Commissioner Mike Freeze was appointed to the Commission in 2018 to represent District 2 and his term expires in 2021.
Commissioner Freeze was born in Pine Bluff, AR, but his family moved to Little Rock, AR, when he was five. He received his B.S. from Arkansas Tech University in Fisheries and Wildlife Management in 1975 and his M.S. in Biology from Murray State University in 1977. Mr. Freeze is co-owner of Keo Fish Farm, Inc., the largest hybrid striped bass hatchery in the world and one of the largest triploid grass carp producers in the United States. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Aquaculture Association, Catfish Farmers of Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Grand Prairie CASA, and he is Chairman of the American Farm Bureau Environmental Regulations Issue Committee. Previously, he served as a member and Chairman of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, a member and Vice-Chairman of the Arkansas Development and Finance Authority, a member of the Arkansas FSA State Committee and on numerous USDA National Advisory Boards. Mr. Freeze has over thirty years of experience as a private aquaculture producer and is an American Fisheries Society’ Certified Fisheries Scientist. Mr. Freeze’s family was named Lonoke County Farm Family of the year in 2004 and he has received numerous individual aquaculture related awards as well as having a state wildlife management area and a community fishing pond named after him.