Big River Rice and Grain Announces Retirement and New Management Promotion

For Immediate Release
February 6th, 2015

Larry Tubbs Retires and Assumes Role of Director Emeritus

Pioneer, La. – February 6, 2015 — Big River Rice and Grain announces that Larry Tubbs has retired as chief executive officer and John Goetting, formerly chief operating officer, has been promoted to CEO.

Big River Rice and Grain is a grain storage and merchandising subsidiary of Agspring, Leawood, Kan. Agspring formed Big River Rice and Grain through the acquisition of Bayou Grain and Chemical, Raley Brothers and Tubbs Rice Dryers, three established agri-businesses located in Louisiana and Arkansas.

Along with Goetting’s succession as CEO, Steve Henderson has been promoted to vice president, operations. Ron Miller, a long-standing member of the Arkansas agribusiness community, continues to serve as VP of operations as well.

“I am very enthusiastic about the direction of Big River and the quality of the management team we have in place,” said Tubbs now director emeritus for the company. “Growers throughout our region will benefit from their leadership as a grain handling and merchandising partner for corn, soybeans, rice and wheat.”

Since Big River was formed by Agspring, the company has tackled a number of substantial infrastructure projects across its regional territory to upgrade the efficiency and convenience of facilities. Tubbs strong legacy will be remembered for founding and growing Tubbs Rice Dryers, serving on several industry leadership positions and for taking a critical, early role in the programmatic adoption of Afla-Guard to combat the presence of aflatoxin in area corn supplies among other accomplishments.

About Big River Rice and Grain

Big River Rice and Grain is headquartered in Pioneer, Louisiana, centrally located among facilities in Pioneer, Delhi, Mer Rouge, Monticello, Lake Providence, Crowville, Louisiana as well as Parkdale, Eudora and Yellow Bend, Arkansas.

About Agspring

Agspring combines entrepreneurial teams, essential agriculture supply chains, and superior capital partners for global success feeding our changing world. Deep equity and credit relationships provide Agspring a solid platform for capital improvement and expansion. Agspring maintains decentralized operations and puts leadership teams in place who desire to grow into new markets including grains and oilseeds; livestock feed ingredients; and consumer food ingredients.


Agspring and Big River Rice and Grain are trademarks of Agspring, LLC. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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