and powerful community slave "
In an era when authorities and government service are often reviled, Dick might, I think, have liked a tag: strong community
U.S. rice and U.S. farming will be the best for his life of services, and also on his departure might recall with respect his most