Growing Arkansas's

Largest Industry

Supporting Arkansas farmers and ranchers while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of Arkansas, the nation, and across the globe

Secretary Ward

Meet the Secretary

From growing up in a rural farming community to pursuing a Master of Law degree in Agriculture and Food and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics, Secretary Wes Ward is devoted to serving Agriculture and Forestry in Arkansas.

Our Mission

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its Farmers and Ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation.