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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Crittenden County, Arkansas

The Cooperative Extension Service offers a host of educational programs and services.  If you do not see what you are looking for below, please contact our county Extension Office for assistance.


Katrina Avant teaching EFNEP nutrition class

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a program of the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Extension and Research. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Cooperative Extension Service fund the program.

Mission: The EFNEP program is to empower individuals, families and youth with limited resources acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior changes necessary to maintain nutritionally sound diets and enhance personal development.

Audience: EFNEP adults focus on educational programs to enhance the quality of the families' diet. The adults are taught in small groups or individually by EFNEP assistants trained by Extension educators. The majority of participants complete the EFNEP curriculum in less than 8 sessions.

The EFNEP youth program focuses on providing food and nutrition education to contribute to personal development of youth from families with low income. The youth are taught in summer or year-round enrichment programs conducted by EFNEP assistants and volunteers.

For more information about the EFNEP Program in Crittenden County contact the County Extension Service at 870-739-3239.

Photo: Katrina Avant teach personal development to families with limited resources .
VeEtta Simmons teach Jackson Elementary students to make smoothies

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

In Crittenden County, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutritional educational programs for families with limited resources with children, and receiving SNAP benefits and public schools where 50% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Participants report eating more fruit and vegetables, choosing low fat dairy products and whole grains - all healthier choices - as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  For more information contact the County Extension Service at 870-739-3239. 

Photo: VeEtta Simmons teach Jackson Elementary students how to make healthy smoothies.
Financial Resource Management participants

Family Economics 

 Crittenden County's median household income is $35,264 and 28% of its population is below poverty. Classes in Family Economics are conducted to assist clientele in improving their financial stability and quality of life. These sessions include: Financial Journey, Small Steps to Health and Wealth, Financial Smart Start, Money and You and Arkansas Saves to name a few. For more information on Family Economics or Financial Resource Management, contact the County Extension Service at  870-739-3239.

Photo: Family Economics  participants attending a Financial Journey session
Kudzu Bug and Egg found in Crittenden County

Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Crittenden County Extension Service offers educational information to individuals and groups through meetings, demonstrations, tours, media, technology and newsletters. Our main agriculture focus is on row crops to include: soybeans, cotton, rice, corn, grain sorghum, wheat and also some livestock. The goal is to improve profitability, sustainability and protect the environment through research based agriculture practices.

On farm demonstrations are conducted to showcase new and exciting technologies in herbicide, insecticide and fungicide using Integrated Pest management (IPM) practices. These IPM practices are used to improve producer's knowledge and skills of new technology.

In addition to demonstrations, field tours are utilized to increase awareness of the improved practices recommended by the Extension service.

Computer technology is used to aid producers in real time applications. Yet we also provide any and all paper documents at the office for those who desire to have them.

For more information on the Crittenden County Agriculture program contact the County Extension Service at  870-739-3239.

Photo: Kudzu bug and eggs found in Crittenden County

NEA District Fair Giant Pumpkin Entry

4-H Poultry BBQ Contest

The purpose of this contest is to help youth develop skills in the preparation and use of chicken. The County Competition will be held at the County Extension Office.  Winners from the county competition will be invited to compete at the District Competition in Jonesboro.

Poultry BBQ Contest Score Sheet

4-H Dairy Food Contest

The County Competition will be held at the County Extension Office. Participants do not have to be present to win; you can drop off dishes and recipe cards on the day of the competition. County winners will be invited to compete in the State Competition.  Dates and times TBA


4-H Giant Pumpkin & Watermelon Competition

Participants must request seeds from the County Office. The cost for a packet of giant watermelon seeds and giant pumpkin seeds are $2.00 per packet. Youth will plant and grow Giant Pumpkins and/or Giant Watermelon on the county plant date and maintain the fruit until the NEA District Fair and Arkansas State Fair.

How to grow a Giant Pumpkin

How to grow a Giant Watermelon

County O-Rama

County O-Rama is our annual 4-H competition. Speech and Talent competitions will be held March 26-29 beginning at 3:30 pm.  Participants must pre-register for these events by contacting the County Extension Office by March 9th. For any information on 4-H events please call our office at 870-739-3239.

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Crittenden County Master Gardeners

April 1   Crittenden County Master Gardener Scholarships (updated March 3, 2020) are due to the county office. This scholarship is to assist a Crittenden County, Arkansas resident in pursuing a degree in agriculture or agriculture related fields, including but not limited to horticulture, botany, agronomy, forestry, plant science, landscape architecture/design, and turf management.

May 11-12  Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale located at the Crittenden County Extension Office. All funds raised from this event will be used for Crittenden County Master Gardener Scholarships.


For more information please contact Russ Parker at 870-739-3239.