Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward has been elected vice president of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) for 2019-20. The elections were held at the organization’s annual conference, June 9-12, in Fort Worth, Texas.
“It’s a great honor to be elected as vice-president of SASDA,” Ward said in a statement. “I am proud to represent Arkansas within the organization and look forward to helping lead the 17 southern states and territories in promoting southern agriculture at the federal level.”
SASDA is made up of the commissioners, secretaries and directors of agriculture from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Ward will host SASDA’s annual conference in Arkansas in 2021.
The Arkansas Agriculture Department 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.