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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Baxter 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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Agriculture is a vital part of Baxter County. The Baxter County Extension office provides a wide variety of services and educational programs. Contact Mark Keaton, Baxter County Agriculture Agent, for more information about the following programs and services.


Services Available:

  • Soil testing
  • Hay testing
  • Water testing
  • Manure analysis
  • Plant disease diagnosis
  • Plant identification
  • Sprayer calibration
  • Bangs on farm vaccinations

Educational Programs Available:

  • Forages
  • Beef production
  • Pesticide applicator training
  • Weed & brush control
  • Pasture insect control
  • Arkansas Beef Improvement Program (ABIP)
  • 300 Days of Grazing program
  • Small ruminant management
  • Horse management

Other Home Horticulture Services Available:

  • Master Gardener program
  • Vegetable production
  • Plant identification
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Plant disease diagnosis
  • Soil testing
  • Ornamental plant pruning
  • Horticulture maintenance concerns
  • Fruit production


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Family & Consumer Sciences

Our programs aid individuals and families in almost every area of day-to-day living. Our motto is "Living Well." Whether you want to become healthier, learn ways to save money, or need to improve your relationship skills, we're here to help. For more information, you can contact Baxter County Extension office. Also, be sure to "like" our Baxter County Family & Consumer Sciences Facebook page to get updates.


Family & Consumer Sciences programs include:

  • Food and Nutrition:
    • SNAP-Ed: helps Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants manage food resources and make healthier choices
    • ReShape Yourself: helps adults reach and maintain a healthier weight
    • ServSafe: food safety certification program for food handlers
    • Food preservation: research-based information for safely preserving food at home (canning, freezing, drying)
    • And other nutrition programs related to chronic disease prevention
  • Health & Aging:
    • Strong Women: strength-training program specifically for midlife and older women
    • Walk Across Arkansas: a statewide walking campaign encouraging more physical activity
    • Be MedWise Arkansas: a medication literacy program that teaches how to use medicines and dietary supplements wisely
    • Living Well with Diabetes: teaches strategies for managing diabetes
    • Many additional programs that focus on aging and health
  • Family Life:
    • Childcare Provider Training: including The Best Care (professional development workshops offering 10 hours of training each year), Best Care Connected (online courses offering 5 hours of training each year), and Guiding Children Successfully (self-guided video and print-based materials offering 28 hours of training)
    • The Personal Journey: free resources to teach individuals how to be positive and enjoy life
    • The Marriage Garden: lessons to help couples learn how to cultivate a healthy marriage
    • Managing Stress: materials designed to help people to deal with life's challenges
    • The Parenting Journey: resources to teach sound and practical lessons to raise healthy, loving, and responsible children
  • Money Management:
    • Financial Smart Start for Newlyweds: a series of newsletters and activities to help couples gain financial management skills
    • Navigating the Financial Journey: lessons teaching basic financial management skills (approved as certified financial management education for Arkansas bankruptcy filers)
    • Get Real, Here's the Deal & Ready, Set, Graduate: hands-on personal finance simulations giving youth the opportunity to experience financial decision-making
    • And other basic financial management programs


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Baxter County Extension serves over 190 county youth in projects such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as well as a variety of other activities and programs. The Extension staff and 26 adult volunteers and 31 youth volunteers support the 9 clubs and activities below. To learn more about any of these clubs or to become a 4-H volunteer contact Billie Collins at the Baxter County Extension office at 425-2335 or You can also check out our Baxter County 4-H Facebook page.

For more information about the Baxter County 4-H Honor program, select this link.



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 Community & Economic Development

Baxter County Extension personnel work with business and community leaders along with local government officials to advance the growth of Baxter county residents and economy. Extension programs such as LeadAR help grow tomorrow's community leaders. While other things such as Rural Profile and Policy Development help bring government services to Baxter county, Extension's Arkansas Procurement Center helps local business bid on and receive government contracts. Extension Service is also available to educate on Policy Development and Ballots Issues.