4-H Youth Development
Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Service has a wonderful 4-H youth development
program. Through 4-H programs, kids in our county are able to travel to new places
as well as meet other 4-H'ers. Lawrence County currently has over 100 county youth,
ranging from ages 5-19, and 20 adult volunteers. There are 6 clubs spread throughout
the county. Below is a list of the clubs and their meeting location. For more information
about 4-H, contact Bryce Baldridge at the Lawrence County Extension Office at (870)
886-3741. To join a Lawrence County 4-H club or to re-enroll go to 4-H online.
Photo: 4-H members who participated in 2015 Day Camp at Lake Charles State Park.
- Lawrence County 4-H Clubs
- Discovery: meets in Walnut Ridge- Leader-Sandra McGinnis
- Livestock: meets in Black Rock-Leader-Bobby Gates
- Shooting Sports: meets in Black Rock - Leader - Keith Brawley
- Shutterbugs:meets in Walnut Ridge Leader - Tammy Jones
- Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Group Advisor - FCS Agent Katrina Burch
Lawrence County Extension Homemakers
Extension Homemakers have been in the county since 1918. The mission of this organization
is to empower individuals and families to improve their quality of living through
continuing education, leadership development, and community service. The Extension
Homemaker Clubs of the Lawrence County are always busy making lap robes for senior
citizen's centers, giving handmade cards to nursing home residents, volunteering in
the community and making bibs for the Cooperative School in Portia. For more information
on EHC, contact FCS Agent Katrina Burch at (870) 886-3741.
Learn more about the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council.
Photo: Lawrence County EHC Members attending the 2016 AEHC State Conference in Hot
- Lawrence County Extension Homemaker Clubs
- Clover Bend: meets at the Clover Bend Community Center
- Black Rock: meets at the Black Rock Community Center
- Eaton: meets as announced
- Imboden: meets at the Imboden Community Center
- Scrappers: meets at the Donna & Jerry Moore Memorial Arena in Black Rock
- Smithville: meets at the Smithville Community Center
- Krazy Kookers:meets the 3rd Saturday each month at 10 AM. Please call for meeting place as it varies
Lawrence County is very happy to have the Five Rivers Master Gardener Club started
in 1999 as a joint effort with Randolph County. The Five Rivers Master Gardeners are
very active and have monthly meetings as well as conducting educational activities
for the public.
Master Gardeners receive many hours of training in botany, soil science, plant propagation, pest
management, pesticide and herbicide usage, vegetable and ornamental plant gardening,
plant and weed identification, pruning and other horticulture related subjects. In
exchange, Master Gardeners donate back to local communities through community service,
planting educational and therapeutic gardens, providing public speakers and much more.
For more information on the Master Gardener program in Lawrence County contact County
Extension Agent Herb Ginn at 870-886-3741.
Other Home Horticulture Services Available:
Row Crop Programs
Lawrence County is a huge row crop county. On average, producers grow over 100,000
acres of rice, more than 60,000 acres of soybeans, approximately 6,000 acres of wheat,
and have led the state in the production of peanuts with close to 5,000 acres planted
each year. In order to help producers with production problems and to provide them
with the latest research-proven techniques and recommendations, the Lawrence County
Extension office offers several programs. These include the verification program;
flag the technology, on-farm crop variety trials, N-STAR for rice, row crop production
meetings, and farm field days. Additional services offered include: soil testing,
plant disease identification, and plant tissue analysis are also offered. On-farm
demonstrations for 2016 include soybean variety trials, rice, wheat,and grain sorghum
verification fields, a corn hybrid trial, and rice strip trials.
Photo: Combine harvesting rice
Weed & Brush Control Demonstration
It is much easier to clean out a fence row when the brush is dead rather than green
and thriving. A producer had trouble keeping her fence rows clean and asked “What
herbicides would help control brush and weeds in my fence rows?” In order to answer
her question, a herbicide demonstration was conducted. The fence row was treated
with herbicides as recommended in the MP44 - Recommended Chemicals for Weed & Brush Control publication available at the Lawrence County Extension office. The picture at left
was taken 55 days after the herbicide application. All that remained were some greenbrier
plants and cedars that were missed during the first application due to brush density.
This demonstration achieved approximately 90% control of the brush.
Photo: Fence row 55 days after being treated