Arkansas Agriculture Department


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Wes Ward serves as the Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Arkansas. Wes was appointed to the position in March 2015 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. 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 earned a law degree and completed the LL.M. program (Master of Laws) in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas. Wes has been serving in the United States Marine Corps for nearly 15 years and has completed deployments to Afghanistan and Jordan. He is currently a Captain and a Civil Affairs Officer in the Marine Corps Reserves. Aside from the Marine Corps, Wes has also worked as a Field Coordinator for Congressman Rick Crawford doing agricultural outreach and as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.