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

Responses to COVID-19 and Governor Hutchinson’s Executive Order 20-06

Work Schedules

  • The Department has made adjustments to our normal work schedules in order to ensure the safety of our employees while also supporting the industry and providing our services to the maximum extent possible. New work schedules include both remote and on-site work.
  • The Department has requested that the public utilize the Department’s contact lists to conduct business and resolve any issues electronically in order to minimize the need for in-person visits to Department locations.
  • In the event that business must be conducted in person we will ask individuals to complete a health screening questionnaire in order to ensure the safety of our employees as well as the public.
  • All currently scheduled board and commission meetings will be held telephonically.

Forestry Division

  • Poison Springs State Forest camp site reservations cancelled; no reservations being accepted until further notice.   
    • Beginning Friday, April 3rd and until further notice, due to the COVID - 19 outbreak, overnight camping will NOT be allowed on the Poison Springs State Forest. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture's Forestry Division welcomes day users/visitors to enjoy the State Forest as long as visitors are in groups of less than 10 and practice social distancing. All current camp site reservations are cancelled and no reservations will be accepted until further notice. Poison Springs State Forest staff will be monitoring the forest and camp sites during this uncertain time

Livestock and Poultry Division 

  • Consistent with recent guidance from the Food and Drug Administration, the Livestock & Poultry Division is waiving the requirements of the Arkansas Egg Marketing Act, Ark. Code Ann. § 20-58-201 et seq., and the Regulations Enforcing the Arkansas Egg Marketing Act prohibiting the sale by retail food establishments of shell eggs in cartons or flats without labels, provided conditions stated in the waiver are met. View here: Livestock and Poultry Division Waiver of Egg Container Requirements

Plant Industry Division

Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board

  • Veterinary Medical Examining Board Rule 092.00.1-3.7.G requires that continuing education programs be submitted to the Board at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting. While programs must still be submitted to the Board for prior approval, effective April 15th 2020, the requirement that the submission be at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting is suspended until further notice.
Water Well Construction Commission
  • The Water Well Construction Commission will waive renewal fees for licenses and certificates for contractor’s licenses, driller’s licenses, pump installer’s licenses, and apprentice certificates until July 31, 2020. Applications for renewal must still be submitted by July 31.  Renewal fees will not be waived for applications received after the July 31 deadline and the standard late fees will apply.  Fees for drill rigs and pump installation permits are still in effect. The waiver can be found here.
  • The number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) required by the Water Well Construction Commission for annual renewal period ending July 31, 2020 is reduced from six (6) to three (3) hours.  Three CEU hours are offered online through a link on the Commission website: awwcc.arkansas.gov.   Any contractor who has acquired more than three (3) CEUs for this upcoming renewal will be allowed to carry over the additional hours toward next year’s renewal requirement. Click here to view the requirement.