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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Perry 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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Family and Consumer Science

Our Family and Consumer Sciences program will offer you the tools to help you improve and transform your life. Our goal is to enhance your quality of life through education. The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service offers practical and reliable research-based information. Mary Jane Cody, Family and Consumer Science Agent in Perry County is committed to helping you find answers that work. The Programs are aimed at making life better, healthier and safer for individuals and communities in four broad areas:

  • Nutrition and Food Safety
  • Health and Aging
  • Marriage, Parenting, and Family Life
  • Family Resource Management  
For information contact Agent Mary Jane Cody
Calves in a field


An important part of Perry County with over 453 farms and over 72,500 acres in agriculture production. Perry County Extension provides information and advice in all areas of agriculture. Areas include:

  • Livestock – cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, and poultry
  • Forages – rotational grazing, pasture management, pasture planning, renovation
  • Row Crops – soybeans, rice, corn, wheat, and other crops, irrigation
  • Sod – turf management, seed production
  • Commercial Horticulture – fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, greenhouses and nurseries
  • Agribusiness - farm budgets, estate planning
  • Pest Management – pesticide training, fire ant management, wildlife
  • Forestry - management, silvopasture
  • Soil Testing (Free) – all we need is a pint of soil to make a recommendation
  • Hay Testing (Small fee) – find out what you are feeding your livestock
  • Home gardening – fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, irrigation 

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 Photo: Cattle in Perry County waiting to be let into renovated pastures.
Perry County Courts building

Community & Economic Development

Perry County is a growing county with over 10,000 residents, There are great opportunities and challenges as Perry County faces the future. Perry County Extension provides research based information for government officials, community leaders, and business leaders in the areas of community and economic development.

  • Entrepreneurship – information on starting a business and possible government contracts that may be available
  • Government Finance – information and analysis about how the county government is financed and possible sources of additional revenue and savings
  • Ballot Issues – unbiased information about issues that appear on state and local ballots
  • Leadership Development – training for governmental, community and business leaders
  • Economic Development – information and analysis of economic trends and opportunities within the county and region

For information contact Agent Mary Jane Cody

Photo: Perry County Courts building