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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Columbia 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 at (870) 235-3720.

Farmer bending down looking at hay growing in pasture

Columbia County Agriculture


Agriculture is a vital part of Columbia County.  The Columbia County Extension Office provides a wide variety of services and educational programs.  Contact Jerri Lephiew, Columbia County Agriculture Agent for more information about the following programs and services.


Photo:  Proper liming practices have helped Don Impson, DVM improve his annual hay yields.

Services Available:

  • Plant ID
  • Soil testing
  • Plant diagnostic testing
  • Forage analysis
  • Feed analysis
  • Manure analysis
  • Water analysis
  • Brucellosis Vaccinations
  • Sprayer calibration

Educational Programs Available:

  • Private pesticide training
  • Master Gardener training
  • Vegetable production
  • Lawn management
  • Beef forage management
  • Beef herd management
  • Arkansas Beef Improvement Program (ABIP)


Healthy Caesar Salad

Family and Consumer Sciences


Food, Family, and Finances! The goals of our Family and Consumer Science programs are to education youth and adults on Health and Nutrition, Family Life, and Financial Management.  We provide programs and program materials for schools, churches, civic groups, and community development efforts. 


Health and Nutrition (Food)

Within our Health and Nutrition programs is what is referred to as the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) which is designed for those low income families and food stamp recipients.  Programs that fall under this category will be marked with (*). 

Youth Programs:

  • MyPlate*
  • Farm To You*
  • Pick a Better Snack*

Adult Programs:

  • Diabetic Cooking Schools
  • Grocery Store Tours*
  • Wellness Ambassador Program


Family Life (Family)

Our Family Life programs are designed to assist parents, guardians, and professionals on ways to care for their families emotional, educational, and developmental needs.

Youth Programs:

  • Getting Our Hearts Right

Adult Programs:

  • Guiding Children Successfully
  • Blueprint for Happiness
  • Managing Stress
  • The Personal Journey


Financial Management (Finances)

In Columbia County, financial management skills are needed and designed for our youth and young adults.

Youth Programs:

  • Get Real Here's the Deal

Adult Programs:

  • Navigating Your Financial Journey


Professional Training Programs:

  • ServSafe Food Safety Training
  • Best Care Childcare Training
  • Extension Wellness Ambassador Program



Boy grilling chicken in the BBQ contest

Columbia County 4-H

Columbia County Extension Service serves over 140 county youth in projects such as Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as well as a variety of other activities and programs.  The Extension staff and 11 4-H volunteers support the 6 clubs and activities below.  To learn more about any of these clubs or to become a 4-H volunteer contact us at the Columbia County Extension Office at 235-3720.

Photo:  Our annual 4-H Poultry BBQ is a popular event.  Micah W. won the 2014 county competition and went on to place 3rd at the District BBQ. 

Columbia County 4-H Clubs

  • Bethlehem 4-H Club
  • Columbia County 4-H Shooting Sports
  • Columbia County 4-H Teen Leader Club
  • Community Kids 4-H Club
  • Emerson Mighty Pirate 4-H Club
  • Shiloh-Lamartine 4-H Club

Columbia County 4-H Activities

  • Achievement Banquet
  • Christmas Ornament Workshop
  • Talent O-Rama
  • Fashion Revue
  • Talks & Demos
  • Foods O-Rama
  • Poultry BBQ
  • Project Fair