Pick up know-how for tackling diseases, pests and weeds.
Farm bill, farm marketing, agribusiness webinars, & farm policy.
Find tactics for healthy livestock and sound forages.
Scheduling and methods of irrigation.
Explore our Extension locations around the state.
Commercial row crop production in Arkansas.
Agriculture weed management resources.
Use virtual and real tools to improve critical calculations for farms and ranches.
Learn to ID forages and more.
Explore our research locations around the state.
Get the latest research results from our county agents.
Our programs include aquaculture, diagnostics, and energy conservation.
Keep our food, fiber and fuel supplies safe from disaster.
Private, Commercial & Non-commercial training and education.
Specialty crops including turfgrass, vegetables, fruits, and ornamentals.
Find educational resources and get youth engaged in agriculture.
Gaining garden smarts and sharing skills.
Timely tips for the Arkansas home gardener.
Creating beauty in and around the home.
Maintenance calendar, and best practices.
Coaxing the best produce from asparagus to zucchini.
What’s wrong with my plants? The clinic can help.
Featured trees, vines, shrubs and flowers.
Ask our experts plant, animal, or insect questions.
Enjoying the sweet fruits of your labor.
Herbs, native plants, & reference desk QA.
Growing together from youth to maturity.
Crapemyrtles, hydrangeas, hort glossary, and weed ID databases.
Get beekeeping, honey production, and class information.
Grow a pollinator-friendly garden.
Schedule these timely events on your gardening calendar.
Equipping individuals to lead organizations, communities, and regions.
Guiding communities and regions toward vibrant and sustainable futures.
Guiding entrepreneurs from concept to profit.
Position your business to compete for government contracts.
Find trends, opportunities and impacts.
Providing unbiased information to enable educated votes on critical issues.
Increase your knowledge of public issues & get involved.
Research-based connection to government and policy issues.
Support Arkansas local food initiatives.
Read about our efforts.
Preparing for and recovering from disasters.
Licensing for forestry and wildlife professionals.
Preserving water quality and quantity.
Cleaner air for healthier living.
Firewood & bioenergy resources.
Managing a complex forest ecosystem.
Read about nature across Arkansas and the U.S.
Learn to manage wildlife on your land.
Soil quality and its use here in Arkansas.
Learn to ID unwanted plant and animal visitors.
Timely updates from our specialists.
Eating right and staying healthy.
Ensuring safe meals.
Take charge of your well-being.
Cooking with Arkansas foods.
Making the most of your money.
Making sound choices for families and ourselves.
Nurturing our future.
Get tips for food, fitness, finance, and more!
Understanding aging and its effects.
Giving back to the community.
Managing safely when disaster strikes.
Listen to our latest episode!
by Mary Love - January 7, 2019
The agencies directly impacted by this current government shutdown are Departments
of State, Treasury, Justice, Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development,
Transportation, Homeland Security, some of Health and Human Services, most of Interior,
the Executive Office of the President, most independent agencies, and the Judicial
To see what independent agencies are independent go to www.usa.gov/independent-agencies.
You may also be surprised if you search each department to see all the categories
included under those departments. For instance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
the Bureau of Prisons and many more are under the Department of Justice, which is
currently unfunded. The Small Business Administration (an independent agency) is closed
and so is the Internal Revenue Service, located under the Department of Treasury.
If you need to check the immigration status of a potential employee for your government
contract, the E-Verify website (Department of Homeland Security) is not currently being managed. Social
Security (an independent agency) is still issuing checks, but not processing new applications
Certify.SBA.gov, the site where you would apply for HUBzone, 8(a) or woman-owned small business certifications,
has a banner that says “Certify.SBA.gov is not available during the shutdown of the
U. S government. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.”
You will have to wait for the SBA to reopen before you can respond to inquiries from
It appears you are still able to update your Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) thru the System for Award Management (SAM) profile, even though the DSBS website is managed by the SBA.
The Department of Treasury’s website states they have implemented their Lapse in Appropriations Contingency Plan. However, if you have submitted an invoice for a contract with the Corps of Engineers
you should get paid in the appropriate amount of time based on that invoice. The Corps
of Engineers is part of the Department of Defense which has been funded. You will
be paid from that funding, not from the Treasury Department.
However, if your contract is with an agency that is shut down, your invoice payment
will be delayed until the agency who issued the contract is reopened/funded.
The Contracting Officer should have notified you if your federal contract is impacted
by the shutdown. If the Social Security office is closed, they probably won’t need
janitorial services, but they may still need security services. My experience is that
at least some contracting personnel will work through a shutdown, so if in doubt,
contact your contracting officer.
Once the organization is funded and the shutdown ends, your contracting officer will
notify you concerning when you can proceed with your contract. Once the government
reopens, it is not like flipping a switch. There could be additional delays for funding
to reach the office who manages your contract.
It is possible that modifications will be needed to grant extensions of time for contract
work to be completed due to the delay from the government shutdown. Depending on
the number of active contracts at specific contracting offices and agencies, this
may be a busy time for them because notifications and communications may be necessary
for many of their contractors. This may be true for finance offices catching up on
When in doubt, email your contracting officer with a request for them to acknowledge
receipt of your email.
If you have a contract with the Department of Defense, Labor, Energy, Education, Veterans
Affairs, the District of Columbia, or the Legislative Branch, you may not have any
issues continuing to work as specified by your contract because those office have
not yet been impacted by the shutdown. You should also not have issues with payment
from these offices.
We hope that you are not negatively affected by any of this and we at the Arkansas
Procurement Technical Assistance Center will be happy to answer your questions, or
direct you to someone who can. You may reach us at 501-671-2390 in Little Rock or
501-650-6180 in Bentonville.