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Independence County Extension Programs

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. We will keep you up-to-date on things happening around the county each month. 


Three women training with medicine balls during a Get Fit session

Extension Get Fit

The Extension Get Fit program (formerly known as Strong Women) is a program designed to:

  • Improve strength, balance and flexibility 
  • Reduce the risk of falls
  • Help maintain independence 
  • Increase energy
  • Help manage your weight 
  • Decrease pain
  • Help you feel better

This fitness class meets twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Each class includes a warm up, strength training exercises, cool down stretches and a balance exercise. Our program provides a supportive group environment and is appropriate for most fitness levels. 

For more information, contact your local county extension office. Come join in on the fun!

Photo: Fitness class in session 



Independence County MG Plant Sale

Independence County Master Gardeners

The mission of the Master Gardener program is to provide community service garden projects, educate others about gardening in Arkansas and beautify the state.

The Master Gardeners meet on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Independence County Extension Office Conference Room. To learn how to become a Master Gardener, call the Extension Office at (870) 793-8840. 

Master Gardener Officers 2018

President- Rose Ann Houston

Vice President- Asa Whitaker

2nd Vice President- Judy Allen

Secretary- Rita Clark

Treasurer- Cathy Shonk

Photo: Master Gardener plant sale.





4-Hers become the first in state to complete MyPI Arkansas training


After completing nearly 50 hours of class and hands-on work over the course of the summer, 13 Independence County 4-H members have been certified in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) basic training as part of the the MyPI course. This training covers basic skills that enable these youth to respond to their community's immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. 

MyPI (Preparedness Initiative) participants had to take a test prior to the course and a post test. All 13 participants scored higher on the post test as a result of taking the course. These youth also completed a PREP+6 project. Every participant had to assemble an emergency diaster kit and recruit 6 other families in their community to assmble their own disaster kit. A total of 91 kits were assembled by these youth taking action in their communities. 


These 13 participants attended a graduation ceremony where they recieved a backpack full of emergency supplies and a certificate of completion.

For more information or to get involved in the 4-H program, call the Independence County Extension Office.