Welcome To The

Jefferson 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 Jefferson County Extension Office is at your service!

 

4 female 4-H'ers and one male 4-H'er standing with county agent Pia Woods holding Jefferson County sign

Today's Teens – Tomorrow's Leaders

Members of the Jefferson County Teen Leader 4-H Club are challenged and given opportunities to develop and hone leadership skills. The club, consisting of youth ages thirteen to nineteen, meets monthly at the Extension office and other sites throughout the county. Club officers are responsible for conducting the monthly business meeting and serve as representatives for the county 4-H program. All members are trained in 4-H project area curriculum and then assist with conducting county day camp workshops and activities for younger youth and adult volunteers. Educational activities are designed to foster self-confidence, teamwork, community involvement and healthy lifestyle choices.


Photo: County teens participate in AR 4-H O-Rama on the campus of the U of A Fayetteville.

SNAP Ed

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)


Jefferson County FCS agent, Mary Ann Kizer, presented adult SNAP-Ed Nutrition lessons on $en$e, Eating Smart and Being Active, and Rite Bite programs with 5,667 participants and 78 sessions.


Programs were conducted at DHS, WIC, Walmart, Salvation Army, Jefferson Comprehensive Care Health Clinic, Brookshire's, Crandfords, Save-U-More, Farmers Market, Save-a-Lot, and libraries.


Jefferson County ranks 64 out of 75 Arkansas counties for health factors:


  • 32.2% of 77,435 residents are on SNAP
  • 38% of adults over 20 are obese
  • Food insecurity rate is 19.2%

Photo: Making stir-fry and smoothies at the Farmers Market grand opening

Picture of the Home and Garden Show

Master Gardeners

The Jefferson County Master Gardener Program is over 25 years old and has over 80 members. They are very active with activities including a Youth Demonstration Garden, Adopt-a-Spot decorative areas on major highway intersections and the Annual Home and Garden Show at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. They also conduct regular training activities and assist Cooperative Extension in the overall horticulture education programs of the county. They provide several tons of fresh produce each year for deserving civic organizations and food banks as well as over 600 participating students from area schools as they learn to plant and harvest garden crops.


Photo: Home and Garden Show at Pine Bluff Convention Center

 

Liberty Utilities Rain Garden

Urban Stormwater

 

 A 2005 National Environmental Education and Training Foundation report found that 78 % of the public doesn't understand that runoff is the most common source of water pollution. Rain Gardens slow down pollutants. The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service was contacted by Liberty Utilities to resolve an ongoing erosion and runoff issue at its water utility facility in Pine Bluff.  The county agent- Lee Anderson, Liberty Utilities employees, and Master Gardeners designed and installed a Rain Garden. The garden is a public example of a best management practice that others can incorporate. Two educational programs on stormwater pollution were conducted for Liberty Utilities' employees. Rain Garden and Stormwater fact sheets are also in its facility for customers. To find out more, click here.  FSA9533