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

Boards & Commissions

Abandoned Pesticide Advisory Board

The Abandoned Pesticide Advisory Board selects ten counties per year with a goal of holding at least one collection event in every county in Arkansas. The Advisory Board uses priority watersheds as a guiding principle when selecting counties for pesticide collections.  
 
The board is composed of up to six members, one member from each of the following: Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, Inc., the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the State Plant Board, who shall serve as the board's chair. Members of the board shall serve without compensation.

For information about the current Board Members, the program or the 2021 Pesticide Collection Schedule click here.

Arkansas Beef Council

The mission of the Arkansas Beef Council is to coordinate and implement a program of promotion, research, and market development to enhance the image of beef and improve the potential of Arkansas's cattle industry.

Click here to see the members of the Beef Council.

More information on the Arkansas Beef Council is available here.

Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication Committee

The mission of this Committee is to oversee the program budget and activities of the Arkansas Boll Weevil Foundation. The Committee consists of members of the Plant Board. There is no selection process established. The current Board Members are: Chair - Joe Mencer, Vice Chair - Matt Hyneman, Scott Bray, Gregg Garner, Pace Hindsley, Travis Senter, Benton Felts, and Ramey Stiles.

Arkansas Catfish Promotion Board

The Arkansas Catfish Promotion Board supports the growth and development of the catfish industry in Arkansas through research, promotion, and market development.

Click here to see the members of the board.

Arkansas Corn and Sorghum Board

The purpose of the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board is to promote the growth and development of the corn and grain sorghum industry in Arkansas by research, extension, promotion, and market development, thereby promoting the general welfare of the people of Arkansas.

More information on the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board is available here.

Click here to see the members of the board.

Arkansas Forestry Commission

The mission of the Forestry Division is to protect Arkansas’s forests, and those who enjoy them, from wildland fire and natural hazards while promoting rural and urban forest health, stewardship, development and conservation for all generations of Arkansans.

 Nine members are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Three members must be tree farmers owning 250 acres or less of timber acreage. Each congressional district must be represented.

Click here to view the Arkansas Forestry Board of Commissioners

Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission

The mission of the Livestock and Poultry Commission is to control, suppress, and eradicate livestock and poultry diseases and pests; supervise livestock and poultry sanitary work in the state.

Click here to view the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Board of Commissioners.

Arkansas Milk Stabilization Board

The purpose of the Arkansas Milk Stabilization Board is to take actions to assure the continued viability of dairy farming in the state; assure consumers of an adequate, local supply of milk; encourage increased production to meet the state’s need for quality milk.

The Board consists of five members; two members actively engaged in dairy farming, one Arkansas consumer, one Arkansas milk processor, and one Arkansas retailer. The current members are Vice Chairman William Anglin, Secretary/Treasurer Michael Flagg, Griffin Golloher, Van Morley and Fredrick Simon.

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission

The Commission adopts, modifies, and enforces rules related to water conservation, development, management, and planning.  The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Governor.

In the 2023 Regular Legislative Session, the terms of the commissioners were reduced from seven to five-year terms, two commissioners must be water well contractors, and two members must reside within the boundaries of each congressional district.  Additional changes included the transfer of duties from the Water Well Construction Commission and Soil Classifiers Board to the Commission.

The Commission is responsible for approving or denying petitions to create, combine, divide, expand, or dissolve conservation districts. The Commission provides oversight and assistance to conservation districts. The Commission is responsible for adopting the Arkansas Water Plan and amendments to the Plan. It is responsible for making determinations concerning water shortages, implementing allocation plans in times of shortage, and designating critical groundwater areas. The Commission provides oversight for retail water providers and assists with board trainings.  It is also charged with making recommendations to the General Assembly when a person or entity requests permission to withdraw water from Arkansas for out-of-state usage. The Commission issues orders relating to deficiencies that threaten a dam’s integrity and the safety of the lives and structures below the dam.

The Commission approves issuance of general obligation bonds to finance water development projects and over the last year issued $43 million in bonds.  The Commission uses proceeds from the bond programs and additional state and federal funds to make loans and grants, primarily for water, wastewater, irrigation and solid waste projects.

