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Secretary Ward Elected President of SASDA

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture, Wes Ward, was elected President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) for 2020-2021 during its anual conference held June 1. Secretary Ward had served as Vice President prior to his election. SASDA, which represents 16 southern states, is a subsidiary of the larger National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), which works with all regions and all states to coordinate work and activities among the various state departments of agriculture.

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Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Elected President of SASDA

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward was elected President of the Southern

Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) for 2020-21 during its annual conference held

virtually on June 1.

“Agriculture is our state’s largest industry and I am proud to represent Arkansas within the SASDA

organization,” said Ward. “It is a great honor to be elected as President and I am looking forward to

helping lead the 16 southern states and territories in promoting southern agriculture at the federal


Arkansas will host SASDA’s annual conference in Little Rock in 2021.

The officers elected for the 2020-2021 year also include Commissioner Kent Leonhardt of West Virginia

as Vice President, Commissioner Rick Pate of Alabama as Secretary, and Commissioner Jewel Bronaugh

of Virginia as Treasurer.

SASDA consists 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.

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. Visit