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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Desha 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.



With the waters starting to subside from Desha County and our surrounding neighbors, we are facing a long time of recovery, cleaning and rebuilding.  We at the Desha County Extension office would like to remind our residents that we have materials that can help get their lives back to some semblance of normal and order.  Below you will find links to helpful fact sheets on food safety, documents and financial needs.  Please do not hesitate to contact Hope Bragg, Chuck Capps or Heather Reed for more information.  Together we can recover from the devastating rains of this year.

General Flood Information:

Food Safety

Financial Issues

Other Flood Links of Interest

FCS Agent displayed MyPlate tips in local grocery stores

Desha County Family & Consumer Sciences

Desha County has an Adult Obesity of 38% vs. the national average of 25%. Physical inactivity is 33% vs. the national average of 21%. In addition, fewer than 25% of adults and 5.2 % of adolescents consume the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables. Contact Heather Reed, FCS Agent, (870-222-3972) at the Desha County office for more information about the following programs.

  • Best Care
  • Best Care Connected
  • Guiding Children Successfully
  • Arthritis Intervention Activities
  • Heart Health
  • Be Med Wise
  • Acknowledging Aging
  • Financial Smart Start for Newlyweds
  • See the World Through My Eyes
  • Medicine Ball
  • Expanded Food and Nutrition
  • Eating Better Today
  • Canning/Preserving Classes and Information
  • Nutrition information as it relates to chronic disease prevention

Photo: Grocery Store signs explain the value of the healthy food groups for a healthy lifestyle.

Soybeans are the leading crop in Desha County

Desha County Agriculture

Agriculture is a vital part of Desha County. The County Extension office provides a wide variety of services and educational programs to assist with area farmers and homeowners. Contact Chuck Capps (870-222-3972) for more information or any questions about the following programs or services:

  • Soil testing
  • Water testing
  • Manure analysis
  • Plant disease diagnosis
  • Plant identification
  • Sprayer calibration
  • Fruit production
  • Weed and brush control
  • DD50 program for rice
  • Vegetable garden and lawn
  • Pesticide training
  • Horticultural maintenance and concerns
  • Diagnosing row-crop problems
  • Crop production recommendations

Photo:Soybeans are grown on an average of 130,000 acres per year in Desha County, representing the largest acreage of any crop grown in the county.

4-Hers Riding Skills

Desha County 4-H

Although there are several ways to be involved with our youth, 4H clubs offer the most fun and excitement. 4H clubs are made up of adult volunteers working with a group of young people who want to learn new things, meet new people and have a good time along the way!  Contact Hope Bragg (870-222-3972) for more information or any questions about the following programs or services:

  • Science and Technology
  • Health food and nutrition
  • Citizenship and leadership
  • Community service
  • ATV Safety
  • Photography
  • Afterschool programs
  • Gardening

Photo: 4-H makes learning fun through hands-on activities like horseback riding. 

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP)

EFNEP adults focus on educational programs to enhance the quality of the families' diet. The adults are taught in small groups or individually by EFNEP Assistants trained by Extension Educators. The majority of participants complete the EFNEP curriculum in less than 8 months. EFNEP youth focuses on providing food and nutrition education to contribute to personal development of youth from families with low income. The youth are taught in summer or year-round enrichment programs conducted by EFNEP assistants and volunteers.  Contact Heather Reed (870-222-3972) for more information on the EFNEP Program.