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Welcome to the U of A System Division of Agriculture

Agriculture is an inseparable quality of Arkansas' character. The state's economy was built on farming, and today one in six jobs is based on some facet of agriculture, whether livestock; or fruit, vegetables, flowers, forestry, turf and nuts; and row crop farming. The core mission of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is to make a positive impact for that key industry through the research done by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the teaching done by the Cooperative Extension Service.



"We do not simply move people from one side of the scale to another. This is transformative." 


We are here for you, in all 75 Arkansas counties. You'll also find us on five university campuses, at five research and extension centers and at eight branch experiment stations. Wherever you look in Arkansas, you'll find the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. We look forward to serving you.

Dr. Mark Cochran, VP for Agriculture

Our Mission, Vision, Values and Promise

On Jan. 8, 2016, Dr. Mark Cochran debuted the new mission, vision, values and brand promise for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.  


Our Mission

We strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices.


Our Vision 

The Division of Agriculture will be the catalyst of prosperity for Arkansas through knowledge and innovation that nourish our families, farms, communities, and environment.


Our Values

  • Integrity: Professional and personal integrity guide our science and our conduct.
  • Collaboration: We value teamwork and working relationships with stakeholders and employees.
  • Accountability: We are good stewards of our resources and the public trust.
  • Relevance: We are dedicated to staying relevant through listening, innovation, and life-long learning.
  • Excellence: We expect the highest standards of our work.

Our Promise

We serve with a zeal to help others.


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Dr. Tony Windham

Associate Vice President for Agriculture - Extension

Meet Dr. Windham


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Dr. Clarence Watson

Associate Vice President for Agriculture - Research

Message from Dr. Watson


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Dr. Michael Vayda

Dean of Dale Bumpers College and Associate VP - Academic Programs

Meet Dr. Vayda



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Chuck Culver

Director of External Relations



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Mary Hightower

Director of Communication Services




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Barbara Batiste

Affirmative Action/Civil Rights Compliance Officer


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Lisa Childs

Assistant Vice President for Technology Commercialization and Patent Attorney


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Josh Newton
Govt Affairs and Legal Counsel
Office of Legal Counsel


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Christina Miller

Assistant to the Vice President for Agriculture


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Rita Watson

Administrative Support for the Vice President's Office


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Pat Walters

Administrative Support for the Affirmative Action Office



Division of Agriculture Web Sites

  • Cooperative Extension Service

    The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. With offices in all 75 counties, our faculty and staff provide educational programs and research-based information to the people of Arkansas. From agricultural programs to family financial management to youth education, we offer educational programs that have immediate and practical applications.

  • Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station

    The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station is the research component of the Division of Agriculture. AAES is the primary research support agency for Arkansas farmers and ranchers, food processors, related industries and consumers. Research topics also include issues that impact the families, communities and natural resources associated with Arkansas agriculture.

  • Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences

    Bumpers College offers 13 inter-related majors and 21 minors to prepare students for rewarding professional careers developing sustainable solutions for food, family and environmental issues.