Welcome To The

Stone 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 lives.  Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Stone County Extension Office is at your service!

Image of 2013 weed demonstration being conducted

Stone County Agriculture

Stone County Extension offered several educational programs for producers. For instance the Beef and Forage tour, Little Red River Beef Conference, Tri-County Forage Meeting, Beef & Forage Seminar, and Fall Forage Workshop. In 2013, two weed control demonstrations were done on bermudagrass renovations resulting in higher hay quality due to the control of crabgrass. After producers followed soil, fertilizer, seeding, and weed control recommendations, they had first cuttings of hay equaling 1200 square bales on 20 acres each. One of the producers sold all his hay for $4,800 ($4/bale) in a flooded hay market. Additional producers did a complete renovation totaling 180 acres of bermudagrass forage establishment. After attending the Fall Forage Meeting, four producers are incorporating forage brassicas into their operations to reduce hay usage.

Read more about Agricultural Services for Stone County.

Contact Preston Hipp for more information.

Photo: Stone County 2013 Weed Demonstration.

Stone County Strong Women and Men exercising

Stone County Family & Consumer Sciences

Strong Women and Men (SWM) Program is offered in Stone County to fight health and aging related diseases in older adults. In 2013, five classes were offered with 45 participants consisting of 66 sessions. In the past year, the SWM program has gone from 20 to 46 participants, which helps older adults in Stone County improve their quality of life. The 2013 participants saw improvement in their strength and flexibility. Most of the 2013 participants said that they look forward to coming to class each week. One open ended program evaluation said, "I have started to see changes in my strength, endurance, and flexibility. I have found that I can do things that I could not do before after just one, twelve-week class.”

Read More about Family and Consumer Science Programs for Stone County.

Contact Rachel Chaney for more information.

Photo:Stone County Strong Women and Men Program

Stone County 4-H Vet Science Club at Livestock and Forestry Research Station

Stone County 4-H

Vet Science Club members spent one day of their spring break at the Livestock Research Station in Batesville, AR to learn about bovine management procedures. Each 4-Her observed the proper way to administer a management technique and then demonstrated their knowledge gained by applying the technique individually. The techniques applied were: vaccination according to BQA guidelines, de-horning, deworming, blood samples, and cattle handling/safety techniques. 4-Hers have since demonstrated their skills by passing them
on to the public through speeches, display boards, fair projects, State O' Rama Livestock Skills team, and working with local Veterinarians.

Read More about 4-H in Stone County.

Contact Rachel Chaney or Mindy Clark for more information.

Photo: Vet Science Club at the Livestock Research Station in Batesville, AR

Landscaped project at Stone County Extension Office

Stone County Master Gardeners

The University of Arkansas Master Gardeners in Stone County help sponsor events that support youth gardening; plant therapy; work with hospitals and nursing homes; promote city beautification, and provide horticulture information.  Stone County Master Gardeners consists of 28 members with 1,765 volunteer hours for 2012 year valued at $37,947 to beautify various different areas of the county.

Read More about Master Gardener Program in Stone County. 

Contact Preston Hipp for more information.

Photo: One of Stone County Master Gardener's Projects