William A. (Bill) Baxter received a B.S. in Agriculture in 1949 from the University of Arkansas. He received the “Arkansas Cotton Achievement Award” in recognition of his long and continuing history of accomplishments and service to the agricultural community of Arkansas and the nation. He has been engaged in farming throughout his career, culminating in his role as president and operating officer for Baxter Land Company, Inc. and Camp Nine Company, Inc., in Desha County. These corporations encompass 20,000 acres of land in the production of cotton, rice, soybeans, wheat, grain, sorghum, timber and fish. He is secretary/treasurer of Stuckey Brothers, Inc., and Citizens Gin in Lepanto. Baxter has been, and remains, a major mover, promoter and political voice for cotton and agriculture in Arkansas and in the United States. He was an organizer and partner in the Dumas Cotton Gin, LLC, an organizer and past chair of the Dumas Cotton Warehouse, organizer of Planters Cotton Oil Mill in Pine Bluff and a director and past president of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas. During his career, he has served as a director and chairman of the Cotton Board, member and delegate of the National Cotton Council and board member of Cotton Council International.