LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS-- The Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) proudly announces the hire of Michelle Bufkin Horton as the new Executive Vice President. With a robust background in agricultural communications and a proven track record of successful marketing and membership strategies, Bufkin Horton brings unique expertise and experience to propel the goals of the association and its members forward.
“Michelle went above and beyond when she was our membership director, with a drive and motivation for our industry like few have in the world,” said Phillip DeSalvo, ACA President. “We are extremely excited about the future of the ACA under her leadership and the passion she has to drive this association to the top.”
Bufkin Horton previously served as the Membership and Communications Director for the ACA from 2018-2022. While there, she significantly increased both associate and producer memberships and led the organization's events and brand to new heights.
“Working at the ACA for almost five years instilled in me a great respect and appreciation for Arkansas cattle producers,” said Bufkin Horton. “These are some of the hardest-working people in the state. I’m excited to represent the association in all aspects of legislation, education, advocacy, and development.”
During her tenure at AcreTrader, Bufkin Horton showcased an innovative approach to problem-solving and cross-functional collaboration to comply with federal regulations and market farmland investments. At Auburn University, Bufkin Horton honed her leadership skills, serving as the Student Recruiting Coordinator for the College of Agriculture. She spearheaded recruitment and engagement strategies, which broadened the college’s outreach.
Bufkin Horton’s academic achievements include a Master of Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech and a Bachelor of Science in the same field from Auburn University. Her research delved into consumer perceptions before and after beef cattle farm tours, contributing valuable insights to the industry.
Bufkin Horton's dedication to the agricultural community is evident not only in her professional achievements but also through her volunteer work and affiliations with several agricultural organizations, including her role as National Vice President for the Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority and Vice President for Arkansas Women in Agriculture.
“I am honored and humbled to return to my ACA family and work beside the cattle producers of Arkansas to advance the goals of the industry and the ACA,” said Bufkin Horton. She will be the first female to hold the Executive Vice President position and will begin her role on January 2, 2024.
About the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association:
The Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association is a voice for the state’s cattle industry, providing leadership and support to cattle producers in Arkansas by focusing on legislation, education, advocacy, and development.