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

Proposed Regulations

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is proposing State Meat Inspection Program Rules. 

The purpose of the proposed rule is to implement a state inspection program for meat and meat food products.

Comments may be mailed to Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Livestock & Poultry Division, ATTN:  Dan Douglas, 1 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR  72205, or emailed to dan.douglas@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Comments will be accepted beginning November 26 until the close of business December 27, 2021.

The proposed rule may be viewed here.


The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission is proposing amendments to the Feral Hog Airborne Eradication Rule.  The proposed amendments will allow the collection of a permit fee to help defray the costs of administration of the program and shift the burden of producing information and obtaining a permit from the individual landowners to the commercial owners and operators of aircraft used in eradication.

The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission is proposing amendments to the Arkansas Swine Rule.  The proposed amendments will eliminate exceptions to certain diagnostic testing for swine imported into Arkansas which allowed imported swine to be treated more leniently than in-state swine and increased the potential for importing disease into Arkansas;  provide greater guidance on commercial production management plans and commercial commuter agreements; authorize the Commission to administer civil penalties for violation of applicable law and rules; and eliminate provisions in the rule pertaining to terminal facilities which are no longer provided for in the law.

Click here to view the proposed amendments to the Feral Hog Airborne Eradication Rule.
Click here to view the proposed amendments to the Arkansas Swine Rule.

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