Cade Bethea from Stuttgart is among two public relations interns for the summer at the Arkansas Rice Federation.

Bethea is the son of James and Kim Bethea of Stuttgart and the grandson of Carl and Janis Brothers of Stuttgart.

Bethea graduated from Texas Christian University in May with a degree in strategic communications and minors in communication studies and film, TV and digital media.

“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,” according to the news release.

“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,” he said.

Bethea said he knows with this opportunity, he will grow and learn as a young professional.

Alyssa Johnson, the other intern, is the daughter of John and Ledna Johnson of Greenbrier. Johnson is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public relations and minors in agriculture and political science at Arkansas Tech University.

The interns are in Arkansas Rice’s Little Rock office for 10 weeks, where they working 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, according to the release.

The Arkansas Rice Federation is the umbrella organization representing the state’s rice industry. It is comprised of the Arkansas Rice Farmers, Arkansas Rice Council, Arkansas Rice Millers and Arkansas Rice Merchants. Details: