Welcome To The

Franklin 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 Franklin County Extension Office is at your service!


Young girl with a big smile holding a red feathered chicken with her Dad standing behind her smiling and wearing a red shirt

Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick chick  

Franklin County 4-H members can learn the recommended practices of managing the family laying flock. Youth each receive 25 day-old chicks to grow out.  4-H members develop stewardship skills and learn responsibility as they feed and care for the birds. When the birds are approximately 22 weeks in age, each 4-H member will return 4 pullets to the county show and sale.  The money from the sale is used to buy chicks the following year.  This is why the project is called the 4-H Poultry Chain Project. Contact our office to sign up for the 2014 Poultry Chain Project.

Photo: 2013 Grand Champion Pullet Chain winner

Join a 4-H Club in Franklin County.  Follow us on  for additional information on 4-H in Franklin County.


9 older women holding bar weights sitting in chairs following the leader as she exercises

Strong Women and Men Program

Strong Women and Men is a low impact strength training program designed to increase strength, endurance, balance and flexibility in older adults.  Many participants have reported that this program has allowed them to remain in their homes and living independently as they age.  Classes are held in both Ozark and Charleston. Contact the Franklin County Extension Office for days and times.

Photo: Franklin County Strongwomen & Men Group

2 women looking at plants for sale that have green, red and pink leaves sitting on a table

Franklin County Master Gardeners

The Master Gardener program provides intense home horticulture training to individuals who then volunteer in their communities.  Master Gardeners receive many hours of training in botany, soil science, plant propagation, pest management, pesticide usage, vegetable and ornamental gardening, plant and weed identification, pruning and other horticulture related subjects.  In exchange, Master Gardeners donate back to local communities by answering questions, coordinating community events, and planting educational and therapeutic gardens.  If you would like the opportunity to become a Master Gardener, please contact the Extension office to sign up for the 2014 training to be held in January/February.

Photo: Franklin County Master Gardeners Plant Sale