Welcome to The
Garland 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 (What We Do). 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!
We are here to provide research-based information to farmers on livestock and forages, hold yearly Pesticide Applicator Training classes for producers, hold meetings on pertinent issues that are relevant to the Garland County area, and assist cattle producers with the latest technology on raising cattle and forages.
Our office provides hay and feed analysis, advises on pond problems, and assists equine owners with the latest research on equine and forages.
If you have a question on any of the above-mentioned areas, please contact Jimmy Driggers by email or call him at 501-623-6841.
Generation to Generation—A 4-H Tradition Continues
Mrs. Aleta Winston spent most of her life involved in 4-H. She wore many hats as
she participated in every aspect of the 4-H program. As an adult, she became a 4-H
club leader so the community children could also enjoy the meaning of “Making the
Best Better.” Not only was Mrs. Winston learning new things herself to share with her club, she
was also raising three very active 4-H’ers of her own. Her daughter, Annette Walters,
continued the legacy and started the Clever Clovers 4-H Club. Annette raised her
children in 4-H just like she was raised. Mrs. Winston’s grandson, Josh Wright, carried
the tradition and started the Adventure Club. He worked a few years at the C.A. Vines
4-H Center in Ferndale near Little Rock. Josh also became the first Garland County
4-H Agent. Ms. Winston’s granddaughter, Jamie Walters, kept her grandmother’s vision
alive and started the Rocking Clovers 4-H Club. Ms. Winston’s granddaughter, Jamie
Walters, kept her grandmother’s vision alive and started the Rocking Clovers 4-H Club.
Mrs. Aleta Winston's family represents 70 plus years of 4-H tradition. At the recent 4-H Achievement Banquet, she and the family were the recipients of the 4-H Alumni Award for 2015.
Allen Bates Receives the Master Gardener Agent of the Year Award!
Allen Bates, Garland County Extension Agent, was awarded Agent of the Year at the recent Master Gardener State Conference in Eureka Springs. Allen oversees the Garland County Master Gardeners as part of his extension agent duties, and we are so pleased to have such kind and knowledgeable oversight! He leads organization and teaching for the basic Master Gardener training class which includes five counties, and conducts educational programming for the public. He is pleasant and hard working, always available for advice and wisdom, a true leader!
Would you like to be a 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 or download a Master Gardener Application here and return to our office.