Welcome To The

Ashley County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Office

We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service's statewide network and the University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture. Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Ashley County Extension Office is at your service!

 

Combine in field harvesting rice

Agriculture in Ashley County

Agriculture is the state's largest industry. Arkansas is the number one rice producer in the US, number two in poultry and eggs, and number three in aquaculture and turkeys. Other top crops are soybeans and cotton.

Here at the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, we provide research-based information to help Arkansans improve their economic well being and quality of life. This site also gives information on Conservation, Safety, Marketing, Rice, Soybeans, Corn, Cotton, Wheat, Livestock and other topics related to Agriculture.

The University of Arkansas is dedicated to providing up-to-date educational programs consisting of research-based information for profitable commodity production.


Photo: Harvesting Rice on Freddie Scroggins Farm 

Women and men standing and sitting on exercise balls using weights

Ashley County Family & Consumer Sciences

Learn How to Live Well  

Our Family & Consumer Sciences Program will offer you the tools to help you improve and transform your life. Whether the topic is health, family life, family resource management or food and nutrition, the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service in Ashley County is committed to helping you find answers that work.  In 2013, over 315 educational sessions reached over 2000 adults and youth to improve the overall health of Ashley County residents.  Programs offered included Strong Women & Men, Walk Across Arkansas, ReShape Yourself, Healthy Cooking Classes and Nutrition Education Seminars.  The Walk Across Arkansas Program and the Strong Women & Men Program potentially saved participants over $237,466 in health care costs.


Photo: Strong Women & Men group participants  

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Ashley County 4-H 

4-H is the youth development program within the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Through the 4-H program, youth are provided opportunities to acquire knowledge, develop skills, form attitudes, and practice behavior to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. The 4-H program has three mission mandates in which we base our programming; Citizenship, Healthy Lifestyle, and 4-H Science.

Ashley County 4-H has eight active community and project clubs throughout the county. There are no membership fees to join 4-H. Membership is open to any child from ages 5 to 19. Youth from 5 to 8, concentrate on learning basic knowledge and skills related to their project areas. Those age 9 to 19 have opportunities to expand on the knowledge and skills by participating in 4-H competitive activities.

If you are interested in joining or would like to find out more about the Ashley County 4-H program, please contact Diane Mashburn, County Extension Agent- 4-H/Agriculture at the Ashley County Cooperative Extension Service at 870-853-2080.


Photo: 4-H members perform the EcoBot experiment for the 4-H National Youth Science Day


Women at table helping with clothes at the Ashley County Fair

Ashley County Community & Economic Development 

Ashley County Extension Staff works with business and community leaders along with local government officials to advance the growth of Ashley County residents and economy. Extension's Arkansas Procurement Center (APAC) helps local businesses bid on and receive government contracts.

The Ashley County Extension Service offers leadership programs to help identify and train active and effective youth and adult leaders for community, county and statewide leadership roles. We provide timely, credible, unbiased and research-based information and education about public issues.


Photo: Extension Homemakers Volunteering at Ashley County Fair