Arkansas Rice is proud to welcome Alyssa Johnson and Cade Bethea as public relations interns for the summer.

 The daughter of John and Ledna Johnson of Greenbrier, Alyssa has developed her love for agriculture and interest for Arkansas' rice industry throughout her years in FFA and serving as an Arkansas FFA State Vice President. Johnson is pursuing a bachelor's degree in public relations and minors in agriculture and political science at Arkansas Tech University.

"I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to intern with Arkansas Rice for the summer," Johnson said. "I have always held a deep appreciation for Arkansas agriculture. I am excited to learn more about the role we play as the nation's top rice producer and to help tell that story."

Cade Bethea is the son of James and Kim Bethea of Stuttgart and the grandson of Carl and Janis Brothers of Stuttgart. Cade has developed his passion for writing, design, and interest for public relations through serving in multiple leadership roles while at TCU and building his own lifestyle brand, Southern and Thankful. Bethea recently graduated from Texas Christian University this past May with a degree in Strategic Communications and minors in Communication Studies and Film, TV, Digital Media.

"I so look forward to my time at Arkansas Rice learning the in's and out's of public relations in the political and agriculture fields. Attending college in a different state gave me a new appreciation for Arkansas, my home state, and I'm excited to be back. I know with this opportunity I will grow and learn as a young professional from such wonderful people like Becky and Lauren."

 Johnson and Bethea work in the commodity's Little Rock office for 10 weeks, where they are engaged with developing communications strategies, member engagement, and also attending industry events on behalf of Arkansas Rice. They are also working with social media and creative content cultivation and implementation.