Welcome To The
Columbia 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 Columbia County Extension Office is at your service!
Ouachita Area Master Gardener Training
Each year Calhoun, Columbia, Dallas, Ouachita and Union County Ag Agents work together to conduct the Ouachita Area Master Gardener Training. Classes are conducted in February and March.
Columbia County Master Gardeners
The 2015 4-H Master Gardening Contest was held in July. The winners are:
Micah and Myla W. tied for 1st place, pictured with Bob Cook and Danny Walker:
Trestson J. won 2nd place :
4-H -- Making the Best Better
4-H is the youth development program conducted by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H members range from 5-19 years and can select from 82 different project areas. Through non-formal, science-based, experiential education activities, 4-H participants gain knowledge and enhance life skills enabling them to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate members of society. 4-H is an exciting program where you get to "learn by doing". 4-H is about having fun as you are learning, exploring and discovering new things. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities.
Photo: Active, contributive county youth-leaders enjoy the benefits of membership through trip scholarships on sponsored 4-H trips.
Family and Consumer Sciences
The Columbia County Family and Consumer Sciences program offers research -based information through non formal education to help improve and transform the lives of the county residents. The topics include:
- Family Life
- Family Resource Management
- Food and Nutrition
with special emphasis on the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP).
We are committed to deliver programs in these areas to improve your families economic well being and the quality of their lives.
Photo: Our FCS Agent regularly works with local health fairs.