Commercial Agriculture is a vital part of Chicot County. The Chicot County Cooperative
Extension Service provides a wide variety of services and educational programs. Contact
the Chicot County Extension office at 870-265-8055 for more information about the
following programs and services.
Photo: Cotton pickers harvesting cotton
Family and Consumer Sciences
Chicot County ranks in the top five Arkansas counties for adults and children living
in poverty with 38% households below the poverty rate. In Arkansas, fewer that 25% of
adults and 5.2% of adolescents consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Contact
Chicot county office at 870-265-8055 for more information about the following programs.
Photo: Participants gain strength, flexibility and balance by participating in the
Medicine Ball Exercise Program.
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a program of the Cooperative
Extension Service of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Extension
and Research. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Cooperative
Extension Service fund the program.
Photo: Man and woman learning about how important fiber is to the body at EFNEP exhibit.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is to empower individuals,
families, and youth with limited resources acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and
behavior changes necessary to maintain nutritionally sound diets and enhance personal
EFNEP adults focus on educational programs to enhance the quality of the families'
diet. The adults are taught in small groups or individually by EFNEP program assistants
trained by Extension educators. The majority of participants complete the EFNEP curriculum
in less than 8 sessions.
The EFNEP youth program focuses on providing food and nutrition education to contribute
to personal development of youth from families with low income. The youth are taught
in summer or year-round enrichment programs conducted by EFNEP program assistants
Chicot County 4-H
Chicot County Extension Service serves over 50 county youth in projects such as bicycle,
pet care, health and nutrition as well as a variety of other activities and programs.
The Extension staff and 7 4-H volunteers support the 7 clubs and activities. To learn
more about any of these clubs or to become a 4-H volunteer contact the Chicot County
Extension Office at 870-265-8055 for more information.
Photo: 4-H O'Rama Fashion Fair competitor wins ribbon.
Master Gardeners of the Delta
The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in
gardening to learn and serve their communities by sponsoring projects that support
plant therapy work with hospitals and nursing homes, city beautification, and horticulture information.
Master Gardeners of the Delta is made up of these four counties: Chicot, Desha, Drew, and Ashley. Interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Chicot County? Contact us at
the Extension Office at 870-265-8055 for more information. Photo: Spring peach bloom