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

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Forestry

Protecting 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

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Programs and Services

Rural Fire Protection
501-679-3581

Baucum Nursery
501-907-2486

Forest Insects/Diseases
501-297-1581

Forestry Law Enforcement/Arson Investigation
501-332-2000

Urban & Community Forestry
479-228-7929

Poison Springs State Forest Office (also District 4 Headquarters Office)
870-836-5882

Water Quality/Best Management Practices
870-312-9999

Arkansas Firewise
501-580-9607

Natural Resources

Efficiently and responsibly managing and protecting our water and land resources for the sustainability, health, safety, and economic benefit of the State of Arkansas

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Address

Natural Resources Division of the
Arkansas Department of Agriculture

10421 W. Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 682-1611
Fax: (501) 682-3991

Email Arkansas Natural Resources

Employee Directory

Water Well Construction Commission

Protecting the general health, safety, and welfare of Arkansans by regulating water well construction and pump installation

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Water Well Construction Commission State of Arkansas
10421 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 682-3900 Fax: (501) 682-3991
Email: Arkansas Water Well Construction Commission

Plant Industries

Serving the citizens of Arkansas and the agricultural and business communities by providing information and unbiased enforcement of laws and regulations set by the Arkansas State Plant Board

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Arkansas Bureau of Standards Contact Information

Contact Us:
501-570-1159
bureau@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Director

Division Director: Nikhil Soman

Petroleum Quality

Chemist Supervisor: Wilford Jones       Phone: 501-570-1151

Chemists:
Teresa Dillard 
Daniel Greene 
Fred Harris 
Ron Phillips 

State Mass and Volume Laboratory

Supervisor: Dr. Russ Summers       Phone: 501-225-1598    

Metrologists:
John Irvin
Eva Ramirez

Weights and Measures

Weights and Measures Supervisor: Tim Chesser       Phone: 501-570-1154  

Inspectors:
Zane Anderson
Tammy Beck
Stan Cottrell
Clay Crabtree
Lowell French
Rex Henderson                
Shelby Mross
Brad Newberry
Eric Okelley
Richard Slater
Brian Terry
Tim Webb
Larry Wornock

Service Agency Compliance, Large Scale, or High Capacity Meters

Special Testing Supervisor: Tim Chesser       Phone: 501-570-1154    

Inspectors:
Brad Avery
Gary Howard
Mike Jones

Office of Administration (Accounting and Personnel)

Administrative Specialist III: Sheila Carter       Phone: 501-570-1157  

Forestry

Protecting 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

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Plant Industries

Serving the citizens of Arkansas and the agricultural and business communities by providing information and unbiased enforcement of laws and regulations set by the Arkansas State Plant Board

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Plant Industries Division Contacts

Plant Industries Division
info@agriculture.arkansas.gov
501-225-1598
1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Arkansas Bureau of Standards

Scott Bray, Director of State Plant Board

Arkansas State Plant Board, Board Members

Pesticide Section

Susie Nichols, Director

Dana McGinty, Certification and Training and Licensing 

Brandi Reynolds, Product Registration and Dealer Licensing 

Leigh Gibson, Enforcement 

Jason Robertson, Worker Protection, Endangered Species and Groundwater 

Seed Section

Mary Smith, Seed Division Director

James Chastain, Certified Seed Section Manager

Aaron Palmer, Seed Laboratory Manager

Plant Industry Section

Mark Stoll,  Plant Industry Division Director

Paul Shell, Plant Inspection and Quarantine

Zac Wellman, Apiary, Boll Weevil, Sweet Potato and Aquaculture

Seth Dunlap, Pest Control Section 

Agricultural Pest Survey Program Manager

Quallity Control & Compliance Section  

Mike Stage, Quality Control & Compliance Section Head

Arkansas Bureau of Standards

Nikhil Soman, Bureau of Standards Director

Tim Chesser, Weights and Measures Section

Roger Frazier, Weights and Measures Investigative Section

Wilford Jones, Petroleum Laboratory Supervisor

Metrology Laboratory Manager


In case of a shutdown of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, please find Emergency Contact information here.

Livestock & Poultry

Safeguarding human and animal health, assuring food safety and quality, and promoting Arkansas livestock and poultry industries for the benefit of our citizens

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Phone: (501) 225-1598
Email: info@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Division Headquarters
info@alpc.ar.gov
(501) 225-1598
1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Patrick Fisk,
Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Division Director
Phone: (501) 249-3369
Email: patrick.fisk@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Vacant
DVM, Arkansas State Veterinarian
Phone: (501) 823-1733
Email:

John G. Nilz, DVM
Veterinary Specialist – Field Services
Phone: (501) 297-2250
Email: john.nilz@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Livestock and Poultry Field Services

Blake Walters
Southeast/Southwest Area:
Phone: (870) 519-0725
Email: blake.walters@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Ray Barker
Northeast Area
Phone: (870) 834-0225
Email: ray.barker@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Kenneth Riggins 
Northwest Area: 
Phone: (501) 351-3556
Email: kenneth.kiggins@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Poultry and Egg Division

Cheri Ellis
Agri Division Manager
Phone: (501) 823-1743
Email: cheri.ellis@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Beth Hudspeth
Phone: (501) 823-1743 
Email: beth.hudspeth@agriculture.arkansas.gov

National Poultry Improvement Plan

Andrea Andrews
NPIP Coordinator
(501) 823-1747
(501) 414-5430 (cell)
Email: andrea.andrews@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Faye Ratthasombath
NPIP Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (501) 823-1717
Email: faye.ratthasombath@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Lorie Bray
NPIP Administrative Specialist
(501) 823-1746 
Email: lorie.bray@agriculture.arkansas.gov

To forward Certificates of Veterinary Inspection/Other Forms:
CVIAR@arkansas.gov

To order Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Forms, Coggins Forms, or Official Identification Devices (Tags):
Kory Jones
(501) 823-1722

Arkansas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
(501) 823-1730

W.R. Summers, PhD
Laboratory Director
Email: russ.summers@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Amy Blubaugh, BA
Bacteriology Supervisor
Email: bacti@alpc.gov

Supervisor Susan House, BSMT
Clinical Pathology
Email: clinpath@alpc.ar.gov

Meghan Porter
Receiving Supervisor
Email: receiving@alpc.ar.gov

Kevin Simmons, BS
Serology Supervisor
Email: serology@alpc.ar.gov

Max Ford, Ph.D
Virology Supervisor
Email: vir@alpc.ar.gov

Jill Franke, BS
Quality Manager
Email: jill.franke@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Cheryl Fossler, MS
Toxicology Supervisor and Safety Coordinator
Email: cheryl.fossler@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Supporting, Protecting, and Growing Arkansas Agriculture and Forestry
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1 Natural Resources Dr.
Little Rock, AR
72205
Email
(501) 225-1598