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
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 on the 2020 Pesticide Collection Schedule click here.
The Arkansas Agriculture Board offers expertise to the Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture on all matters concerning agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture and kindred industries.
The Arkansas Agriculture Board is appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson and consists of 20 voting members and 8 nonvoting ex officio members. Each member brings expertise and experience on specific areas of agriculture. The Board elects officers every two years.
Click here to view the Arkansas Agriculture Board Members.
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 mission of the Arkansas Fire Ant Advisory Board is to coordinate and provide council on fire ant research efforts and educational programs.
The board consists of eight members as follows: Vice President for Agriculture of the University of Arkansas, the head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville or his or her representative, the Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture or his or her representative, and the following to be appointed from an ant-infested area by the Chair of the Arkansas Fire Ant. Terms of service are four years.
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
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 Commission establishes policy and makes funding and regulatory decisions relative to soil conservation, nutrient management, water rights, dam safety and water resources planning and development.
The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The members serve staggered seven-year terms of office. Each of Arkansas's four congressional districts is represented by two commissioners with the ninth commissioner holding an at-large position.
Click here to view the Commissioners.
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 money damages be paid the buyer as a result of 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.
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.
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.
Litter Utilization Committee
This Committee facilitates the utilization or removal of excess litter in nutrient surplus areas.
Members are appointed by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission from poultry feeding operations, Department of Agriculture staff, and other persons knowledgeable in litter management.
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.
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.
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."
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.
There are 16 voting members and two non-voting members. Members appointed by the Governor serve at the pleasure of the Governor. Members appointed by an association serve at the pleasure of the association.
Click here to view the Arkansas State Plant Board Members.
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.
The Arkansas Wetlands Mitigation Bank is administered by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC). The Director of ANRC, in consultation with the Wetland Technical Advisory Committee, has the authority to: set sales price and sell credits, acquire and accept title for approved mitigation sites from willing sellers, and conduct other activities necessary to administer the mitigation bank program.
The membership of the committee consists of Directors of the Arkansas Game and Fish, the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the Division of Arkansas Heritage, the Division of Environmental Quality, and two public members with expertise in aquatic resources ecology appointed by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.