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Garland County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service


Garland County Extension Office

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 Garland County Extension Office is at your service!

Horse with Rider Coming out of Gate into Arena

Arkansas 4-H Roping Championship

The Arkansas 4-H Roping Championship will be May 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m. at the Saline County Fairgrounds, Benton, Arkansas.  CALL-IN ENTRIES ONLY:  Tuesday, May 27, 6-9 p.m., Phone: 501-282-1036.  Entry fees are $40 per event plus a one-time $10 office fee.  Fees will be collected the day of the event and should be Cash Only.  Events:  Junior Boys:  Breakaway, Goat Tying, Team Roping; Senior Boys:  Breakaway, Tie Down, Team Roping; Junior Girls:  Breakaway, Goat Tying, Team Roping; Senior Girls:  Breakaway, Goat Tying, Team Roping.  (Teams may be composed of girls and boys.)  Four saddles will be awarded to High Point Jr. Boy, Jr. Girl, Sr. Boy, and Sr. Girl, all who must be a current 4-H members to be eligible for saddles.  Junior contestants should be ages 9-13, and Seniors ages 14-19.  Age is determined by age of participant on January 1. 

For more information, contact Jimmy Driggers, Garland County Agriculture Agent and Staff Chair. 

 Stacy with horse and group of children

Garland County 4-H'ers EXPERIENCE Animals!

Learn by doing--that is what Garland County 4-H is all about!  These kids don't just hear about the animals they study...they EXPERIENCE them!!  Garland County 4-H programs allow the youth of our county to find out what it means to "learn by doing".  Actually standing next to and touching the animals makes a lasting impression on the students of our area schools!   Over 1200 kids in Garland County experienced the thrill of being up close and personal with the animals they learned about in the numerous animal safety sessions presented in the school districts.  The 4-H members in the county also participate in a variety of activities on the county, district and state levels.  Two new programs, the Citizenship/Leadership Program and the Veterinary Science Program have kept lots of the members very busy.  From a county courthouse tour and a rousing quiz bowl competition with neighboring counties to a tour of the Clinton Library and the Old State House, the Citizenship/Leadership program gives 4-H'ers a new sense of the importance of being an informed, involved citizen of their community.  The new Veterinary Science Program is in its first year.  Members of the program have already spent several hours in the classroom style setting.  They also toured an actual veterinarian's clinic where they were allowed to observe during minor surgery on a dog.  Many more exciting activities are on the horizon for the vet science members!!  For more information about these and other great programs offered throughout the year, contact Linda Bates, Garland County 4-H Agent. 

Photo:  Stacy Gross talks about her horse at Lakeside School

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Garland County Master Gardeners at the County Courthouse

Do You Want to be a Garland County, Arkansas Master Gardener?

You don't have to be a gardening wizard to become a Master Gardener through the Cooperative Extension Service.  In January of every year, Garland County holds a forty-hour training program for new Master Gardener Interns.  The program runs one eight-hour day per week for five weeks.  There is a cost for this program to cover the printed materials, daily lunches, your permanent name tag, and your first year's membership dues. At the end of this training period, you need to put in 40 hours of project time and 20 hours of educational time in the ensuing year to qualify as a certified Master Gardener.  From then on, there is an annual requirement of 20 project hours and 20 learning hours. That's all there is to it. For more information on becoming a Master Gardener, contact Allen Bates, Garland County Horticulture Agent.

Photo: Garland County Master Gardeners at the County Courthouse

EHC Relay for Life Luncheon

EHC Relay for Life "Under the Big Top" Luncheon

The Garland County Cooperative Extension Service and Garland County Extension Homemakers Council (EHC) hosted a Relay for Life fundraiser luncheon April 18 at the EHC Building located at the Garland County Fairgrounds..  The theme for this year was "Under the Big Top".  The guest speaker was Donna Smith, the local representative for the Relay for Life program.  The Garland County EHC raised approximately $3000.00 this year.   For more information on EHC and the programs offered, contact Jessica Vincent, Garland County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent.  The Garland County Cooperative Extension Service is located at 236 Woodbine (the corner of Hazel and Woodbine).  Call (501) 623-6841 or (501) 922-4703.

Photo: Relay for Life "Under the Big Top" Luncheon

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