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!
Bull Soundness Clinic
A Breeding Bull Soundness Clinic was recently conducted in Garland County at the new Lake Hamilton Agricultural Science Building. Approximately 30 bulls were tested, and the option of a Trichonomiasis test was available at registration. Eleven of the 30 bulls were tested for "Trich". The clinic, which was conducted by Dr. Claire Kelly of Kelly Veterinary Clinic, is offered each year in January, for a nominal fee.
For more information, contact Jimmy Driggers, Garland County Agriculture Agent and Staff Chair.
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. On October 17, several Garland County 4-H members and parents participated in an activity involving a pony, rabbit, rooster, hen, goat, and yellow lab. These animals were there for the petting and viewing pleasure of the kids and adults who visited TSC on Saturday. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks were served to customers who visited the store.
Photo: Garland County 4-H'ers and parents brought animals for petting and viewing pleasure at Hot Springs Tractor Supply.
For more information contact us at 501-623-6841 or email Linda Bates.
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Garland County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale
Hot Springs Farmer's Market, 121 Orange Street, April 30. The theme this year is “BACK TO NATIVE: Planting for the Environment – Birds, Bees and
Butterflies." Native plants will be included in the collection of Master Gardener-grown and propagated
plants. In addition, local horticultural societies and nurseries/greenhouses are joining
in the event. Sales will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until noon. Experienced Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer free advice at the Plant
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.