Welcome To The
St. Francis 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 St. Francis County Extension Office is at your service!
St. Francis County 4-H and Youth Program
All youth, ages 5 to 19, are invited to enroll for 4-H membership. Adults are also welcome to take part in the 4-H experience by becoming certified 4-H Volunteer Leaders. Active 4-H clubs in St. Francis County include:Crowley's Ridge Horse Project Club, and Shooting Sports Club. If you do not see a club in your community, talk with our local agent about organizing a club in your area. Contact: Judy Sweet.
Photo: St. Francis County 4-H Leadership Team members help the Assisted Living homes plant flowers.
Family and Consumer Science Program
The Family and Consumer Science Program was initially founded as Home Economics. Today we study and apply the sciences that affect the way humans relate with their environment. We currently offer programs in health and wellness, aging, marriage, parenting, family life, family and consumer economics, nutrition, food safety, food preservation and leadership. For more information please contact Jason Ring.
Photo: The photo depicts students at the Forrest City High School learning Knife Skills taught by Jason Ring.
St. Francis County Master Gardener Program
St. Francis County's Master Gardener group was organized in 2004. Since its inception, eight Master Gardener community beautification projects have been established and maintained. The St. Francis County Master Gardener group is made up of 25 active Master Gardeners. Please contact Jason Ring for further information on becoming a St. Francis County Master Gardner.
Photos: St. Francis County Master Gardeners at work.
Top: Master Gardeners plant a Japanese Cedar at the northwest corner of the courthouse.
Bottom: Master Gardeners working on community project in front of the courthouse.
St. Francis County Livestock and Forage Program
The St. Francis County Extension Service offers numerous programs in the areas of Livestock and Forage production. Programs include: bangs vaccination, herd performance programs, artificial insemination, age and source verification, forage fertility demonstrations, forage herbicide demonstrations, forage quality testing, forage variety trials and more. For more information, please contact Cody Griffin.
Photo: Heifer calves being loaded into chute to be vaccinated for Brucellosis (Bangs).
St. Francis County Row-Crop Program
St. Francis County's main agriculture sector is row crops. Crops grown include: corn, cotton, milo, soybeans, winter wheat, and rice. The Extension office works hard to assist farmers in achieving their crops fullest potential. Programs include: variety trials, verification trials, herbicide and fertility trials, educational meetings, pesticide applicator training, soil sampling and much more. Please contact Cody Griffin for more information.
Photo: County agent assisting farmers planting the annual corn verification fields.