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!
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.
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.
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.