National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP)

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The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) is a cooperative Federal-State-Industry mechanism developed for controlling certain poultry diseases. The Plan consists of a variety of programs intended to prevent and control egg-transmitted, hatchery disseminated poultry diseases. NPIP identifies states, flocks, hatcheries, and dealers that meet certain disease control standards specified in the various programs. As a result, customers can buy poultry that has tested clean of certain diseases or that has been produced under disease-prevention conditions. Being a member of NPIP also allows greater ease in moving hatching eggs/live birds within the state, across state lines, and into other countries. In fact, most countries will not accept hatching eggs/live birds unless they can be shown to be an NPIP participant.

Presently under the National Poultry Improvement Plan, Arkansas is proud to be designated as a "U.S. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean State" in both chickens and turkeys, as well as a "U.S. Mycoplasma gallisepticum Clean State" in turkeys.

Private Tester List

NPIP participants are classified under the following categories(subparts):

  • Subpart B - Egg-Type Chicken
  • Subpart C - Meat-Multiplier Type Chicken
  • Subpart D - Turkey
  • Subpart E - Waterfowl, Exhibition Poultry, and Game Bird Breeding Flocks 
  • Subpart H - Meat-Primary Type Chicken

For a list of NPIP Participants by State follow the link and select the desired state.

NPIP Flock/Hatchery Programs Available for the Commercial Sector (Subparts B, C, D, H):

  • Pullorum-Typhoid Clean 
  • Mycoplasma gallisepticum Clean 
  • Mycoplasma synoviae Clean 
  • Mycoplasma meleagridis Clean 
  • Avian Influenza Clean 
  • Salmonella enteritidis Clean 
  • Mycoplasma gallisepticum Monitored 
  • Mycoplasma synoviae Monitored 
  • Salmonella Monitored 
  • Sanitation Monitored 

NPIP Flock/Hatchery Programs available for the waterfowl, exhibition poultry, and game bird flocks (Subpart E):

  • Pullorum-Typhoid Clean 

Blood Testing School Information:

The NPIP Division licenses individuals to blood test birds for Salmonella pullorum, which also allows them to fill out 90 Day certificates for tested birds. This licensing enables persons to blood test their own birds, as well as other individuals' birds. Private individuals wanting to do this testing for county fairs, shows, flea markets, sales, etc. can attend one of our three blood testing schools in Fayetteville, Batesville, and Little Rock.

 Commercial Blood Testing Schools are held for employees of poultry companies to enable them to blood test the commercial flocks for NPIP programs.  

 Testing Schools are normally in April or May and will be completed by June. We currently do not offer any testing outside of this window.  Once the schedule has been finalized it will be posted on the Calendar of Events:

For a list of private testers by county in Arkansas, download our Private Tester List .

Subpart E (Flock Certification) - Waterfowl, Exhibition Poultry, and Game Bird Breeding Flocks

The NPIP Subpart E Program refers to our backyard flock certification. A state inspector will examine your premises and test your poultry to renew your certification annually. Please review the Recommended Documents for Subpart E Participants before requesting your inspection.

General Participation

Any person may participate in the plan when he/she has demonstrated, to the satisfaction of Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission (AL&PC), that the facilities and practices are adequate for carrying out the provisions of the plan and has signed an agreement with AL&PC to comply with the general and the applicable specific provisions of the Plan and any regulations of AL&PC.

 Each participant shall comply with the Plan throughout the operating year - full 12 months.

  • Participating flocks receive a Salmonella pullorum-free certified status, which covers the following 12 months.  This certificate is recognized through-out the United States and the world as meeting entry requirements regarding Salmonella pullorum.
  • In addition, an annual directory is published and distributed nationwide listing all participants and the breeds on record. 

For more information, check the NPIP Guidelines for Certification for Independent Flocks and Hatcheries

 If you would like to become an NPIP Subpart E participant, please complete the online form

Fee Schedule for Backyard Certification: 

 Testing, per bird
 Banding, per bird
 Incubator//Hatcher Swabs- :
        1-4 swabs
        5-8 swabs

 Additional swabs-
$7 per set of 4