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

Poultry Feeding Operations Registration

Poultry feeding operations need to complete annual registration by March 31

The Natural Resources Division (NRD) and each County Conservation District remind all owners of poultry feeding operations (PFOs) that the annual registration for PFOs begins January 1.

Registration dates run through March 31 and affect any PFO with 2,500 or more confined fowl.

The NRD administers the registration program for the purpose of collecting information on the number of poultry, type of poultry, and practices of poultry feeding operations in the state. The program is designed to preserve Arkansas’s economy and water quality through registration, training, and research.

The program's goal is to reduce the overabundance of phosphorus and nitrogen that threaten water resources while minimizing the impact on fertilizer users.

Each poultry producer will register their operation through their local county conservation district. There will be an annual $10 registration fee per operation payable to the conservation district.

Under Arkansas law, persons in Arkansas who own or operate poultry feeding operations where 2,500 or more poultry are housed or confined on any given day will be required to register annually with the commission and pay a $10 fee for each operation.

Failure to do so will result in the following penalties:

  • First Offense -- Written notice of Non-Compliance with the Arkansas Poultry Registration Act.
  • Second Offense -- Fine up to $50.
  • Third Offense – Fine up to $500.

For more information about PFO registration, contact your local county conservation district office or contact Monica Hancock, Environmental Program Coordinator, at 479 250-7444 or email Monica Hancock

Click here to download the PFO registration form or obtain it from your local county conservation district. Click here for contact information about your local county conservation district.

Click here to view to Poultry Terminology Key.
Reference: Arkansas Poultry Registration Act Title XIX

Monica Hancock, Environmental Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Division
10421 W. Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 479 250-7444
Email: Monica Hancock