Growing your investment
From the ground up, we've been making a return on your investment for more than 150 years.
Publicly funded agricultural research and extension means lower costs for consumers, higher profits for the state's largest industry and more sustainable resources for everyone.
Last year, a study by Battelle Technology Partnership Practice and BioDimensions found that the life sciences related to agriculture have a $240 billion economic impact in the South. And a study by the Economic Research Service of USDA, found that a tiny 3.73 percent increase in research and development spending would increase agricultural output by an astounding 73 percent by 2050.
The mission of the Division of Agriculture is to advance the stewardship of natural resources and the environment, cultivate the improvement of agriculture and agribusiness, develop leadership skills and productive citizenship among youth and adults, enhance economic security and financial responsibility among the citizens of the state, ensure a safe, nutritious food supply, improve the quality of life in communities across Arkansas, and strengthen Arkansas families.