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 (http://www.uaex.edu/about-extension/what-does-arkansas-extension-service-do.aspx). 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!
Brucellosis (BANG's) Vaccination Time
It is Brucellosis (BANG’S) vaccination time again. The dates for vaccinating for 2016 will be during the second week of April. A state technician will be available to vaccinate heifers, age 4 to 12 months, at no cost. Producers must provide assistance and adequate working facilities for the technician.
Vaccinating heifers for Brucellosis is still extremely important because we have Class-Free status. This free service is provided by funding from the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission.
4-H'ers at Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign
Twice a year, the Tractor Supply Company holds a twelve-day Spring and Fall 4-H Paper Clover Campaign. One hundred percent of the funds raised by this event will benefit 4-H. Last year our Hot Springs TSC store was recognized with the Class Champion Award and was second in the state behind Stuttgart. The money raised during our area’s Tractor Supply 4-H Paper Clover Drive benefits 4-H’ers in our county. The funds are used for educational programs in Garland County. This year's fundraiser will be April 13-24, 2016 in Garland County.
Photo: Last year Garland County 4-H'ers and parents brought animals to the Hot Springs Tractor Supply for petting and viewing pleasure.
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.