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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Hempstead 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.

Forage Demonstrationo


Hempstead County has 783 farms with an estimated 203,678 acres in agriculture. Ranked 5 in the state in cattle production Hempstead County has a strong background in cow-calf production. The Extension Office works hand in hand with the farming community to offer programs that will fit the needs of producers. Hempstead County Cooperative Extension Service provides information and advise in all areas of agriculture.   This includes:

  • Livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses and poultry)
  • Forages and Forage testing
  • Row Crops
  • Turf management
  • Agribusiness
  • Pest Management
  • Forestry
  • Soil Testing
  • Home Gardens

To learn more about the agriculture programs contact Agent Terri James or call (870) 777-5771

Photo: 2012 Winter Annual demonstration held at Donald Hampton and Randy Hare farms in the Oakhaven community showing the different winter annuals adapted to this area and estimated production and quality.




Hempstead County's Family and Consumer Sciences program  offers practical and reliable research-based information on how to enhance quality of life. Programs are aimed at making life healthier and safer for individuals in the areas of: 

  • Food, Nutrition and Food Safety
  • Health
  • Parenting, Marriage and Family Life
  • Family Resource Management
  • Extension Homemakers Clubs with 46 members.  Each club meets monthly and shares educational program material and works on community service and leadership projects.

Contact Terrie James, County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences- Staff Chair for educational opportunities to make life better for Hempstead County residents. 


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Hempstead County Master Gardener Projects

The Hempstead County Master Gardener volunteer program gives individuals who are interested in gardening the opportunity learn and serve their communities.  Projects can include maintaining flower beds at public places like Old Washington State Park and Piper's Garden at the University of Arkansas Community College in Hope. To learn more about our Master Gardener program contact Terrie James, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair, or call  870-777-5771.


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 4-H is a fun and educational program where kids "learn by doing." It's a great opportunity for youth to acquire knowledge and skills, and develop healthy lifestyles they can use the rest of their lives. Growing the 4-H program is a top priority in here in Hempstead County. 4-H in Hempstead County takes the form of community clubs, project groups, in-school clubs and afterschool programs. There are over 150 Youth 4-H members in the county.  4-H Membership is free, so come join us.

    For more information about 4-H, contact Terrie James, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair.  County Clubs and Leaders


  2023 Poster Art Contest Guidelines

Poster Art Contest Guidelines

  4-H Community Service Challenge
Hempstead County 4-Hers are encouraged to participate in monthly projects outlined here:

Keep records of your participation! Download the form here:

Challenge Participation Record

 Ross Photography Contest
The Ross Foundation 4-H Photography Contest provides an 
opportunity for Arkansas 4 H’ers to demonstrate, compete, and exhibit their photography skills. All 4-H members ages 9—19 are eligible and may enter a unique, original photo into each category.
Ross Photography Contest Details