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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Saline 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.


Food Preservation & Canning Class Participants Preparing Jars for Canning

Family and Consumer Science - Raising Kids, Eating Right, Spending Smart, Living Well

The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program in Saline County offers instruction in healthy living practices, financial management, family relationships, child care, and community involvement. Contact Kris Boulton , FCS agent at the Saline County office for more information about any of these programs.

Photo: Food Preservation & Canning Class Participants Preparing Jars for Canning..


Benton Chamber of Commerce Flower Bed/Landscaping by Saline Master Gardeners

Saline County Agricultural Programs

The Agricultural division of the Saline County Extension Service offers a variety of educational and service programs in a variety of areas.  For more information on the agriculture educational programs or services contact Nicole Nichols Saline County Office.

Photo: Saline County Master Gardener's Flower Bed at the Benton Chamber of Commerce. 


Service Programs

  • Soil Testing 
  • Forage Testing
  • Plant ID
  • Plant Disease Diagnosis
  • Forage Fertilization 
  • Beef and Dairy Rations
  • Abandoned Pesticide Collection Program
  • Well Water Quality Testing

Education Programs

  • Pesticide Applicator Training
  • Cow Herd Improvement
  • Pasture insect control
  • Cattle insect control
  • Weed and brush control program
  • Farm financial management

  • Service Programs
    • Soil Testing
    • Plant disease diagnosis/SBR
    • Plant ID
    • Nematode
    • Abandoned pesticide collection program
    • Well water quality testing
    • Fruit and vegetable plant disease diagnosis
    • Fruit and vegetable fertility programs
  • Educational Programs
    • Pesticide Applicator Training
    • Fruit and vegetable cultural practices
    • Insect resistance program

Master Gardeners are volunteers.  They are people like you from all walks of life who have an interest in gardening, a willingness to learn and a desire to help others solve their gardening issues.  

Master Gardeners are trained by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service faculty and must complete 40 hours of basic horticulture training.  After training, you are qualified to work under the supervision of the local county Extension Agent as a Master Gardener.

You are required to volunteer a minimum of 40 working hours during the first year and 20 working hours during subsequent years to Master Gardener Projects.

Beautification Projects:

  • Audubon Park in Bauxite
  • Avilla Community Garden
  • Benton Post Office
  • Bryant Library
  • Alcoa Parkway Crape Myrtle Project
  • Downtown Benton Crape Myrtles and Corners
  • Gann Museum
  • Hospice Center in Bryant
  • Owens-Mooney Park
  • Saline County Courthouse & Gazebo
  • Saline County Fairgrounds Horticultural Building
  • Salvation Army
  • Sevier Street Triangle
  • Tyndall Park
  • Veteran's Memorial
  • Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Contact Nicole Nichols

  • Service Programs
    • Soil Testing
    • Plant disease diagnosis/SBR
    • Plant ID
    • Well water quality testing
  • Educational Programs
    • Lawns and gardens
    • House pests


4-H Salem Superstars Working on Building Bird Houses Project

Saline County 4-H Youth Development

Saline County Extension Service reaches youth ages 5-19 through the 4-H youth development program. 4-H members are involved with projects in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), citizenship, leadership, and healthy lifestyles, as well as a variety of other educational programs and activities. To learn more about becoming a 4-H leader or volunteer, or about 4-H programming, contact the Saline County Extension Office.

Photo:  Saline County 4-H Salem Superstars working on Building Bird houses Project.


  • 4-H Clubs are organized groups of boys and girls who elect officers and are supported by adult volunteer leaders.  The 4-H club conducts meetings and activities throughout the year.  Club meetings typically include the conducting of some business by the officers, an educational program, and a team building or recreational activity.  Clubs frequently include opportunities for leadership and community service/service learning.
    • Community Clubs offer multiple learning experiences and activities. Community clubs meet regularly to conduct a business meeting, address county 4-H requests and community issues, and provide an educational program.  Each member can select his or her own project to work on outside of club meetings.
    • Project Clubs offer one project area to work within through multiple learning experiences and activities. These clubs meet regularly, conduct a business meeting, address any county 4-H requests and community issues and then focus on one project that the entire membership experiences together.  In a project club, all the members are enrolled in the same project but may be active in different levels based on skill or knowledge.

  • Saline County 4-H offers a variety of activities to give all youth an opportunity to get involved.  Below is a list of county, district and state activities available to 4-H members.
    • County:
      • 4-H Cooks
      • Broiler BBQ contest
      • Ross Photography
      • Day Camps
        • Shooting Sports
        • Sewing - Basic and Advanced
        • Cooking
      • O-Rama
        • Illustrated Talks & Demonstration
        • Bicycle
        • Bait Casting
        • BB Gun
        • Fashion Revue
        • Performing Arts
        • Wildlife
        • Crop and Weed Identification
      • County Fair
    • State:
      • Camps
        • Adventure & Challenge
        • Forestry & Wildlife
        • Entrepreneur Camp
        • Equine Camp
        • Junior Camp
        • Cloverbud Camp
        • Learn more about Arkansas 4-H Camps. 
      • State Horseshow
      • Trips
        • Kansas City Global
        • High Adventure
        • Citizenship ... Washington Focus
        • National 4-H Conference
      • Leadership Opportunities
        • Camp Leadership Workshop
        • Teen Leader Conference
        • State 4-H Ambassador
        • 4-H Teen Star
        • Arkansas 4-H State Officer


  • A School Enrichment project is a cooperative effort between a school and the Saline County Cooperative Extension Service.  Members participate in an education program planned and coordinated by Extension staff in cooperation with school officials to supplement and compliment the school curriculum.  For more information on bringing 4-H into your school or classroom, contact the Saline County Office.
  • Successful 4-H School Enrichment Programs:
    • Salina the Cow & Dairy Choices
    • Birding & Best Nests
    • Let's go on a Hike!
    • Healthy Choices
    • Citizenship
    • Yoga for Kids
    • Many more!!