Arkansas Agriculture Department Services

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·    Apiary

Inspect registered apiaries across the state and participate in a National Honey Bee Survey by USDA to determine what honey bee pests and diseases we have in the U.S. 

·         Area Investigation 

This sector of the State Weights and Measures Division carries out continuous systematic inspections of standard and random pack products at retail and wholesale outlets; test gasoline pumps and small commercial scales for compliance, and gasoline storage tanks. 

·         Arkansas Abandoned Agricultural Pesticide Program 

This program holds approximately 10 county wide collection events per year to remove old agricultural pesticides from the environment.

·         Arkansas Agriculture Board 

The Board is responsible for electing nominees for appointment as Secretary of the Arkansas Agriculture Department by the Governor, and keeping abreast of events as well as advising the Secretary on all matters concerning agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture and kindred industries.

·         Arkansas Certified Bait Program 

To provide high quality, farm-raised bait and ornamental fish, free of certain diseases, undesirable plants, undesirable animals, and other contaminates deemed injurious to fish or fisheries

·         Arkansas Dairy Stabilization Program 

Created to halt the decline in Arkansas milk production by providing grants to milk producers during periods of financial stress and providing grants to individual milk producers who increase their volume and quality of milk above production during a base period.

·         Arkansas Federal-State Inspection Program 

This section is responsible for providing inspections of fresh fruit and vegetables for the purpose of certifying their quality, condition, and quantity.

·         Arkansas Fire Boat School 

The Arkansas Forestry Commission and partners host this annual event and create simulated scenarios in live water emergency scenes as training for the fire departments and rescue crews that attend.

·         Arkansas Firewise Program 

There were one hundred and fifty Firewise-recognized communities in 2014, making it the largest of all participating programs in the country. Personnel provide Risk Assessment Training to fire departments and oversee Community Wildfire Preparedness Plans. 

·         Arkansas Food & Farm Magazine

A quarterly publication that advertises Arkansas Grown food, farms, farmers markets, restaurants, and more.

·         Arkansas Forestry Commission

This organization is responsible for the protection of 15.85 million acres of non-federal forestland across the state. Foresters and rangers are involved daily in one or more of the four key activities of fire protection: prevention, pre-suppression, detection, and suppression. 

·         Arkansas Forestry Commission Seedlings 

The Arkansas Forestry Commission grows and sells forest tree seedlings for reforestation. Seedlings available are Pine, Oak, and a variety of hardwoods. 

·         Arkansas Grown 

Developed by the Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) to help potential buyers locate Arkansas producers and provide a marketing outlet for farmers, free of charge. 

·         Arkansas Grown Magazine 

An annual publication that showcases some of the state’s top crops, livestock, agribusiness, tourism, food safety, and local products. 

·         Arkansas Made 

An extension of the Arkansas Grown program directed towards individuals and businesses that make products such as baked goods, jams and jellies, crafts, and other such goods in the state. 

·         Arkansas State Plant Board

Products and services such as seed, feed, fertilizer, pesticides, weights and measures, petroleum, honeybees, plant pests, nurseries, pest control services and many others are regulated by the Arkansas State Plant Board.

·         Aquaculture Program 

According to the 2012 Census, Arkansas ranks number 1 in baitfish production and number 3 in ornamental fish production. The program was started to certify bait and ornamental fish shipments as aquatic nuisance species (ANS) and disease free.

·         Aviation Department 

Supports each of the eight AFC districts through aerial fire detection, timber damage surveys, insect and disease surveys, and cooperation with other state and federal agencies with the use of 15 aircraft, 4 full-time pilots and extra-help pilots during periods of high fire danger. 

·         Bacteriology and Mycology 

This full-service lab provides aerobic, anaerobic, and fungal cultures in addition to a bovine respiratory panel, pseudomonas panel and panels for other susceptibilities. 

·         Baucum Nursery 

The nursery’s purpose is to produce, store and distribute pine and hardwood seedlings of the highest quality to private, non-industrial landowners for afforestation and reforestation purposes. 

·         Biotechnology 

We continue to receive Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) applications for movement and planting of material under regulation for comment. Our comments are considered before permits are granted. 

·         Boll Weevil Eradication Program 

            Collect per/acre assessment from cotton farmers and use the funds to set traps. 

·         Century Farm Program

            The Arkansas Century Farm Program recognizes Arkansas’s rich agricultural heritage

and honors families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years.

·         Clinical Pathology

Services provided include general chemistry, hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, parasitology, IFA testing and endocrine testing for hormonal disorders.

·         Commercial/Non-Commercial Pest Control Section 

This section is responsible for administering the Arkansas Pest Control Law Rules and Regulations through licensing, certifying, and setting standards.  

