Natural Resources

Efficiently and responsibly managing and protecting our water and land resources for the sustainability, health, safety, and economic benefit of the State of Arkansas


The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Division Director Bruce Holland

Director Bruce Holland

Bruce Holland began serving as  Director of the Natural Resources Divison (NRD) on July 31, 2016.  Prior to his work with NRD, he served as Executive Director of The Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission from January of 2015 to July of 2016.  Holland previously served for 4 years as a State Senator representing seven counties in Western Arkansas. 

“Governor Hutchinson continues to show unprecedented leadership in so many important areas for Arkansas.  Participating in his administration is a service that gives me extreme personal pride.” said Bruce Holland.  “Proper management of our state’s natural resources is a critical element for future economic development, higher paying jobs and quality of life improvements for so many Arkansans.”   

During his Senate tenure, Holland was appointed Assistant President Pro Tempore and served as Chairman of the Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee.  As such, he led the legislative economic impact evaluation and ultimate approval of the state’s first economic development super-project under Amendment 82, culminating with the $1.1 billion Big River Steel Project and adding more than 10,000 new jobs.

Further, Holland directed and reviewed State matters associated with agriculture, livestock, forestry, natural resources, levees and drainage, as well as rivers and harbors.  He worked very closely with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources and Conservation Services.

Previous work history includes, among other responsibilities, Casting Department and Quality Assurance Supervisor for Gerdau MacSteel aerospace and automobile steel mill in Ft. Smith; and self-employment as an Arkansas cattle rancher.

Holland is Council Secretary and Chairman of Policies & Resolutions with Land O Lakes Corporation Governance Council representing 14 states from California to Alabama.  He is former Chairman of the Farm Service Agency County Committee for Crawford, Scott and Sebastian Counties; former President of the Sebastian County Farm Bureau; Board member of Sebastian County Historical Society; member of the NRA and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Holland attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he majored in Chemical Engineering. 

Director Bruce Holland
10421 W. Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 682-3961
Fax: (501) 682-3991

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