Welcome To The
Madison 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 Madison County Extension Office is at your service!
Agriculture Program Helping Producers Manage Resources
Producers in Madison County face management and production limitations on a daily basis. Clientele continue to look to the Madison County Extension Service to provide educational opportunities for producers and landowners of all commodities for activities and events with the goal of making their operations more efficient, productive and sustainable.
Madison County agriculture producers have the opportunity to attend numerous short courses, workshops, clinics and conferences that are aimed at making their operations more sustainable and competitive in the marketplace. During the program year, annually over 1,300 interested producers and landowners take advantage of the programs that the Madison County Extension Service provides.
Photo: Producers attending forage production meeting.
SNAP-ed Making a Difference in Local Homes
The Madison County Extension Service's SNAP-ed program partners with Huntsville, St. Paul and Kingston elementary schools to teach nutritional and physical activity to all the youth enrolled at the schools. The lessons focus on eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat / fat free dairy products, as well as, being more physically active. To enhance this educational effort monthly newsletters and quarterly educational magazines are sent home to parents.
Eighty-six percent of parents reported that their children talked to them about choosing healthier snacks. Almost half of the families, forty-five percent, reported that they have made changes in their family's eating habits and have become more physically active due to the educational programming that the Madison County Extension Service provided.
Photo: SNAP-ed educational display.
Family and Consumer Sciences Working to Improve Health and Wellness
Madison county ranks in the bottom half of counties for overall health factors. Thirty percent of residents are obese and are physically inactive according to county health rankings. The concern of of these conditions prompted the Madison County Extension Service to provide educational programming to address these very important issues facing our residents.
Multiple approaches were implemented to respond to these wellness issues. The Extension Service utilizes volunteers to conduct Strong Women and Men exercise classes. There are walking programs that clientele can take advantage of, as well as, Smart Steps to Health and Wealth programming. With a focus on good nutritional choices and physical activity the Madison County Extension Service works to help make Madison County a healthier place to call home.
Photo: Health & Wellness seminar participants
4-H & Youth Development Empowering Youth Through Opportunity
There are a limited number of educational opportunities outside of the public school setting in Madison County. Through the Madison County 4-H program, youth are given the opportunity to explore many different avenues where they can develop numerous life skills.
The Madison County 4-H program conducts school enrichment programs that range from embryology to healthy living choices to natural resource conservation. There are workshops designed to teach youth to make it themselves and save, sewing, wood science, entomology, animal production, leadership development and citizenship. The 4-H program also offers youth the opportunity to engage in community service projects, state and national leadership conferences and take on a counselor role for younger youth at various activities. Through these events and activities that are provided by the Madison County 4-H program, youth are exposed to situations that help them develop and grow into productive members of society.
Photo: City officials and 4-H members celebrating October's National 4-H Month.