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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Greene County, Arkansas

The Cooperative Extension Service offers a host of educational programs and services.  If you do not see what you are looking for below, please contact our county Extension Office for assistance. 

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Greene County 4-H

4-H is the youth development program conducted by the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service and is conducted in cooperation with County governments and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 The Greene County 4-H Youth Development Program’s mission is to provide opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, form attitudes, and practice behavior that will enable them to become self directing, productive, and contributing members of society. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship, and skills children will use throughout their lives. Volunteer leaders are the backbone of our county 4-H program. County extension agents provide training for leaders and they, in turn, teach youth groups. The 4-H program is for all youth between ages 5-19, from all racial, cultural, economic, and social backgrounds.

4-H project work is an informal “learn by doing” educational program with many and varied projects and activities. There are more than 80 projects to choose from in Arkansas. 4-H project work promotes lifelong skills in leadership, citizenship and decision making, helping youth achieve their fullest potential. 4-H is known for teaching life skills through project work, public speaking, record keeping and other educational activities.

4-H clubs are managed by trained volunteer leaders. Each club has regularly scheduled meetings or other planned activities. Club meetings teach social skills, parliamentary procedure and usually consist of hands-on activities and educational programs. Opportunities are available for conducting community service projects and allow for developing leadership skills.

For more information, please contact Lance Blythe at (870) 236-6921.


Group of ladies working out with weights

Greene County Family and Consumer Sciences

Greene County Extension Service is dedicated to meeting the community education needs of its 37,000 people with relevant programs. Greene County offers a variety of programs such as Diabetes education, ServSafe, Best Care, Budgeting, Parenting, Med-Wise, Food Safety Education, and Snap-Ed. For more information call us at (870) 236-6921.

 Photo: Participants in a "Strong Women" program

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    In Greene County, 1,572 food stamp recipients and other eligible low-income individuals and families were taught at the Food Pantry. 82.5% stated they had increased knowledge of healthy foods and understand how to plan a balanced meal. 85% stated that they had increased eating fruits and vegetables; 77% stated had made better choices of lower fat foods; and 69% stated are reading food label to make better food choices.

  • ServSafe
    In recent years, the Arkansas Hospitality Association as been awarded grant funds to train food-service management employees in ServSafe Food Safety.  The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture has joined in this effort to work with the Arkansas Hospitality Association to provide ServSafe classes to the clients of Arkansas.  For more information call the Extension office at (870)236-6921.

  • Finance
    Estate Planning

    Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?TM provides people with practical information about the inheritance and transfer of non-titled personal property. The curriculum, workshop, and related resources help families communicate, make decisions, and lessen conflict.

  • Nutrition

    Diabetes Workshops

    About 17 million people in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes is widely recognized as one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. In 1999, about 450,000 deaths occurred among adults with diabetes.

    Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease, but it can be delayed or prevented. You can do a lot to lower your chances of getting diabetes. Exercising regularly, reducing fat and calorie intake, and losing weight can all help you reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For more information on future workshops contact the Greene County Extension Office.

    Diabetes Workshop

    Photo: Diabetes education workshop

  • Best Care
    Best Care meets the professional development needs of Arkansas' early childhood professionals by providing 10 hours of verified training through Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways (TAPP). The Best Care training supports Arkansas' early childhood facilities in meeting the basic and intermediate levels of Better Beginnings. The course is developed and offered free of charge by the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the AR Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. For more information call the Extension office at (870)236-6921.


     Best Care Training  

    Photo: Debbie Still conducting a Best Care Training

  • Health


    This program covers what is a medicine, reading drug facts labels, active ingredients with drug interactions, and problem solving. Different sessions include Over the Counter Medications; How to Talk to Your Doctor; Just Because They are Natural Doesn't Mean They Are Safe; and Disposal of Drugs.

    Over the Counter Medications

    How to Talk to Your Doctor

  • Greene County Extension Homemakers

    The mission of this organization shall be to empower individuals and families to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development, and community service. For more information about the Arkansas Extension Homemakers program, call the Extension office at (870)236-6921.

    Friendship EH club meets first Monday of Month.

    Greene County High EH club meets on Second Thursday of Month.

    Center Hill EH club meets on second Wednesday of Month.

    Lillian Pittman conducting a program at an EHC meeting

    Photo: Lillian Pittman conducting a program at an EHC meeting. 


Planting soybean in Greene County Arkansas

Agriculture in Greene County

Greene County is known for its diversified agriculture with over 200,000 acres of crop production as well as a large number of livestock farms and several acres of aquaculture. The county has a unique design with cropland on the west and east sides which is divided by a ten mile wide ban of rolling terrain called Crowley's Ridge. Here are commodity statistics, revenue, and 2015 weather for Greene County.

Crops produced include soybeans, rice, corn, wheat, grain sorghum and cotton. A few fields of peanuts were also grown in 2015.  Greene County also has several producers who grow bermudagrass hay. Some acres are even irrigated to ensure consistent, top quality forage that is sold nationwide.

Aquaculture leads the way in gross sales for animal agriculture in Greene County.  Over 3500 acres  of ponds are dedicated to baitfish and catfish production. The Crowley's Ridge section of Greene County is well suited to raise beef cattle and other livestock. A few local cattlemen raise purebred animals to market as seed stock. Many others have crossbred operations that utilize the hill land for pasture and hay for their market animals. Several smaller operations raise  goats, hogs, horses, or sheep.   Some of the top livestock show animals in the nation are raised and trained in Greene County!

Below are a few of the agriculture programs conducted, and services available, through the U of A Division of Agriculture, Greene County Cooperative Extension Service. For more information contact the Extension office at (870) 236-6921.


Greene County Master Gardeners Arkansas

Greene County Master Gardener Program

The Greene County Master Gardeners are a very active group not afraid to tackle difficult projects. Over 40 local volunteers have been trained as Master Gardeners, with 25 members currently active. Over a dozen sanctioned projects are currently overseen by the group. Examples include beautification projects such as the Historical Courthouse, Greene County Fairgrounds, Greene County Library, Greene County Museum, and the Paragould welcome sign displays.

Members also conduct educational programs. The Garden Explosion is a day long seminar that has been conducted for four years. It creates local program awareness and provides educational opportunities to the general public. The Brown Bag Lunch (BBL) series is another popular program conducted monthly at the Paragould Public Library to provide horticulture information to the public.  Following are more details about the Master Gardener program in Greene County. For more information contact the Extension office at (870) 236-6921.


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Community and Economic Development

Greene County is blessed to have and provide numerous job opportunities for local residents. It is one of the few counties in the delta region that continues to grow and have a continued increase in population for many decades. Greene County has one of the largest industry bases in our area being only second to Craighead County. For more information contact Allen Davis at (870) 236-6921. 

The Division of Agriculture offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.