About AAES

Who We Are

Agricultural producers and processors look to the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) for research-proven technology. Through site-specific research under local conditions, we help Arkansans in the food and fiber sector adopt new practices that are appropriate for their circumstances. We also conduct extensive research on environmental and quality of life issues and count Arkansas families and communities among our stakeholders.



Our mission is to conduct research and achieve scientific discoveries that benefit Arkansas citizens, expand agricultural sustainability and profitability, promote environmental stewardship, strengthen local and state economies and ensure safe and nutritious food supply.

People and Places

Across Arkansas, 155 faculty have research appointments in AAES. AAES appointed faculty are in nine Departments at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, in the Forest Resources Center at the University of Arkansas-Monticello and in the Arkansas State Research Unit.

Many Arkansans know the AAES through one of our four Research and Extension Centers and six Research Stations that are crucial to our efforts to help Arkansas farmers and other stakeholders adapt to rapid changes in technology, products, methods, and regulations.


  • Our primary mission is helping Arkansas agriculture compete in the global economy. Our broader mission is to serve all stakeholders through discoveries on conserving and sustaining natural resources; ensuring the safety and security of our food and fiber system; improving the health and nutrition of Arkansans; and increasing opportunities for families, youth, and communities.
  • We are a partner with the Cooperative Extension Service to disseminate our research findings to all Arkansans.
  • Our presence on three university campuses gives us access to laboratories, libraries, and faculty colleagues in a variety of scientific disciplines. Most AAES research faculty are also teachers on the campuses where they are based.
  • Our partnerships with state and national agricultural organizations and other industry and community groups help keep us focused on solving the real challenges facing Arkansas farms, businesses, and communities. Our partnerships with state, federal, and international agencies and professional societies connect us to worldwide communities of science and scientists.