Terry Harris retired from Riceland Foods on Friday (Jan. 29) after 45 years of service to the farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in Stuttgart. Harris most recently served as Riceland’s senior vice president of operations, as well as other prominent positions throughout his career.
“Terry will be greatly missed,” Riceland Foods President and CEO Danny Kennedy said. “He has been a long-standing leader with our cooperative and in the rice industry. I am proud to call him my colleague and friend, and I know Riceland is better today because of his years of service to our farmer members and our employees.”
Harris began his career at Riceland as a quality control grader in 1975. Over time, he worked his way up through the ranks of the cooperative and spent many years serving as the vice president of international rice marketing. Throughout his years of service, Harris traveled the world selling rice to countries in search of rice of the highest quality, and he most recently shared his talents on managing the operations of Riceland’s four mill points and numerous drier locations.
As an active member of the USA Rice Federation Board of Directors, he served the rice industry by sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. Harris has served on numerous boards and committees, both national and at the state level, to advance the rice industry throughout his career.
Riceland Foods Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ben Noble said Harris’ service to Riceland was exceptional.
“Terry has been the backbone of our cooperative for many years. Our farmer members respect his point of view and value his opinions, and our staff looks to him as an excellent example of leadership,” Noble said. “He has been a great sounding board for me, as I have grown into my various roles at Riceland. I am grateful for the time I got to spend with and learn from Terry, and he will be missed.”