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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Desha 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.



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Desha County Family & Consumer Sciences

Desha County has an Adult Obesity of 38% vs. the national average of 25%. Physical inactivity is 33% vs. the national average of 21%. In addition, fewer than 25% of adults and 5.2 % of adolescents consume the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables. Contact Heather Reed, FCS Agent, (870-222-3972) at the Desha County office for more information about the following programs.

  • Best Care
  • Best Care Connected
  • Guiding Children Successfully
  • Arthritis Intervention Activities
  • Heart Health
  • Be Med Wise
  • Acknowledging Aging
  • Financial Smart Start for Newlyweds
  • See the World Through My Eyes
  • Medicine Ball
  • Expanded Food and Nutrition
  • Eating Better Today
  • Canning/Preserving Classes and Information
  • Nutrition information as it relates to chronic disease prevention

Video:  Extension provides fun ways to get fit with weekly exercise classes at the FUMC in McGehee

Soybeans are the leading crop in Desha County

Desha County Agriculture

Agriculture is a vital part of Desha County. The County Extension office provides a wide variety of services and educational programs to assist with area farmers and homeowners. Contact Chuck Capps (870-222-3972) for more information or any questions about the following programs or services:

  • Soil testing
  • Water testing
  • Manure analysis
  • Plant disease diagnosis
  • Plant identification
  • Sprayer calibration
  • Fruit production
  • Weed and brush control
  • DD50 program for rice
  • Vegetable garden and lawn
  • Pesticide training
  • Horticultural maintenance and concerns
  • Diagnosing row-crop problems
  • Crop production recommendations

Photo:Soybeans are grown on an average of 130,000 acres per year in Desha County, representing the largest acreage of any crop grown in the county.

Archeology with 4-H

Desha County 4-H

Although there are several ways to be involved with our youth, 4H clubs offer the most fun and excitement. 4H clubs are made up of adult volunteers working with a group of young people who want to learn new things, meet new people and have a good time along the way!  Contact Hope Bragg (870-222-3972) for more information or any questions about the following programs or services:

  • Science and Technology
  • Health food and nutrition
  • Citizenship and leadership
  • Community service
  • ATV Safety
  • Photography
  • Afterschool programs
  • Gardening

Photo:  4-H gets their hands dirty as they help archeologists.