Welcome to the
Hot Spring 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 lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Hot Spring County Extension Office is at your service!
Agriculture Resources in Hot Spring County
The Hot Spring County Extension Service provides information needed by producers from hay production to beef genetics. Since producers have experienced an overpopulation of weeds in their fields due to major drought conditions recently, Extension staff has concentrated on weed control and performed numerous weed control demonstrations during regular farm visits.
Knowledge gained from training and education has helped producers purchase appropriate chemicals to control different weed problems. Producers have become aware of lost yieldage occurring on their farms from either lack of nutrients or weed canopy cover over their established grasses. Utilizing weed control practices and some established rotational grazing, county producers have saved thousands of dollars on hay and winter feeding costs. These savings are being put back into the land by fertilizing and spraying areas left untreated before due to lack of funds.
There are quarterly newsletters published by the Extension Office featuring new events and information. Download the current newsletter, Hot Spring County Agriculture Newsletter.
Contact our county office for more information on services, education and training for county producers and homeowners.
Photo: Weed control is vital to healthy fields and pastures
Family Questions? Family Answers.
Hot Spring County Family and Consumer Sciences offers many programs to help you and your family grow stronger, extend resources, enhance health and reach full potential.
Interest in preparing food from the garden to the table is booming and with a renewed interest in cooking, canning and freezing, it is important we use the most up-to-date information to prevent foodborne illnesses. Research is continually being conducted in the area of food preservation and recommendations may change.
The Hot Spring County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent will help you with your food safety or preservation questions. Please contact our office for more information on upcoming seminars on: Extension Get Fit, canning or food preservation, Freezer Friends, Yoga for Kids, Arkansas Afterschool 4-H programs and many other informational activities. Please contact Kristal Draper, County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H at the office 501-332-5267 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pressure Canner Testing is available by appointments.
Photo: Living with Diabetes recipe demonstration
Hot Spring County 4-H Club Programs
Since its beginnings more than 100 years ago, 4-H has grown to become the nation's largest youth development organization. The 4-H idea is simple: help young people and their families gain the skills they need to be proactive forces in their communities' and develop ideas for a more innovative economy. That idea was the catalyst to begin the 4-H movement, and those values continue today.
There are ten active 4-H clubs in Hot Spring County with a membership of nearly 100 youth and twenty adults and teen leaders working with these youth. Hot Spring County 4-H'ers, leaders and parents are involved in such areas as computer technology, livestock production, food safety, camps, shooting sports, horse science, leadership and citizenship development, character development, ATV safety, school enrichment programs, outdoor cookery, state-to-state 4-H Exchange program and many others.
Many of our clubs are very active in their communities as well as there project areas. Our clubs are:
- Magnet Cove 4-H
- Ouachita 4-H
- Poyen Indians 4-H
- Bismarck Arts & Livestock 4-H
- Malvern Leopards 4-H
- Rockin' L 4-H
- Golden Horseshoe 4-H
- Pleasant Hill 4-H
- Young Guns Shooting Sports 4-H
- Veterinary Science 4-H
If you are interested in becoming a part of the largest non-formal educational program for youth ages-5-19, please give us a call at 501-332-5267.
For more recent information check out our 4-H Newsletter, Hot Spring County 4-H Happenings
Photo: County 4-H O'Rama Winners
Hot Spring County Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in gardening to learn and serve their communities. In Hot Spring County, Master Gardeners volunteer on several public garden projects ranging from a butterfly garden at First Step to the flower beds at the Court House Annex Building. Interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Hot Spring County? Contact Rachel Bearden, County Extension Agent- Agriculture/4-H.
Marlee & The Tree - Making Stretching Fun for Kids
Marlee and the Tree is an act-along story that leads children through stretching exercises that counterbalances sitting at a desk all day. The 5-minute story is a great way to transition between activities or to help children calm down when they get overly excited.