Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Wes Ward is serving as the 3rd Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Arkansas. He was appointed to the position in March 2015 by Governor Asa Hutchinson.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture includes the Forestry Commission, Livestock and Poultry Commission, Natural Resources Commission, State Plant Board, Board of Registration for Foresters, Board of Registration for Professional Soil Classifiers, and the Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
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.
Wes 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. Wes 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.
Wes has been serving in the United States Marine Corps for over 22 years and has completed deployments and training exercises in Afghanistan, Jordan, and Japan. He is currently serving in the Marine Corps Reserves. Wes has also 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.