·         Radio Communications Crew 

Responsible for the operation, repair, and improvement of 52 communications towers and 12 base stations as well as hundreds of handheld and mobile radios. 

·         Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 

The AFC is a primary Technical Service Provider for this NRCS program and is responsible for development of the Conservation Plan to direct implementation, and verification of the implementation through audit and compliance checks. 

·         Division of Feed and Fertilizer 

Collect samples and run tests on feed, liming materials, and fertilizers to ensure product matches the list of ingredients. 

·         Egg and Poultry Inspection/Grading Program 

Inspectors routinely check outlets to ensure compliance with laws as well as promote the egg and poultry industry. 

·         Egg Marketing Act 

Establishes and enforces the standards for grading, classification, and marking of shell eggs. 

·         Endangered Species Protection Program 

            This program protects endangered and threatened species from harm due to pesticide use. 

·         Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) 

For this NRCS program, the AFC prepares or revises management plans, conducts planting inspections, conducts seedling survival checks, performs prescribed burns and installs fire breaks. 

·         Farm to School 

A program designed to connect school cafeterias and classrooms with local producers to educate students about where their food comes from and improve nutrition. 

·         Fire Weather and Prescribed Burning 

The Supervisor is in charge of recording and organizing prescribed burn information to comply with new voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines as well as providing weather updates to AFC fire crews during burns for better planning and management. 

·         Forest Health Program 

Provides technical assistance to AFC personnel and landowners regarding the prevention, detection, evaluation, and suppression of forest insects and diseases. 

·         Forest Legacy Program 

This program protects forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses through fee simple title or conservation easement purchases and provides federal funding for up to 75 percent of the cost of conservation easements or fee acquisition.

·         Forest Stewardship Program 

This program provides an opportunity for non-industrial, private forest landowners to manage their property for multiple-uses such as wildlife, recreation, soil and water conservation, agro-forestry, and/or timber production.

·         Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program 

Forest resource data has been collected in Arkansas since the 1930s. Every year, foresters collect measurements on 20 percent of the 5,700 FIA sample plots that are on a 3x3 mile grid across the state. This provides annual updates on forest growth, damage, mortality, health, timber availability, etc. 

·         Fuel Quality Inspection 

Area Investigation inspectors conduct inspections routinely and in response to complaints. Inspections are conducted at gas stations across the state. 

·         Generic Pesticide Management Plan 

Developed to help prevent contamination of Arkansas’ ground waters. 

·         Grain Moisture Meter Laboratory 

Moisture content is one of the most important factors affecting the quality of grain and the price the grower receives for that grain. The lab is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of moisture meters used in the buying and selling of grain.

·         Homegrown by Heroes 

This program is one way the AAD is encouraging Veterans to pursue careers in agriculture as well as recruit more Veterans to Arkansas. 

·         Imported Fire Ant Quarantine 

A border survey is conducted every year in the areas just beyond the quarantine to determine if new populations have become established.          

·         International Marketing 

Develop connections through trade missions, livestock shows, and other events that will promote Arkansas agriculture exports.  

·         Law Enforcement 

While they have the authority to enforce all State laws, the focus of the Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) is on unlawful dumping, timber theft, forest fires, and logging equipment theft/ vandalism. 

·         Licenses and Registrations 

The State Plant Board requires that a variety of individuals and companies that sell products or services must be licensed or registered. This could include fuel stations, convenience stores, and pesticide dealers and applicators. 

·         Livestock Inspection and Disease Control Program 

Control the movement of livestock on an intra and interstate basis to ensure compliance with state disease control laws and regulations through inspection of cattle and swine herds, surveillance of auction barns, livestock inspectors, and garbage feeding establishments. 

·         Metrology Lab 

Calibrates and certifies standards and instruments used by state government, commerce, industry, as well as educational and research institutions. 

·         Noxious Weeds and Invasive Animal List 

The ASPB educates producers about noxious weeds and invasive plant species that are or have the potential to cause economic or human harm. 

·         Organic Cost Share Reimbursement Program 

Provides cost share assistance to organic producers and handlers certified to the National Organic Program (NOP) by accredited certifying agents.

·         Package Standards Program 

Products are inspected, weighed and measured to ensure they are correctly packaged and labeled for the consumer’s benefit. 

·         Pathology 

Necropsies, biopsies, cytology and fluid analysis are reviewed daily in an effort to provide results within 1 or 2 days. 

·         Pest Control Section 

Provide testing and, if applicable, a license to any person engaging in pest control service in Arkansas as well as perform inspections. 

·         Pesticide Applicator Certification and Recertification 

The licensing of pesticide applicators and regulations is the responsibility of the Arkansas State Plant Board.  The required safety training, also known as Certification or Recertification, is provided by the U of A Cooperative Extension Service

·         Pesticide Applicator Training 

Depending on the applicator permit, operators are required to attend a training session every few years to stay up to date on new regulations and techniques. 

