FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Governor Barbour Makes Appointments to Rice Promotion Board

(Jackson, Miss.)—Governor Haley Barbour announced the appointments of Donald Gant, of Merigold; Randy Howarth, of Boyle; Gary Fioranelli, of Cleveland; Curtis Berry, of Tunica; Nolen Canon, of Tunica; and Rex Morgan, of Cleveland, to the Rice Promotion Board. The Rice Promotion Board is designed to promote the growth and development of the rice industry in Mississippi by research, advertisement promotions, and education and market developments in the rice industry.

“I am very proud of these appointments,” said Governor Barbour. “Each brings a wealth of talent to the table, and I know they will do an excellent job in serving the rice industry and citizens of Mississippi.”

Donald Gant received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting and minor in economics from Delta State University. Gant has been a full-time farmer since 1969 and now farms about 5,000 acres in Bolivar and Sunflower Counties under Gant and Sons Farms. He is a member and past President of the Bolivar County Farm Bureau Federation, the Mississippi Soybean Association, the U.S. Corn Growers Association, and the Mississippi Certified Seed Association. Also, Gant serves on the Delta Council Rice, Soybean, and Water Quality committees. Currently, he is Chairman of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Rice Committee and Chairman of the United State Farm Bureau Federation Rice Committee. A member of the advisory council of the Mississippi Water Resources Committee, Gant is also a member of the Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management (FARM) and received their Environmental Stewardship award in 1998.

Randy Howarth graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in agriculture. Howarth is the Director of the Mississippi Rice Council and member of the Delta Council. He serves as Chairman of the Bolivar County Soil and Water District and of the Bolivar County Planning Commission. A member of the Bolivar County Farm Bureau, Howarth currently farms with his father, his son, and his three brothers on Circle H Farm JV.

Curtis Berry is a rice farmer in Robinsonville. Berry graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1996. He is a member of the Rice Leadership Development Program and the Farm Bureau “Young Farmers and Ranchers” State Committee. President-elect of the Tunica Rotary Club, Berry also serves as a deacon for Tunica Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Lori, have three children: Caroline, Emma Jane, and Curt.

Nolen Canon graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. Canon works as Managing Partner and Owner of Canon Farms, a 7,000-acre family farm. He is the Chairman of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, the Tunica County Farm Bureau, and the Mississippi Rice Council. In 1994, Canon was named “Rice Farmer of the Year” by Rice Farming magazine. He also served as Chairman of the Board for the U.S. Rice Producers Association.

Gary Fioranelli has lived in Cleveland for over fifty years, and has worked as a farmer for thirty years. Fioranelli graduated from Cleveland High School and attended Delta State University. He has served on the Board of Directors of Bolivar County Farm Bureau and was a member of the 1993 Rice Leadership Class. Currently, Fioranelli acts as the Vice Chairman of the Mississippi Rice Council. He will serve as Chairman of the Rice Promotion Board.

Rex A. Morgan graduated from Mississippi State University in 1960. Morgan is a partner with Morgan Farms, which produces rice, cotton, soybeans, wheat, catfish, and cattle. A board member of the Mississippi Rice Council and U.S. Rice Producers Association, Morgan is also a member and past Vice President of the Delta Council. He is Chairman of the Board for Farmers Grain Terminal in Greenville; Morgan has served as Commissioner and past Chairman for the Sunflower County Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Water Management District. Currently, Morgan serves on the Advisory Board for the Community Bank of Indianola.

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