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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Sebastian 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.


Extension Homemakers

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Photo: EHC members attending State Meeting

 Extension Homemakers in Sebastian County offer a range of information from education, leadership development, and community service. Extension Homemaker club members help identify and plan community projects that will benefit local individuals and families. If you would like to know more information on the Extension Homemaker clubs in Sebastian County, please contact Mary Macon, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent, at 479-484-7737. 

Below are a list of the current clubs in Sebastian County:

Cavanaugh-President: Iyla Stranahan

Meeting time and place: Third Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., Creekmore Park, Fort Smith

 Central -President: Doris Taff

Meeting time and place: Third Thursday at 10:00 a.m., Barling Methodist Church

 Dayton - President: Glenda Hurt

Meeting time and place: First Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Dayton Community Building

 Excelsior- President: Ada Sanderson

Meeting time and place: Third Thursday, 10:00 a.m., Farmers Bank community room, 125 W. Center St., Greenwood

 Good Neighbors - President: Gwen Woodhull

Meeting time and place: First Thursday, 10:30 a.m., members' homes (Greenwood and Barling areas)




Sebastian County 4-H



The mission of 4-H is to provide opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, form attitudes, and practice behavior that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. In Sebastian County today, there are more than 100 youth enrolled in 4-H Clubs and hundreds more experience a 4-H Youth Development educational program within the year through various school enrichment programs. Membership in 4-H is absolutely free and provides you with a world of opportunity!  If you would like more information about the Sebastian County 4-H Clubs contact Jesse Bocksnick, Sebastian County 4-H Agent, at 479-996-4.131

 Information for Adults

4-H is the youth development program conducted by the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H members can select from many activities in 82 project areas ranging from animal science to clothing to space camp.
Adult leaders, trained by county Cooperative Extension Service Faculty, teach projects to children using the "learn -by-doing" method. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship, and skills children will use throughout their lives. Each year Arkansas 4-H youth receive more than $80,000 in college scholarships at the state level for their 4-H work. Some scholarships are available at the county level.
4-H programs enable youth gain knowledge, develop life skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and form attitudes so they may set and achieve goals and become productive members of society.

Youth involved in 4-H:

Learn creative skills
Attend summer camps
Participate in fairs
Go on trips
Win ribbons, awards, and scholarships
Make new friends
Help others
Have fun!!!

The joy of 4-H is seeing and helping young people grow through their accomplishments.

Who Can Join?

In Arkansas there are three age levels in which youth can participate in the 4-H program. They are:
Cloverbuds: 5-8
Juniors: 9-13
Seniors: 14-19

When Do Clubs Meet?
4-H community clubs meet monthly throughout the county.
How does my child join a club?
Joining a 4-H club is easy! You and your child(ren) simply attend a local 4-H club meeting. Contact your county Extension office to obtain information about the club nearest you. (insert link from contact page)

What about dues and uniforms?

In 4-H, there are no uniforms to purchase and no membership fees to pay.
What can I do to help?

Volunteers are essential to the continued growth and development of a successful 4-H program. A volunteer may be a 4-H parent, relative or friend, or a supporter of 4-H. Volunteers may serve as judges, club or project leaders, chaperons, resource persons, or promoters. They coordinate local community clubs and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state, and national 4-H events. Call your local Cooperative Extension office to learn about how to apply and receive training to be a 4-H volunteer.
How do I enroll in 4-H?

Visit the Arkansas Register for 4-H Events Webpage at

 Sebastian County 4-H Clubs

 All 4-H Clubs, with the exception of the Sebastian County 4-H Council, are community clubs that are open to all youth throughout Sebastian County. The Sebastian County 4-H Council is comprised of elected representatives from the community 4-H Clubs.

Carnall 4-H
Dayton 4-H Club
Shooting Sports 4-H Club
James Fork 4-H Club
Rough Riders 4-H Club
Buckskinners 4-H Project Group
Creative Arts 4-H Project Group
Rabbit and Poultry Project 4-H Project Group
Sebastian County 4-H Music Project Group
Sebastian County Technology Team
Sebastian County 4-H County Council


 4-H Motto
To Make the Best Better!
4-H Pledge
I pledge:
My Head to clear thinking
My Heart to greater loyalty
My Hand to larger service
My Health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.


Commercial Agriculture


Commercial Agriculture in Sebastian County

Commercial agriculture is a vital part of Sebastian County. The Sebastian County Extension Office provides a wide variety of services and educational programs. Contact Lance Kirkpatrick Sebastian County Ag agent for more information about the following programs and services...


Services Available:

  • On farm Bangs vacinations
  • Soil testing
  • Hay testing
  • Water testing
  • Manure analysis
  • Plant disease diagnosis
  • Plant identification
  • Sprayer calibration

Educational Programs Available:

  • Beef forage
  • Pesticide training
  • Vegetable production
  • Fruit production
  • Weed & Brush control programs
  • Cattle & insect control
  • Pasture insect control

Other Home Horticulture Services Available:

  • Master Gardener training
  • Vegetable production
  • Plant identification
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Plant Disease diagnosis
  • Soil test counseling
  • Horticulture pruning
  • Horticulture maintenance concerns
  • Fruit production management


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Strong Women

Strong Women and Men is a low impact strength training program designed to increase strength, endurance, balance and flexibility in older adults. Many participants have reported that this program has allowed them to remain in their homes and living independently as they age.  Ashley Carroll CEA Health and Nutrition

Photo: Strong Women