Ray Ward is president and co-owner of Ward Laboratories, Inc. He is ARCPACS certified Professional Soil Scientist with a Ph.D. in Soil Fertility from South Dakota State University, 1972. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees from University of Nebraska 1959 and 1961. Before founding Ward Laboratories, Inc. in Kearney he served as lab division manager of Servi-Tech, Inc in Dodge City, Kansas; associate professor at Oklahoma State University; and assistant professor and instructor at South Dakota State University.
He holds numerous memberships in scientific and honorary academic societies and organizations. Ray has received many awards including the Soil Science Industry Award and Soil Science Professional Service Award from Soil Science Society of America in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He received the J. Benton Jones, Jr. Award, which was presented to him at the 12th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis, Chania, Greece, June 9, 2011. He received the Henry Beachell Distinguished Alumni Award from the Nebraska Ag Alumni 2016.
His goals for agriculture and agronomy are to help production agriculture use its resources as efficiently as possible, to provide information and data for developing soil health for the best use of soil and water resources while maintaining environmental quality, to be involved in “value-added” agriculture and to provide accurate laboratory data for managing productions enterprises.