Welcome to the
Craighead 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 lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Craighead County Extension Office is at your service!
4-H: A Place for Everyone!
Mastery, Independence, Belonging and Life Skills are the major cores in the 4-H youth program. 4-H is a national youth organization that focuses on building a well-rounded, confident, independent and courteous youth. Citizenship skills and public speaking skills help our youth to become the future Teacher, Farmer, Rancher, Artist, Fashion Designer or Horticulturist! Many people mistakenly believe that 4-H is only for youth that have farms or animals...that is simply not the case. Whether your child is interested or involved in something that requires Cowboy boots or Ballet slippers, Tomato Plants or Tomato Sauce, 4-H has a fit for everyone. With over 200 different project areas a student can find virtually anything and everything to fit their ever growing and sometimes ever changing interest! Craighead county has multiple clubs designed to fit every genre and interest of our county's youth. "Go Green...Join 4-H!"
Photo: Craighead County 4-H Kids Kitchen Camp Graduates.
Craighead County Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in gardening to learn and serve their communities. In Craighead County, Master Gardeners volunteer in 12 public garden projects from the Native Plant and the Butterfly Garden located at the Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, to the Display Garden on the Campus of Arkansas State University. Craighead County Master Gardeners contributed 9322.5 volunteer hours in 2016 worth $215,070 to help beautify Craighead County.
Interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Craighead County? Contact Branon Thiesse- County Extension Agent, Staff Chair and/orcomplete the on-line application.
Photo: Award Winning Master Gardener Project, Display Garden, ASU.
Craighead County Extension Homemakers Council
The Craighead County Extension Homemakers Council is an affiliated group of the University of Arkansas - Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service with a three-fold mission of education, leadership, and community service. With a membership of 127, Craighead County EHC logs over 45,000 volunteer hours per year.
Interested in becoming a member of the Craighead County Extension Homemakers Council? Contact Debra DeRossitte- County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences.
Photo: Knitting for Noggins for Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
The Craighead County Cooperative Extension Service offers a variety of educational programs to help Craighead County residents meet their personal, family and organizational goals related to healthy bodies, healthy finances and healthy relationships.
Community programs, such as Eating Smart, Being Active (nutrition program), Extension Get Fit (exercise programs / groups) Navigating the Financial Journey (budgeting /debt reduction programs) and The Best Care (child provider and foster parent training) are offered free or at minimal costs in a variety of venues throughout Jonesboro and Craighead County.
Worksite programs designed to help create healthier work policy, system and environmental change are available to area businesses, schools and industries. Popular options have been the 100 Day Weight Loss Challenge and Deskercise exercise programs.
Faith-based programs involve a partnership of County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences and lay leaders from the participating congregation / faith-based group. Lessons center around developing healthy changes to benefit members and those they serve.
Contact Debra DeRossitte-County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences.
Photo: Hands-on cooking lessons.
Craighead County agriculture contributes about $160 million dollars to the county economy. This is due to choosing profitable crops and producing top yields using proper variety selection. Variety testing is conducted on all major crops. In particular, corn acreage increased 22,930 acres in 2013 due to an increase in the price per bushel for that product.
Craighead County producers used results from the county corn variety testing program to select cultivars for their specific situation. By choosing the proper variety, producers saw an increase of 46 bu/acre. Based on $5.50 bu/acre corn, producers saw an increase in revenue of $253.94 per acre.
Contact Branon Thiesse, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair or Chris Grimes,County Extension Agent-Agriculture.
Photo: Harvesting Corn Variety plots.