The Commission also has responsibilities for hearing appeals of the Natural Resources Division Director’s decisions, including water plan compliance decisions; noncompliance with the Commission’s occupational accreditation, certification, and licensing programs; and noncompliance with the Arkansas Soil Nutrient and Poultry Litter Application and Management Act.

Click here to view the Commissioners.

Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board

The purpose of the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board is to improve the profitability of growing rice in Arkansas by conducting a program of research, extension, and market development.

More information on the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board is available here.

Arkansas Seed Arbitration Committee

The purpose of the Seed Arbitration Committee is to assist agricultural seed buyers and agricultural seed dealers or labelers in determining the facts relating to matters alleged in complaints made by buyers against dealers or labelers. The committee may make rules and regulations to carry out the purposes of this act.

The committee may recommend monetary damages be paid to the buyer as a result of the alleged failure of seeds to produce as represented by the labeling of the seed and may also recommend that the seed dealer or labeler reimburse the buyer for the amount of the filing fee paid by the buyer.

Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board

The purpose of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board is to promote the growth and development of the soybean industry in Arkansas by research, extension, promotion, and market development, thereby promoting the general welfare of the people of Arkansas.

More information on the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board is available here.

Arkansas State Board of Registration for Foresters

The purpose of the Arkansas State Board of Registered Foresters is to protect private forest landowners, and license and register foresters who are qualified, experienced, and maintain their continuing education.

The Board consists of six members appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Five members are foresters engaged in forestry for at least 12 years. One member is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello School of Forest Resources, and one member is a consumer that is not actively engaged in or retired from the forestry profession. One member is nominated by each of the following: Arkansas Forestry Association, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Provost of the University of Arkansas at Monticello from the School of Forest Resources’ faculty or staff, Arkansas Division of the Ouachita Society of American Foresters, and Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters, Inc.

Click here to view Board Members.

Arkansas State Board of Registration for Professional Soil Classifiers

The primary duty of the Board is to regulate the profession of soil classifying through registration and examination of Professional Soil Classifiers and Soil Classifiers-in-Training.

They are also responsible for assuring those individuals who are registered professional soil classifiers are qualified to perform soil classification work in the State of Arkansas. The Board is made up of five members and meets from two to several times annually for the purpose of reviewing applications, examining credentials of applicants, administering examinations, hearing complaints and carrying out other activities normal to such boards.

Click here to view Board rules.

Arkansas Water Well Construction Commission

The Arkansas Water Well Construction Commission licenses contractors, certifies water well drillers and pump installers, and provides oversight of technical water well construction rules for the development of underground water in an efficient, orderly, sanitary, reasonable, and safe manner.

The Commission is composed of 7 members:  the Secretary of the Department of Health; the Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture; a person recommended by the Arkansas Heat Pump Association, the EnviroEnergy Group, or another ground water source industry association; two water well drillers located southeast of the fall line in Arkansas; and two water well drillers located southwest of the fall line.

Click here to view the Water Well Construction Commissioners.

Private Wetland and Riparian Zone Creation, Restoration, and Conservation Committee

This Committee consists of directors, or their designees, of the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, and two public members appointed by the Commission. Selection of public members shall be made on the basis of their knowledge of wetlands and riparian zones with consideration given to representation of a wide variety of interests.

Committee members are: Cindy Osborne, Darren Spinks, and Jennifer Sheehan, Jody Duke, Kayti Ewing, Lazendra Hairston, Matthew Irvin and Melanie Treat.

Arkansas Wheat Promotion Board

The mission of the Arkansas Wheat Promotion Board is to promote the growth and development of the wheat industry in Arkansas by research, extension, promotion, and market development, thereby promoting the general welfare of the people of Arkansas.

Click here to see the members of the board.

Ouachita River Commission

The Ouachita River Commission cooperates with the appropriate state and federal agencies for the study, planning, and implementation of needed improvements or projects, or both, to and along the main stem of the Ouachita River in Dallas, Hot Spring, Clark, Ouachita, Calhoun, Union, Bradley, and Ashley Counties, Arkansas.

Nine members are appointed by the Governor; one each from Dallas County, Hot Spring County, Clark County, Ouachita County, Calhoun County, Union County, Bradley County, and Ashley County. The ninth member is the highest-ranking official of the Ouachita River Valley Association and a resident of Arkansas.

