The Arkansas Agriculture Department announces the retirement of Butch Calhoun as Arkansas’s Secretary of Agriculture, effective December 31, 2014. In his letter to Governor Beebe, Calhoun said “It has been an honor and privilege serving in your administration for the past eight years as the Director of Rural Services and the Secretary of Agriculture. I have enjoyed these jobs very much but feel it is time for me to spend time focusing on some other things in my life. I am proud of the work being done at the Arkansas Agriculture Department and feel it is accomplishing its mission of supporting and advocating for all segments of Arkansas’s agricultural industry”.
Calhoun was appointed Secretary of Agriculture in June of 2012. “Agriculture is the largest and one of the most diverse industries in Arkansas, and I’ve enjoyed working with the many industry partners during my time with the department. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and on my farm in Prairie County next year”, said Calhoun.