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Arkansas Public Policy Center

The Public Policy Center exists to provide Arkansans with research-based information and education about public issues. Public issues are defined as pressing and emerging issues that involve multiple points of view and have widespread consequences.

Our goals are to:

  • Increase citizen knowledge, awareness and understanding of public issues
  • Enhance public participation in decisions regarding public issues
  • Help citizens craft, evaluate and implement alternative solutions to public issues

Policy Areas

Upcoming Events and News

April 5, 2019 - Selling Cottage Foods in Arkansas: From Home to Farmers Market, Find Out What the Law Allows 

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Read the FAQ's: Answers to Common Cottage Food Law Questions

Since 2011, Arkansas has allowed people to sell some food items direct to the public under the Cottage Food Law. Cottage foods are specific types of food that are made in home kitchens. But not all foods can be made at home and sold to the public. 

If you are in the Cottage Foods business, this is an opportunity to learn about what Arkansas' law allows and hear answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about Cottage Foods. 

Join presenters Sherri Woodus, Retail Food Section Chief for the Arkansas Department of Health, and Kristin Higgins from the Public Policy Center at the U of A System Division of Agriculture for this webinar. 

Arkansas Citizens Access Network (ARCAN)
AR-CAN offers livestreaming of government proceedings and public meetings throughout the state. You can watch live streaming of the Arkansas legislature.

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Faculty and Staff

The Public Policy Center was established in 2004 by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture to provide research-based, non-partisan analyses and evaluation of public policy issues. The Center's goal isn't to tell citizens what to think, but rather to increase their knowledge and awareness of public issues and participation in decisions regarding those issues.

Public Policy Center Director

Dr. Stacey McCullough

Director of the Public Policy Center

Areas: Entrepreneurship, public policy, agritourism, electronic commerce, rural development.

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Kristin Higgins

Program Associate

Areas: Public referendum, local government finance, media relations, environmental and natural resource policy and programs. 

Affiliated Staff at the UA System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service