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Associate Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Victor Ford, Ph.D.

Interim Associate Director - Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agriculture is a $16 billion dollar industry in Arkansas, responsible for one in every six jobs in the state.  And this industry is very diverse, with our state ranking in top 25 production of 24 different ag commodities, from rice (#1) to hogs (#24).  Arkansas is also one of the most beautiful states, blessed with abundant soil, water, forest and other natural resources that complement agriculture and our overall quality of life.  We are a rural state, as evidenced by the percent of gross domestic product contributed by agriculture and food (10.81%) higher than any surrounding state.

The Associate Director serves as State Program Leader for Extension in the Agriculture and Natural Resources arena, working with Department Heads in the following recognized areas to ensure accurate, timely, and relevant educational and applied research programs are provided statewide:

  • Agriculture Economics and Ag Business (AEAB) - Dr. Steve Halbrook, Department Head
  • Animal Science (ANSC) - Dr. Mike Looper, Department Head
  • Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAEG) - Dr. Lalit Verma, Department Head
  • Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences (CSES) - Dr. Robert Bacon, Department Head
  • Entomology (ENTO) - Dr. Rick Cartwright, Interim Department Head for Extension Programs and Dr. Gus Lorenz, Associate Department Head
  • Food Science (FDSC) - Dr. J.F. Meullenet, Department Head
  • Forest Resources (AFRC) - Dr. Phil Tappe, Department Head and Dr. Tamara Walkingstick, Associate Department Head
  • Horticulture (HORT) - Dr. Wayne Mackay, Department Head
  • Plant Pathology (PLPA) - Dr. Craig Rothrock, Interim Department Head
  • Poultry Science (POSC) - Dr. Mike Kidd, Department Head and Dr. Dustan Clark, Associate Department Head

In addition, the Associate Director works closely with Experiment Station leadership to liaise with various stakeholder and commodity groups in relation to agriculture and natural resources programs including:

The Associate Department Head also liaises with Extension personnel at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, the 1890 Land Grant campus in Arkansas, including the Aquaculture Extension Program.

The Associate Department Head provides agricultural and natural resources programmatic support to the District Directors and Extension County ANR faculty and staff.

  • Delta District
  • Ouachita District
  • Ozark District

ANR Extension Faculty and Staff are located in State Extension Headquarters in Little Rock (LRSO) or at various Division of Agriculture campuses or centers around the state including:

  • Northeast Arkansas Research and Extension Center - Keiser
  • Rice Research and Extension Center - Stuttgart
  • Southeast Arkansas Research and Extension Center - Monticello
  • Southwest Arkansas Research and Extension Center - Hope
  • Lon Mann Cotton Research Station - Marianna
  • Newport Extension Center - Newport
  • Lonoke Extension Center - Lonoke

ANR Directory | Arkansas Extension

ANR Directory

Statewide Extension Ag and Natural Resources Contact Information.



ANR Display | Arkansas Extension

Ag and Natural Resources Display

Displays can be checked out for use at events by Extension ANR Dept Heads and Faculty.  Displays are available individually or can be connected as a group (photo).  Check out system for Reserve.