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Welcome To The

Drew County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
Check out our 'What We Do' Video to learn about how Extension helps in Drew County!  

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 Drew County Extension Office is at your service!

Walk Across Arkansas September 26- November 18

Green field crops growing in Arkansas, Hardwood trees in background

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The Beef, Row Crop, EHC, and 4-H newsletters are now available by e-mail. To sign up for FREE up-to-date information on these and other important related topics, please sign up on our e-news registration page or contact our office to join our e-mail or postal newsletter list. 

Photo: Drew County, Arkansas Field Crops

Pesticide Applicator Training

PAT training to be held at the Farm Bureau meeting room on November 1, 2016 at 10:00 am.



4-H Clover: Green 4-leafed clover with stem, White capital letter H on each leaf

4-H Members Participate in Annual O-Rama & Study Wildlife/Conservation

4-H'ers have the opportunity to participate in several upcoming 4-H Camps at the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center this summer. For more information, visit the Arkansas 4-H Center Page or contact our office at 870-460-6270. To learn details about when each of the Drew County 4-H clubs meets, check out our Programs Page.

2016 Drew County 4-H Clubs

Horse Club
Meets the First Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Drew County Courthouse Clubroom and at different locations. Becke Williams and Sandra Fults are the leaders.

Horse Clinic
Meets the first Saturday of each month at Rocking Horse Ranch from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Becke Williams and Sandra Fults are the leaders.

Koinonia Club
Meets the second Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at Living Word Church. Sonya Sneed and Lynn Lanthrip are the leaders.

Shooting Sports
Meets at various times and places. See the Extension office for details.Terry Koone and Matt Pelkki are the leaders.

Kennedy 4-H
Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Kennedy Church- Fellowship Hall.

4-H Sewing Club
Meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Clubroom in the Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. Eva Shantz and Sandra Fults are the leaders.

Vet Science Club
Meets at various times and locations, contact the Extension office for details. 


 Photo: 4-H Clover


Drawn outline of family in red and black ink (single straight and curved lines depict the upper body and heads of 6 people various sizes/ages) encircled by the words Family & Consumer Sciences in red and black ink

Drew County Extension Homemakers Clubs

Since 1912, members of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council (AEHC), have made it their mission to empower individuals and families to improve their lives through continuing education, leadership development, and community service. The organization is one of the largest nonprofit volunteer groups in the state with a membership of 4,400 and over 350 clubs. To learn details about when each of the Drew County EHC clubs meet, check out our Programs Page.

Drew County EHC will host the kitchen in the Extension Building during the Drew County Fair. Some of the items available for sale will be homemade pies, chili, red beans and rice, and much more. The Drew County Fair will kick off September 20- September 24.

Photo: Family and Consumer Sciences


Master Gardener logo: Hardwood tree with leaves and roots; Master Gardener in all capital letters below the tree

Drew County Master Gardeners

The Drew County Master Gardeners group consists of local gardeners who have completed training and are active in community volunteerism.  The group supports beautification and maintenance landscape projects such as the library, fairgrounds, museum, MIS Learning Garden, and others.  Individual members also serve by advising homeowners regarding landscape and garden concerns.

Woman arranging flowers on a table
Sandra Crowell shares flower arrangements at a recent Master Gardener meeting.

The program began in 1972 in Washington State and has since encompassed the entire nation with Arkansas joining ranks in 1988. There are currently 2,452 Master Gardeners who call Arkansas home. Collectively, these individuals have contributed over 120,000 hours in community service projects during 2013 alone.

Training is in the planning stage at this time, but is tentatively set for the February/March 2017 timeframe.  The training consists of five full days of training (40 hours) and covers a wide array of topics such as trees, insects, diseases, botany, honey bees, birds, etc. 

For additional information about the statewide program, please visit the Arkansas Master Gardener Program Page. Anyone interested in learning more about the Drew County Master Gardeners  please contact our office at 870-460-6270 or email Also, check out our Programs Page

More information is included in this newsletter.


Hands palm up holding soil, Green grass in background

Soil Boxes Available for Routine Soil Tests

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Drew County Extension Office has FREE soil boxes available to the public for anyone interested in sampling their soil in preparation for Spring planting. Routine soil tests provide an index describing the availability of nutrients for plant uptake, but only measure a portion of the total pool of nutrients in the soil. The University of Arkansas uses the Mehlich-3 soil test method and provides recommendations for fertilizer rates that will optimize plant growth and yield while also replacing the macro-nutrients removed by previous harvested crops when applicable. Fertilizer and lime recommendations are also based on crop rotations, soil texture, plant variety and yield goal when appropriate.


Test Your Soil for Plant Food and Lime Needs


The Soil Test Report


Understanding the Numbers on Your Soil Test Report


Fertilizing Your Lawn


Liming Your Lawn


For more information or to get your soil boxes, please contact our office at 870-460-6270, visit our office on the ground floor of the Drew County Courthouse or email 


Photo: A handful of soil

Drew County Whep participants standing in front of Arkansas State Flag and Bradford Research & Extension Center sign.

Drew County WHEP

The Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) is a hands-on environmental education program for 4-H and FFA youth dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management. The program provides participants an opportunity to test their wildlife knowledge in competition. Each state supporting WHEP conducts an annual contest and the winning senior team earns an invitation to attend the National WHEP Invitational in July. The Drew County WHEP Team won first place at the State Tournament and competed at the 2015 National Contest held during August in Alabama.

 WHEP is not scheduled to resume meeting until January 2017. Meeting dates and site will be announced at a later date.  

 For more information about WHEP, contact our office at 870-460-6270 or email

 Photo: White County 4-H members Joe M. and Isaac G., and Drew County 4-H member Caleb R., The 2014 Arkansas National WHEP Team. 


The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.