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

Farmers Market Programs

Arkansas Farmers Market Promotion Grant

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture (Department) and Farm Credit have partnered again for the Arkansas Farmers Market Promotion Grant. These funds can be used for the following promotional items to help build community and regional awareness for your farmer market: signage, times of operation and location details; local advertising including print, radio, and television media projects; and social media campaigns.

The program will provide cost share assistance for 75% up to $400. 

Please do not forget to attach all the required criteria to the application:

  • A detailed explanation of the proposed use of the funds
  • An itemized budget identifying other funding sources
  • A copy of the proposed promotion or signage - all proposed signage MUST include Farm Credit and Arkansas Department of Agriculture logo; to request digital copies, contact Mary Elizabeth Lea.

Applications are available mid-January to early March. 

Application may be submitted to or:

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Attn: Mary Elizabeth Lea
1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

Farmers Market Bags

The Department and Farm Credit are also partnering to provide Farmers Market Bags. Farmers Market Bags can be ordered throughout the year. 

A minimum purchase of 250 bags is required. 

Once determined to be good standing, the market manager will be contacted about bag retrieval. 

Markets are responsible for bag pick-up unless the Market Manager chooses to incur the cost of shipping.

To Order Farmers Market Bags:
Please fill out the Order Form and mail with a check to the address on the form.

The Farmer Market Vendor Guide is available here.