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QWSP Programs Cancellation Extended Through June 30th, Train Will Open Later In Season

Queen Wilhelmina State Park near Mena announced today that all park-driven special events will be cancelled through June 30th, with the exception of fishing derbies (which must adhere to AGFC’s and ADH’s guidelines).

The park lodge is currently open for reservations Friday-Monday. Everyone must wear a face-covering in any public spaces.

The restaurant is open with limited capacity and hours. Guests must wear a face-covering until served.

Questions about reservation cancellations should be made to the park directly. You can find the latest COVID-19 updates from Arkansas State Parks on our detailed response page.

If you get a busy signal when calling the park, please email the park directly at queenwilhelmina@arkansas.com.

Mountain Glory Train Concessionaire has decided to open later in the season, so it is temporarily closed.

For more information, visit the park’s website. 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 level.”

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 www.agriculture.arkansas.gov.

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 level.”

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 www.agriculture.arkansas.gov.

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