LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday named Terry Walker, currently serving as assistant director of the Arkansas State Plant Board, to be the board’s next director.

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday named Terry Walker, currently serving as assistant director of the Arkansas State Plant Board, to be the board’s next director.


Walker has worked for the board for 13 years. He replaces Daryl Little, who retired in January.


The Plant Board is a division of the state Agriculture Department that regulates products and services such as seed, feed, fertilizer, pesticides, weights and measures, petroleum, honeybees, plant pests, nurseries and pest control services.


A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Walker began his career in 1971 with the Rice Branch Experiment Station, now the Rice Research and Extension Center, in Stuttgart. He later worked in private soybean research in Alabama and Tennessee before becoming project leader for soybean and small grain variety testing at the University of Arkansas Agronomy Department in 1984.


He returned to the private soybean industry from 1991-1996, then managed research for a seed company and later managed a cotton gin. In 2002, he accepted the position of Plant Industry Division director for the Plant Board, and in 2012, he became assistant director.


"From row crops, to livestock, to horticultural products and fish, Arkansas products go toward providing a safe and economical food source for everyone," Walker said in a statement. "This is a major concern for everyone associated in a governmental and/or regulatory capacity. Not only does agriculture provide a livelihood for our producers but (it) also puts food on our tables."