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Grain Warehouses

New Grain Warehouse License

Do I need a Grain Warehouse License or a Grain Dealer License? 

A Grain Warehouse license is for a business that buys, sells, and stores grain. A Grain Warehouse license can only be issued to a business that has grain bins and/or warehouses to store grain. A Grain Dealer license is for a business or person that buys and sells grain only; they do not store or handle grain. A grain dealer buys grain from producer/owners, handles all monies from the sale of the grain and pays the producer/owner.  A Grain Warehouse license is needed for any grain facility that is buying and/or storing grain for anyone else, other than themselves. If you have a Federal Grain License you are exempt from this law. This license gives some protection to any grain owner who stores their grain commercially.

The following documents are required by law to obtain a Grain Warehouse License:

1. A completed application for a license to operate a public grain warehouse. New applications must be accompanied with a one-hundred-and-fifty-dollar fee ($150.00). All licenses expire on June 30 of the fiscal year they are issued.  The renewal fee is based on the total storage capacity of the business according to the below chart from the Arkansas Grain Warehouse Rules, Section IV. 

The following documents are required by law to obtain a Grain Warehouse License:

1. A completed application for a license to operate a public grain warehouse. New applications must be accompanied with a one-hundred-and-fifty-dollar fee ($150.00). All licenses expire on June 30 of the fiscal year they are issued.  The renewal fee is based on the total storage capacity of the business according to the below chart from the Arkansas Grain Warehouse Rules, Section IV. 

2. A Certificate of Insurance on Stored Grain (Form GW-4) must completed by an insurance agent and returned to this office. Grain must be insured for its full market value. This form must be sent directly to us from your insurance company by email or mail.

3. A Certified Financial Statement must be prepared and submitted by your CPA directly to the Grain Warehouse Section. The financial statement must be in PDF format or a bound copy and have a closing date within the last 6 months.

4. The Certificate of Fact (GW/GD-3) must be completed and returned. This form must be signed by an authorized person and must be notarized.

5. The Schedule of Charges for Storing and Handling Grain (GW-5) must be completed and mailed to the office.  The Schedule will be returned to you for posting after approval.

6. A sample copy of your scale ticket, purchase contract(s) and daily position record must be submitted for approval.  After approval, the first (#1) voided original of your scale ticket, purchase contract(s), and daily position record must be sent to this office and kept on file.  All modifications to existing documents must be preapproved by the Grain Warehouse Section.

7. Each applicant is required to have one form of surety. You may choose from a Bond, Letter of Credit (LOC) or a Certificate of Deposit (CD).  A Bond Form (GW-6), Letter of Credit Form (GW-7, and Certificate of Deposit (Form GW-8) is included in the New Grain Warehouse Application Package.   Surety is based on the storage capacity of your facility and is determined by our Auditors.

  • If your company is a corporation, you must submit a corporate charter and if your company is a Limited Liability Corporation, you must submit your corporate resolution.

After all the required items have been met, your Arkansas Grain Warehouse License will be issued.

Grain Warehouse Renewal License

The following documents are required to renew your Grain Warehouse License:

1. The Application (Form GW-2).

2. License renewal fee (Based on Regulation Section IV)

3. Certificate of Fact (Form GW/GD-3). This form must be signed and notarized.

4. Schedule of Charges (Form GW-5). This form must be signed by warehouse manager and the effective tariff date indicated thereon.

5. A current Financial Statements prepared by a CPA and must include:

a. Compilation Statement

b. Balance Sheet, or Statement of Financial Position

c. Income Statement, or Statement of Revenues and Expenses

d. Statement of Cash Flows

e. Schedule of Notes Payable

If the financial statement on file in this office is current, less than 6 months old, there is no need to submit a duplicate.

6. Proof of Insurance of file must be current and will not expire before the end of the next fiscal year (June 30).

7. Surety, Bond, CD or Letter of Credit, must be current and will not expire before the end of the next fiscal year (June 30). 

8.  Current list of Grain Graders working at the facility.

After all the required items have been met, the renewal for your Arkansas Grain Warehouse License will be issued.

Amended Grain Warehouse License

This application is used when a current state licensed Grain Warehouse changes their storage capacity of their facility.

Contact Us

Grain Warehouse Section Email:
grainwarehouse@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Mike Stage
Quality Control and Compliance Manager
Mike.stage@agriculture.arkansas.gov 
Desk Phone:  501-219-6338
Cell Phone:  501-351-5335 

Tara Trent
Admin Specialist 3
Desk Phone:  501-219-6350
tara.trent@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Kortney White
Grain Warehouse Auditor Supervisor
Cell Phone:  870-565-3090
Kortney.white@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Gary King
Grain Warehouse Auditor
Cell Phone:  501-239-0606
Gary.king@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Josh Dement
Grain Warehouse Auditor
Cell Phone:  501-658-4908
Josh.dement@agriculture.arkansas.gov

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