Department of Agriculture

Supporting Arkansas farmers and ranchers while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of Arkansas, the nation, and across the globe

The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act


The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act 2019  Annual Report provides information on what food and farm products are being purchased in Arkansas and how institutions, schools and entities are purchasing local food.

For more information about the Farm to School and Early Childhood Program contact Sarah Lane at

Arkansas Farm to School

In Arkansas, 47 school districts are using farm to school practices. That's an impact on 195 schools, and 95,605 students! Top products for the farm to school sales in Arkansas are apples, watermelon, berries, sweet potatoes, and lettuce. Check out the Arkansas State Profile by the National Farm to School Network for more information.

Many Arkansas-based nonprofit, research and educational organizations are working to provide students with nutrition education and hands-on learning opportunities through the farm to school programs. There is great potential for growth in this area, with agriculture being a vital contribution to the Arkansas economy.

Visit the National Farm to School Network website for more information and resources about farm to school across the nation.