·         Pesticide Lab 

In charge of sampling various pesticides to ensure that the types and amounts of active ingredients match the label. 

·         Pesticide Registration 

The registration process helps insure that all pesticides used in Arkansas have been assessed for safety and efficacy by the EPA before they are distributed within the state.

·         Pesticide Regulation 

The ASPB fairly and equitably enforces the Arkansas Pesticide Use and Application Act as well as investigates any reports of perceived misuse of pesticides. 

·         Phytosanitary Certificates 

Declares the certified items to be free of pests, weeds, and diseases of concern for the importing country.

·         Pink Bollworm Program 

ASPB places traps at gins in Northeast Arkansas and monitors them in addition to inspecting gins and ensuring they are in compliance with the gin clean-up deadline. 

·         Plant Inspection and Quarantine Section 

This section inspects nurseries, plant beds and plant shipments; certifies sweet potato plants; strawberry plants and turf grasses; enforces quarantines as follows: sweet potato weevil, phony peach disease, fire ant, soybean cyst nematode; and, enforces the Nursery Fraud Act.

·         Plant Quality Program 

Created to regulate agriculture products through inspections and licensing in order to safeguard consumers as well as the industry. 

·         Price Verification Program 

Area Investigation inspectors perform continuous inspections and testing on check-out price scanners to ensure their accuracy. 

·         Public Grain Warehouse and Catfish Processor Section

Charged with the responsibility of licensing, auditing and bonding those grain warehouses that are not federally licensed and to protect catfish producers from unfair payment practices by processors. 

·         Rural Fire Protection Program 

This program provides required Wildland Training Courses for volunteer fire departments (VFDs) and administers federal grant programs to assist VFDs with acquiring firefighting equipment.

·         Seed Certification Program 

This section is responsible for sampling and testing all lots of seed for Certification as well as supervising and participating in the inspection of crops, gins, conditioning equipment and storage facilities to insure against contamination of certified seeds. 

·         Seed Lab 

Runs tests on samples taken by the Plant Board and submitted by the public. Tests include Complete Analysis, Germ Only, Purity Only, Varietal Purity, and Noxious Weed Exam. 

·         Seed Law Enforcement 

The ultimate purpose is to protect the consumer and seedsman from poor quality or mislabeled planting seed through routine audits of seedsmen, and field inspectors policing the areas where agricultural seed is sold.

·         Serology 

Serology serves as the front line of defense in identifying disease outbreak. Diagnostic tests offered include Equine Infectious Anemia, Pseudorabies Virus, Johne’s, Mycoplasma, and Avian Influenza. 

·         School Garden of the Year Contest 

AAD and Farm Credit partner to recognize schools for their efforts in educating students about the benefits of fresh produce. 

·         Specialty Crop Block Grant Program 

Develop a state plan requesting funds to implement projects that will significantly and positively impact and enhance the competitiveness of the specialty crop industry in Arkansas.

·         State Petroleum Products Division 

Under the State Plant Board, this division is responsible for testing and enforcing quality standards of engine fuels distributed throughout Arkansas. 

·         State Standards Laboratory 

The laboratory provides calibration and certification of standards. Users of our services range from pharmaceutical firms, hospitals, U.S. Defense Department and weapons manufacturers to the local gasoline mechanic. 

·         State Weights and Measures Division 

This division is composed of the Area Investigation and State Standards laboratory which are responsible for investigating complaints, as well as registering, calibrating, and certifying weights and scales across the state. 

·         Sweet Potato Weevil 

Producers pay a trapping fee to cover the expense of setting up traps and certifying a field free of the Sweet Potato Weevil. 

·         Toxicology 

            This section analyzes for a variety of poisons in feeds, forages, and animals.

·         Urban and Community Forestry 

District arborists and urban forestry representatives work closely with the staff urban foresters and their communities, schools, non-profits, and various organizations to increase public awareness about the value of community trees. 

·         Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

The ALPC Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory assists the livestock and poultry industries, private veterinarians, and animal owners of Arkansas by diagnosing and monitoring animal diseases.

·         Virology 

Through the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, it is now possible to detect the DNA and RNA of over 45 different microorganisms. 

·         Water Quality Management Program 

The Arkansas Forestry Commission is the designated management agency for the silvicultural section of the Arkansas Water Plan. This program offers training sessions, courtesy exams, and complaint resolutions. 

·         Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program 

In coordination with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) program, the AFC provided 15 Management Plans on 13,650 acres to private, non-industrial forest landowners.

·         Worker Protection Standard 

Intended to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning and injuries to agricultural workers by reducing exposure to pesticides and pesticide residues and providing training for people working with pesticides.