Ward grows Virginia-type peanuts along with corn and soybeans. His wife Julie and parents Wilbur and Joyce are integral to the farming operation. A graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. in agricultural engineering, Ward is also chairman of The Peanut Foundation, vice chairman of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission and serves on the Bladen County Planning Board. He is a member of the sustainability committee with the American Peanut Council. Previously, Ward served as past-president of the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association and was on the American Farm Bureau’s Peanut Advisory Committee.