When it comes to understanding the complexity of the agriculture industry, Arkadelphia dairyman and soybean producer Derek Helms is one of the most well-versed advocates around. Managing a diversified operation in Clark County has given Derek valuable insight into the many ways in which soybeans are marketed and utilized; from livestock feeds to biodiesel and everything in between. As a member of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, Derek’s goal is to facilitate a greater connection between our farmers, researchers, and consumers while promoting opportunities that showcase the versatility of soybeans.
Derek holds an Agriculture Business degree from Southern Arkansas University and is a board member of his local Farm Bureau and the Clark County Cattlemen’s Association. He enjoys educating people about the soybean industry as much as he does learning about the latest research and advancements in soybean production. However, his favorite part about being a soybean producer is harvesting his crop and reaping the reward of his hard work each year.