Mississippi News

Hankins Joins St. Louis Fed’s Agribusiness Industry Council

Blake Hankins, vice president and chief procurement officer for Hankins Inc. in Ripley, Miss., has been named to the Agribusiness Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

The St. Louis Fed created four District Industry Councils in 2006, each designed to provide important feedback about economic conditions in key Eighth District industry sectors. The members’ observations—along with the economic data developed through the Federal Reserve Board’s Beige Book and meetings of the Reserve Bank’s board of directors—help ensure conditions in Main Street America are represented in monetary policy deliberations in Washington.

Each council is supported by one of the St. Louis Fed’s four offices: St. Louis (real estate); Little Rock, Ark. (agribusiness); Louisville, Ky. (health care); and Memphis, Tenn. (transportation). The councils meet twice a year.