Arkansas Agriculture Department Contact Details and Staff 

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Arkansas Agriculture Department
1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 501-683-4851
Fax: 501-683-4852

Arkansas Agriculture Department Job Openings
(in the "Select Agency" drop-down menu, select "Arkansas Agriculture Department")

AAD Staff

Wes Ward, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary 501-683-4851,

Cynthia Edwards, Deputy Secretary, 501-219-6362,

DeeVee Pearson, Chief Fiscal Officer, 501-219-6361,

Adriane Barnes, Director of Communications, 501-516-6255,

Christian Olsen, Director of Marketing, 501-219-6324,

Elizabeth Baker, Arkansas Grown Program Director, 501-683-4851, 

Melissa Lambert, Executive Assistant to AAD, 501-683-4851,

Arkansas Agriculture Board 2015-2016

Aubra Anthony – Chair
(Forestry Commission)
El Dorado, AR 71731-1877

David Feilke – Vice Chair
(Natural Resources Commission)
Stuttgart, AR 72160

Robert “Steve” Balloun
(Swine Production)
Dardanelle, AR  72834

Allen Bedell
(Forestry Commission)
Hot Springs, AR 71901

Robert “Crash” Carruthers
(Crop Production)
Morrilton, AR 72110

Ann Cash
(Natural Resources Commission)
Lake Village, AR 71653

Joan Cash
(Crop Production)
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Dewayne Chappell
(Crop Production)
Des Arc, AR  72040

David Choate
(Grain Processing)
Judsonia, AR  72081

David Elam
(domestic food products, processing, global marketing)
Danville, AR  72833

Mack Hayden
(Livestock & Poultry Commission)
Russellville, AR 72811

Dan Hosman
(Rural Development Commission)
Jonesboro, AR 72404

Otis Howe
(State Plant Board)
Little Rock, AR 72207

Bruce Jackson
(Poultry Production)
Lockesburg, AR 71846

Jennifer James
(Young and Beginning Farmer Advisory Board)
Newport, AR 72112

Charles “Ed” Mabry
(Livestock and Poultry Commission)
Batesville, AR  72501

Margie A Saul
(Meat Processing –Aquaculture)
De Valls Bluff, AR  72041-9794

Frederic Simon
(Dairy Farming)
Conway, AR 72032-9413

Curtis Tate
(Crop Production)
Marion, AR 72364

Ray Vester
(State Plant Board)
Stuttgart, AR 72160

David Wilson
(Beef Production)
Pocahontas, AR  72455 

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Tim Burcham
College of Agriculture and Technology
Arkansas State University

Dr. James O. Garner
School of Agriculture, Fisheries & Human Sciences
UA Pine Bluff

Dr. Reza Hakkak

Dr. Malcolm R. Rainey, Ph.d
Head Dept of Agriculture
Arkansas Tech University

Dr. Phil Tappe-UAM
Dean, School of Forest Resources
University of AR at Monticello

Dr. Mark Cochran
Vice President for Agriculture
UA System

Charles Glover
AR Association of Conservation Districts

Dr. Jeff Miller
Chair Agriculture Department
Southern Arkansas University

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