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
Creating, Strengthening, and Expanding Arkansas’s Food and Farm Economies.
The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act (Local Food Act) was enacted in 2017 and amended in 2019 to create, strengthen, and expand local farm and food economies throughout the state. The Local Food Act asks agencies to set a goal of at least 20% of the *agency’s purchases of food products to be spent on local food and it requires agencies to provide information on their **local food procurement budget.
*Agency: Institute of higher education (college, university), child care facility (k-12 school, early childhood education center, juvenile detention center, youth residential treatment facility), state park, after-school program, state agency or other entity of the state, and designees under contract within Arkansas.
**Local Food: Food products that are grown in Arkansas and/or packaged and processed in Arkansas.
The screening questions and local food procurement report can be accessed here.
Responses must be submitted via the portal by 11:59 PM on October 1, 2020. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is tasked with gathering and compiling information from all eligible agencies into a report to the Governor, Arkansas General Assembly, and general public. Agencies that do not complete the screening questions will be reported as “Did Not Respond”.
Depending on the information provided in the responses, some agencies will be prompted to complete additional reporting questions about the agency’s procurement of local farm or food products and the vendors from whom they purchase those products. You will upload a complete copy of this Local Food Vendor Spreadsheet as it pertains to your agency's local food purchasing.
On August 18, 2020 at 2:00 PM CST we will host a Local Food Act Q&A Webinar. Register here.
If you have any questions, please reach out to LFFJAHelp@arkansas.gov.