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Arkansas Wants Your Dairy

Milk is Arkansas's official state drink! Dairy products include fluid beverage milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, yogurt, dry  milk products, condensed milk, and whey products. 

Many areas of Arkansas are excellent locations for dairy farm operations. Arkansas has some of the most competitive utility rates in the region and the country. We are also known for a friendly regulatory structure for operations and growth.

Find resources here including inspection and regulatory information, quick links to veterinarians and service providers, as well as fact sheets and updates to equip current dairy farmers and those interested in moving dairy operations to the Natural State. 

Arkansas Dairy Inspection Requirements

The Milk Program of the Arkansas Department of Health conducts monthly inspections of dairy farms, milk plants, single service plants and ice cream plants

Arkansas Dairy Regulations

Dairy operations in Arkansas with liquid waste management systems are covered by an individual No-Discharge permit from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) under Regulation 5. 

A dairy operation with fewer than 100 cows and a dry waste management system (Dry Stack System) will not be required to obtain a permit from ADEQ. However, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission will provide these dry operations with a Nutrient Management Plan.

A full overview of Arkansas Dairy Facilities Permitting Requirements and a Regulation 5 Permit are provided below.

Dairy Data and Fact Sheets