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Independence County Extension Programs

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. We will keep you up-to-date on things happening around the county each month. 


Three women training with medicine balls during a Get Fit session

Extension Get Fit

The Extension Get Fit program (formerly known as Strong Women) is a program designed to:

  • Improve strength, balance and flexibility 
  • Reduce the risk of falls
  • Help maintain independence 
  • Increase energy
  • Help manage your weight 
  • Decrease pain
  • Help you feel better

This fitness class meets twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Each class includes a warm up, strength training exercises, cool down stretches and a balance exercise. Our program provides a supportive group environment and is appropriate for most fitness levels. 

For more information, contact your local county extension office. Come join in on the fun!

Photo: Fitness class in session 



Independence County MG Plant Sale

Independence County Master Gardeners

The mission of the Master Gardener program is to provide community service garden projects, educate others about gardening in Arkansas and beautify the state.

The Master Gardeners meet on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Independence County Extension Office Conference Room. To learn how to become a Master Gardener, call the Extension Office at (870) 793-8840. 

Master Gardener Officers 2016

President- Sue Kibbe 

Vice President- Charlene Morrison

2nd Vice President- Gayla Griffin

Secretary- Cathy Shonk

Treasurer- Rita Clark 

Photo: Master Gardener plant sale.

Seafood Cook-Off team members prepare for the start of the competition

Independence County 4-H

Three Independence County 4-H members were recently selected to take a trip to New Orleans for the 2016 Great American Seafood Cook-Off: 4-H Edition. The county team was chosen to represent Arkansas in the cook-off where the team prepared a Seafood Lasagna. Arkansas did not place in the top 3 but it was a great experience for all involved. The participants were all members of the 4-H Cooking Club where they learned the essential cooking skills needed to compete in the cook-off. 

If you are interested in your child joining the 4-H program in Independence County, call your local Extension Office today. 


Photo: 4-Her's preparing for the start of the competition