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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!

Doug Meredith Farm, field day host

Pasture Weed Control Field Day

The Garland County Cooperative Extension Service hosted three Pasture Weed Control Field Days.  The participants included cattlemen, agri-retailers, and Extension agents from across the state.  Dr. John Boyd, AR Extension Weed Specialist, was also in attendance.  Hosted at Doug Meredith's Farm, a local cattle producer, participants viewed some weed control plots that were applied last fall.  These plots showed examples of weed control with current range and pasture herbicide products. The plots showed the participants that effective weed control can be achieved in fall applications even on problem weeds like buckhorn plantain, which was the focus of these plots. Fall applications can also help grass green up quicker in the spring due to decreased weed pressure. For more information, contact Jimmy Driggers, Garland County Agriculture Agent and Staff Chair.

Photo: Doug Meredith Farm, field day host  

 Woman holding horse's bridle as children observe and pet the horse

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!   In 2014, 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

Phyllis Pipkin giving instructions on proper head space

"Yes We Can"

The Garland County Cooperative Extension Service and Garland County Extension Homemakers Council (EHC) hosted a Food Preservation Workshop at the EHC building located at the Garland County Fairgrounds. This workshop taught the two classifications of food for the purpose of canning - low acid and high acid, and how easy it is to preserve high acid foods through the boiling-water method. Low-acid foods must be preserved through the steam-pressure method.  The workshop was a huge success and from the workshop, the new EHC food preservation club "Yes We Can" was formed.  The official first meeting of the new club was held July 15, 2013. The Garland County EHC hosts SOS (Sharing Our Skills) Workshops in January - May of every year.  The topics for 2014 include Bread Making, Homemade Soups, Vertical Gardening, Homemade Spa Treatments, and Food Preservation.  For more information on EHC and our SOS workshops, contact Jessica Vincent, Garland County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent.

Photo: Phyllis Pipkin giving instruction on proper head space

For more information about the Cooperative Extension Service and the programs offered, visit us in person at 236 Woodbine (the corner of Hazel and Woodbine) or call (501) 623-6841; (501) 922-4703.

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