4-H and Youth Development cultivates important life skills in youth that build character and assist them in making appropriate life and career choices. At-risk youth participate in school retention and enrichment programs. Youth learn science, math, social skills, and much more, through hands-on projects and activities.
About the Cooperative Extension Service
Extension agents and specialists have worked to improve the lives of Arkansans since 1905. We are part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and are located in all 75 counties.
Our mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices.
Check out our short video below and learn how our agents work every day to improve the lives of Arkansans. Get to know YOUR county agent today!
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Extension educational programs touch all segments of our society and address a wide range of needs in both urban and rural areas.
Extension works in four major educational areas:
Agriculture and Natural Resources' research and educational programs help individuals learn new ways to produce income through alternative enterprises, improved marketing strategies, and management skills and help farmers and ranchers improve productivity through resource management, controlling crop pests, soil testing, livestock production practices, and marketing. We teach homeowners how to use natural resources wisely and protect the environment with educational programs in water quality, timber management, composting, lawn management, and recycling.
Community and Economic Development assists communities and regions to improve economic viability and sustainability and create a better quality of life and place. We help citizens and leaders understand public issues and develop their expertise to address critical challenges facing Arkansas. We provide education and technical assistance to help entrepreneurs and business compete in an evolving economy.
Family and Consumer Sciences helps families become resilient and healthy by teaching nutrition, food preparation skills, positive child care, family communication, financial management, and health care strategies.
We offer food safety classes, continuing education classes for childcare providers, and we have agents in all counties of the state who offer cooking courses and financial management resources.
You will find us among Arkansas' 33 million acres of crops, livestock and natural resources. You will find us in conference centers and public schools, community centers and courthouses, in the classroom and in the lab. That is why "Arkansas is Our Campus".