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Independence County, Arkansas

Welcome to our News and Publications page!  Below you will find local newsletters, news stories, and/or links to other relevant publications.  Please contact our county Extension office for additional information.


Master Gardener shows youth how to start a straw bale garden

Independence County Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in gardening to learn and serve their communities. In Independence County, Master Gardeners volunteer on 13 beautification projects ranging from a community garden in Batesville, to a rose garden at Oaklawn Cemetery. Interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in our County? Contact Nathan Reinhart, CEA-Staff Chair at the Independence County Office.  Read the latest Independence County Master Gardener newsletter here. Photo: Master Gardener, Cathy Shonk, demonstrates how to start a straw bale garden to local youth during a summer workshop. 


Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences helps families and consumers make informed decisions that enhance quality of life and well-being. FCS program priority areas include: 

  • Health and Wellness
  • Aging
  • Marriage, parenting and family life
  • Family and consumer economics
  • Nutrition, food safety and food preservation
  • Leadership

The FCS program in Independence County provides residents with educational opportunities and informative programs delivered throughout the county. If you are interested in learning more about any of these programs, please contact your local county Extension Office. Click here to read the latest FCS newsletter. 

4-Her watering her straw bale garden during a summer workshop


The mission of 4-H 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. In Independence County today, there are more than 300 youth enrolled in 4-H Clubs and thousands more experience a 4-H Youth Development educational program within the year. Membership in 4-H is absolutely free and provides you with a world of opportunity!  

Join a 4-H Club today!  For additional information on 4-H in Independence County, contact Linda Latus - 4-H Program Assistant. Download the July 4-H newsletter here. 


Photo: 4-H member watering her straw bale garden during a summer workshop