4-H and Youth Development cultivates important life skills in youth that build character and assist them in making appropriate life and career choices. At-risk youth participate in school retention and enrichment programs. Youth learn science, math, social skills, and much more, through hands-on projects and activities.
About the Cooperative Extension Service
Extension agents and specialists have worked to improve the lives of Arkansans for over 100 years! We are part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and are located in all 75 counties. Read more about our history serving Arkansans.
What does the Arkansas Extension Service do?
Our county agents take the researched recommendations from our specialists and give you practical advice to improve your life. Our mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices.
We make the research work for YOU.
We use the results of scientific research, much of it conducted at the University of Arkansas system colleges and our research stations, to help you improve your life and your community. We're basically a go-between between you and the scientists. We take the guesswork out of the research and present the science-based techniques to you in a way that's helpful in YOUR life.
Extension educational programs touch all segments of our society and address a wide range of needs in both urban and rural areas.
We answer YOUR questions.
Whether its a new crop variety, information about keeping your food safe, how to have a positive influence on kids, or how to develop your small business, we take what the scientists and experts tell us and use it to share information you can use, to answer your questions and to create programs that will make a difference all at a very low cost or free of charge.
We work in four major educational areas:
Agriculture and Natural Resources' research and educational programs help individuals learn new ways to produce income through alternative enterprises, improved marketing strategies, and management skills and help farmers and ranchers improve productivity through resource management, controlling crop pests, soil testing, livestock production practices, and marketing. We teach homeowners how to use natural resources wisely and protect the environment with educational programs in water quality, timber management, composting, lawn management, and recycling.
Community, Professional and Economic Development assists communities and regions to improve economic viability and sustainability and create a better quality of life and place. We help citizens and leaders understand public issues and develop their expertise to address critical challenges facing Arkansas. We provide education and technical assistance to help entrepreneurs and business compete in an evolving economy.
Family and Consumer Sciences helps families become resilient and healthy by teaching nutrition, food preparation skills, positive child care, family communication, financial management, and health care strategies.
We offer food safety classes, continuing education classes for childcare providers, and we have agents in all counties of the state who offer cooking courses and financial management resources.
You will find us among Arkansas' 33 million acres of crops, livestock and natural resources. You will find us in conference centers and public schools, community centers and courthouses, in the classroom and in the lab. That is why "Arkansas is Our Campus".
We are in YOUR county.
With a physical office in every one of the 75 Arkansas counties, the people of the Arkansas Extension Service are reaching out to you. We want to help. So let's get connected. Find your county extension office, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, share your photos with us on Instagram and check out our videos on YouTube.