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. 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!
Avian Advice - Fall 2015
The recent outbreak of Avian Influenza, December 2014-June 2015, was the largest animal health emergency in the history of the United States; affecting multiple states, including Arkansas. The disease outbreak caused the death and destruction of over 48 million+ birds (commercial layer chickens, turkeys, game fowl, and small hobby chicken flocks) with federal costs alone in disease control and indemnity exceeding 700+ million US dollars. The US poultry industry was severely affected by this outbreak from losses of poultry and eggs, quarantines, trade restrictions, bans, market losses, etc. There is great concern that with the Fall migration of waterfowl and shorebirds there could be renewed outbreaks. Read more....
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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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 Courthouse