Red River Compact Commission

The mission of the Red River Compact Commission is to promote interstate comity among each of the four member states (Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana) by governing use, control, and distribution of the interstate water of the Red River and its tributaries.

The membership consists of two representatives from each signatory state, designated/appointed in accordance with the laws of each state, and one Commissioner appointed by the President of the United States. Arkansas’s representatives are the Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture and a second member residing within the basin of the Red River who is appointed by the Governor.

You can read the compact by going to this free, publicly accessible version of the Arkansas Code and searching for “Red River Compact." 

Training Advisory Board for Retail Water Providers and Related Services- Act 605

Act 605 of the 2021 regular session of the Arkansas General Assembly amended the law regarding retail water providers to provide additional oversight of providers and training of provider board members. Act 605 placed oversight of retail water providers under the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and established a process for rate studies and improvement plans for providers found to be in fiscal distress. The law also created a 15-member advisory training board for the development of required training for members of retail water provider boards.

Below is a list of the positions (or their designee) required to serve on the advisory training board and those serving in FY2022:

Board MemberLocationRepresenting
Dr. Jose RomeroLittle RockSecretary of Health, Arkansas Dept. of Health (Dr. Richard McMullen – Designee)
Mark HayesNorth Little RockExecutive Assistant, Arkansas Municipal League (Jack Critcher – Designee)
Dennis SternbergLonokeCEO, Arkansas Rural Water Association - Designated Member
Chris VilinesLittle RockExecutive Director, Arkansas Association of Counties (Darryl Mahoney- Designee)
Randy HarperCamdenDirector, Arkansas Environmental Training Academy - Designated Member
Karen PetrusLittle RockActing State Director, Arkansas USDA Rural Development - Designated Member
Senator Gary StubblefieldBranchChair, Senate Committee on City, Country, and Local Affairs - Designated Member
Chris ColclasureLittle RockDirector, Arkansas Natural Resources Division - Designated Member
Rep. Frederick LoveMabelvaleVice Chair, House Committee on City, County, and Local Affairs - Designated Member
Lance McAvoyFort SmithBoard Chair, Arkansas Water Works and Water Environment Association - Designated Member
Chris PageFayettevilleBoard Chair, Communities Unlimited, Inc. (Brad Jarrett- Designee)
Senator Terry RiceWaldronVice Chair, Senate Committee on City, County, and Local Affairs - Designated Member
Greg RamonLittle RockPresident, Arkansas Water and Wastewater Managers Association (David Liles – Designee)
Rep. Lanny FiteBentonChair, House Committee on City, County, and Local Affairs (Dickie Kentner – Designee)
Tad BohannonLittle RockCEO, Central Arkansas Water - Designated Member

Arkansas State Plant Board

The mission of the Arkansas State Plant Board is to protect and serve citizens and agricultural and business communities by providing information and unbiased enforcement of laws and regulations.
Click here to view the Arkansas State Plant Board Members.

Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board

The mission of the Veterinary Medical Examining Board is to administer the veterinary statutes with the highest degree of integrity, competency and efficiency, commensurate with the professional standards of veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

This board has the responsibility to examine and determine the qualifications and fitness of applicants to practice general veterinary medicine or any specialty area thereof, and certification of veterinary technicians; to issue, renew, deny, suspend or revoke licenses or certificates or otherwise discipline veterinarians or veterinary technicians; to conduct investigations on persons practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

The boards primary activities are to 1) Administer the Written State Jurisprudence Exam once a year to all qualified veterinary applicants; 2) Grant a license to those who pass the State Board and otherwise qualify; 3) Evaluate qualifications of education, skill and experience for certification of a person as a veterinary technician; 4) Annually register all DVM’s and CVT’s and issue them a certificate to practice; 5) Investigate violations of the Veterinary Medical Practice Act and Regulations and take disciplinary action where appropriate; 6) Monitor mandatory continuing professional education on DVM’s and CVT’s who hold a license or certificate to practice; and 7) Hold formal or informal hearings when needed.

To view the Veterinary Medical Examining Board Members click here.