Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward has been elected second vice president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) for 2022-23 at their annual conference in Saratoga Springs, New York.
“It’s a great honor to be elected as second vice president of NASDA,” Ward said. “I am proud to represent Arkansas within the organization and look forward to working with our nation’s states and territories in supporting U.S. agriculture.”
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, founded in 1916, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all 50 states and four U.S. territories.
NASDA grows and enhances American agriculture through policy, partnerships, and public engagement.
The association is governed by a 10-member board of directors which includes executive committee members who serve as officers of the association. Officers for the upcoming year are Doug Miyamoto, Wyoming, President; Bruce Kettler, Indiana, Vice President; Wes Ward, Arkansas, Second Vice President; and Amanda Beal, Maine, Secretary-Treasurer.
Ward served as the 2020-2021 President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA), one of the four NASDA regions, and chairman of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee from 2020-2021 and Secretary-Treasurer of NASDA from 2021-2022.