Welcome To The

Boone County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service

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 Boone County Extension Office is at your service!


Boone County Extension and 4-H Center

About the Extension and 4-H Center.....

The Boone County Extension staff is very excited about our new home. The office is located on Hwy. 123, south of North Arkansas College on the Boone County Extension and 4-H Center property. Staff members are Nita Cooper, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair; Denyse Hensley, 4-H Program Assistant; Mike McClintock, County Extension Agent – Agriculture; Trudy McManus, County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences; and Kathy Rawlingson, Administrative Support Supervisor.

The Boone County Extension and 4-H Center was made possible by the generous donation of 40 acres by the Pattie family and the support of our Boone County 4-H Foundation and Quorum Court. The center is located on land that was originally part of the Olvey Hereford Ranch. Boone County Farm Bureau Board provided funds to refurbish an existing barn located on the property. The barn has local historical significance as a "one of a kind" facility. It was once an icon for area beef cattle producers due to its progressive design.

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4-H: Teaching Life Skills

Decision making, communication, teamwork, and leadership.....these are important life skills. The 4-H program prides itself in helping youth develop these much needed skills. Boone County 4-H'ers worked to develop these skills by practicing for the Arkansas Beef Quiz Bowl, Livestock Skills, and Livestock Judging contests.

4-H'ers invested many hours preparing for skills contests. The Arkansas Beef Quiz Bowl contest is designed to challenge and educate students about the beef industry by increasing their knowledge of the principles of good beef cattle management, beef by-products, and the relationship of beef to human nutrition. The Livestock Skills Contest trains 4-H members in production practices and management of meat animals. Youth must master subject matter material and communicate their knowledge by answering quiz bowl questions, identifying feed sources, evaluating livestock feeding and performance information, and more. Boone County had 3 teams in the top 10 in the state contests.


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Estate Planning for Farmers and Homeowners

Will or trust? Estate planning or succession planning? What about distribution options and consequences? What is "fair" when it comes to dividing family property? Estate planning can be overwhelming. "Estate Planning for Farmers and Homeowners" was offered by the Boone County Extension Office to help families with the planning process.

Thirty-five participants attended the 2-session program that addressed estate planning needs. Information was shared by Extension staff and Rusty Rumley, staff attorney at the National Ag Law Center on the U of A campus. Topics addressed gave participants the opportunity to think about family goals in estate planning, such as maintaining privacy or improving family relationships. Several distribution options were discussed to allow families to develop an estate plan that was best for the family. The difference between estate and succession planning was addressed. Participants were given tools to help with the process.


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 Nutrition Programs Make A Difference

The Boone County Extension Service reaches out to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients/ eligibles with nutrition education because 29% of the adults are obese and between 26% and 48% of students were overweight. There were SNAP cases in 2012.

1171 adult recipients/eligibles were reached through the following:

  • Displays at DHS , a food bank, and commodity distribution site
  • Demonstrations for WIC
  • Shopping Matters classes
  • Nutrition lessons for the homeless day center, a program for young mothers, a case management program, and Head Start

In addition, food demonstrations, displays, and a series of nutrition lessons were conducted for two schools reaching 2522 youth/adult contacts.

Of those reached, results indicated 80% of adults gained knowledge about healthy eating patterns, 63% of adults indicated they planned to adopt healthy eating patterns, and 89% of youth intended to adopt a healthy eating pattern.