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 African American teen girls standing with older white man that is holding an award that is being presented to the 4-H Club

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 4-H Teen Leaders meet with Quorum Court members during National 4-H Week.

Older men & women standing in a group holding red, green, pink, yellow & white exercise balls above their heads

Strong Women & Men

The strength training program, Strong Women and Men, is conducted each Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at the Jefferson County Extension Conference Room. The program is appropriate for persons of any age who are either sedentary or very active. Participants use barbells and ankle weights with large exercise balls. Research shows that a program of strength training not only improves bone density but reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms, and increases flexibility and strength.   There is a $12 charge for the Strong Women & Men program.


Photo:  Strong Women and Men Strength Training Class

Elderly man, young boy & 4 women picking produce from a garden; truck & trailer with a small storage building & another garden in the background

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: Local elementary students harvest vegetables from county MG demonstration garden.