Department of Agriculture

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

About Secretary Wes Ward

Secretary Director Wes Ward

Wes Ward is from the small town of Lake City in Northeast Arkansas and is a graduate of Riverside High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business with an emphasis in agricultural finance from Arkansas State University. Secretary Ward has also earned a law degree (JD), a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in Agricultural and Food Law, and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas.

Ward has served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 20 years and has completed deployments and training exercises in Afghanistan, Jordan, and Japan. He currently serves in the Marine Corps Reserves as a civil affairs officer with the Force Headquarters Group in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ward has worked as a field coordinator for U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford and as an adjunct law professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Ward is serving as the third Secretary of Agriculture for Arkansas. He was appointed to the position in March 2015 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture includes the Forestry Division, Natural Resources Division, Livestock & Poultry Division, and the Plant Industries Division. 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 Arkansans and the nation.