The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act (Act) was enacted in 2017 and amended in 2019 to create, strengthen, and expand local farm and food economies throughout the state. The Act requires institutions to set a goal of at least 20% of their purchase of food products to be spent on local food. It also requires institutions to complete a reporting form, created by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, on their local food procurement budget on a yearly basis.
The Department will be hosting a Local Food Act Q&A Webinar on August 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM to explain the Act, share updates on the Local Food Act reporting form, and answer questions. Registration for the webinar can be found here.