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Extension Educational Programs & Services

Miller 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.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

From Beef and Forages to Row Crops to Vegetable Gardening and Lawn Care to Plant Diseases

Whether you have a large farm or a small home garden, the Miller County Extension Staff can assist you with your concerns. We offer a wide variety of education programs from beef and forage production to row crops to vegetable gardening and lawn care. Contact Jennifer Caraway, Miller County Extension Agriculture Agent/Staff Chair for research-based information on agriculture and home horticulture programs. 

Our annual Ag Expo will be held February 8, 2024, at the Four States Fairground Entertainment Center. Classes will be held all day so come for the day or stop by for the classes that interest you. Classes are free. If you need to renew a pesticide applicator license or need one for the first time, this training will be held at 1:00 p.m. Cost is $20 for the training (cash, check or money order) AND $45 (check or money order payable to "Arkansas State Plant Board"), which is valid for 5 years.


The Miller County Master Gardeners are now accepting applications for our 2023 Fall Master Gardener Basic Training.

We have two options so anyone who is interested (but maybe had time constraints) can attend.

Our Fall ONLINE MG Basic Training Class begins October 2 and must be completed by December 8. It is a self-paced online course requiring a computer.

Our Fall IN-PERSON Classroom Basic Training dates are: October 11, 25, November, 1, 8 and 15 (Five Wednesdays). We are skipping the middle of October due to State Fair. 

Be sure to choose which option you want as they are not interchangeable.

Deadline for registration is September 15, 2023.

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Pesticide Applicator Training

We are excited to announce that the online recertification program for private applicators is up and running. You can access it here: 

This online training provides another opportunity for private applicators to get recertified. The online training is not designed for people that need to get their license for the first time – they still need to see us for that.

The online program has 5 different required modules with embedded questions in each that must be answered correctly in order to proceed. You cannot fast forward through the training or skip slides, but you can back-up to review information for the embedded questions. It should take a little over 2 hours to complete.

We have done our best to make the program interesting, informative, and the process self-explanatory for the user.  It is based on the platform we have used for the dicamba training the past two years, so it should work fairly smoothly.

The cost of the training is $20 and you pay online. 

If you are in need of a new chemical license, click below to see what is available in our county as well as other counties within the state of Arkansas. There is also a waiting list section; if we get enough interest in a training, one may be held in our county.



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Now is the time to pull plant tissue nutrient samples for pecans. These results are important for growers to determine fertility rates for next year and to identify if any deficiencies may be developing.

Cost is $20 per sample + $5 shipping.

See PowerPoint with photos on how to pull the samples. Last year we were able to get over 24 pecan growers to submit samples. These samples help us compare this year's results to see how things have changed.

The time to submit samples is now.

Click HERE for information on how to submit pecan tissue.


 The new Arkansas Farm Animal Veterinarian Directory is now available.  This directory is based on a veterinary survey conducted in March. To any veterinarians that did not turn in their survey and would like to be included, please contact Heidi Ward, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor and Veterinarian with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture (501-671-2162) directly.  Paper copies will be available at the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association Convention at the end of August for producers.  

Skunks and bats are the main reservoirs for rabies in our state. We have had two horses positive for rabies this year.  Last year, we had a positive cow. View the map below and click the What is Rabies? to read more about rabies.

Rabies Cases


Accurate estimation of cotton yield while in the field is an important skill for growers, consultants, and Extension agents. Preharvest estimation of cotton yield can help growers to determine their return on investment, assess weather-related damages, and adjust crop management. Although experienced eyes can provide a rough estimate by simply scanning the field, taking a few simple in-field measurements can reduce inaccuracies. This publication will outline the steps to calculate a reliable estimate of cotton yield. From University of Florida.


Family and Consumer Sciences

From Healthy Cooking to Food Safety; from Diabetic Cooking to Professional Child Care Training and Much More

From canning to nutrition to food safety, all of these topics, and many more, are addressed through the family and consumer science educational programs. Contact Tori Luker, Miller County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent for more information.

We will offer a ServSafe Food Safety December 11 and 12, 2023 in Texarkana, 1007 Jefferson Avenue, Texarkana, AR.

Registration Form

ServSafe Food Safety Training


This research-based chart helps you know the life span of various types of pantry and food items we keep in our kitchens.


Miller County 4-H

Fun and Education for Youth Ages 9-19 or for Cloverbuds, Ages 5-8

4-H is a fun and educational program where kids "learn by doing." It is a great opportunity for youth to acquire knowledge and skills, and develop healthy lifestyles that will be beneficial for the rest of their lives. In Miller County it takes the form of community clubs, project clubs, and in-school clubs. 

Anyone age 9-19 can join 4-H; for youth ages 5-8, we have Cloverbud activities. So come join the fun. There are many project areas and we can find one just for you! Be sure to let McKenzie know if there is anything you need help with. Call her at 870-779-3609 or email

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Time for YOGA
Time for Yoga, June 8, June 15, July 6 from 2:00-4:00 PM. All ages welcome. 1 Legion Drive, Texarkana, Arkansas
All ages welcome!

Take time for your health. Join us for stretches and other yoga poses to help your well-being and flexibility.

Craft Days
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CRAFT DAYS, June 16, July 7, August 11 at 1 Legion Drive, Texarkana, AR from 9:00-11:00 AM. Only $20 for all 3 days
3 fun-filled days

Join us as we create fun craft projects that can be entered in upcoming local fairs. Cost is $20 and covers all three days: June 16, July 7, and August 11, from 9:00-11:00 AM. Register online by scanning the QR code in the flyer or call 870-779-3609.

Food Preservation Workshop
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Food Preservation Workshop, 1007 Jefferson Ave., Texarkana. August 8, 2023 at 9:00 AM for ages 9-19. Only $10. 10 spots available so register now. Must RSVP by August 1 by calling 870-779-3609.
Learn correct methods in this hands-on workshop.

We learn by doing so join us for this food preservation workshop where 4-H agent and FCS agent team up to show proper procedures for canning your food. Cost is $10 but space is limited. Call 870-779-3609 to register. Deadline to register is August 1, 2023.

July 31 - 4-H Rabbit Clinic, Four States Fairground Ag Learning Center

September 8-17 - Four States Fair

September 15-16 - Miller County Fair 

September 26-30 - SW District Fair

October 13-22 - Arkansas State Fairl