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Friends of the Division - Advancement for our Mission

Every day, the faculty and staff of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture face some of our state's toughest challenges through research and education. Our mission includes ensuring an affordable food and fiber supply, helping Arkansans live healthier, fuller lives, working to lift communities and offering direction to transform our young people into productive citizens. 

We welcome your support in keeping our mission at the forefront. 

Our stakeholder relations team  is an integral part of our development efforts. Our team consists of:

  • Chuck Culver –  Interim Vice President and Director-external affairs, 479-575-2250,
  • Stephanie Neipling – Assistant director-external affairs, 479-502-9811
  • Brian Helms – director-stakeholder relations-Extension, 501-671-2156,

If you have questions about what we do or would like to help with a donation, contact any one of them.

2021: A year of change

2021 has been a year of change for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. We saw the retirement of Mark Cochran as head of our organization and the appointment of Chuck Culver as interim vice president for the UA System in his place. 

During 2021, we also saw work being done on the Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center in Poinsett County. In October, we broke ground on what will be the Jackson County Extension Center with improved facilities for our extension and research. 

Even through the changes, our focus is always on providing help to our fellow Arkansans. We hope you will continue to use the services and expertise we offer in your daily lives.