The Cooperative Extension Service offers a host of educational programs and services.
If you do not see what you are looking for below, please contact our county Extension
Office for assistance.
Craighead County Agriculture
Craighead County has over 350,000 acres of farmland that produces corn, wheat, soybeans,
cotton, rice, grain sorghum, and peanuts. The Craighead County Extension office provides
unbiased, research-based information and recommendations to producers and homeowners
free of charge. Services provided are soil testing, forage and water analysis, plant
and insect identification and disease diagnosis. Most services are free.
Agriculture programs include crop production meetings, variety testing, crop verification,
DD50 program, irrigation scheduling, Flag the Technology, and Pesticide Applicator
For more agriculture or horticulture information contact Branon Thiesse, CEA-Staff Chair or Chris Grimes CEA-Agriculture, at the Craighead County Extension
Photo: Craighead County cotton harvest.
Craighead County Family & Consumer Sciences
Arkansas Extension - Family and Consumer Sciences helps improve the quality of life
for Craighead County residents by offering community programs in food and nutrition,
health and aging, personal finance, marriage, parenting, and family life. Grant funding
from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is utilized to provide free
nutrition education to low resource families in Craighead County.
Interested learning more about Craighead County Family and Consumer Science Programs?
Contact Debra DeRossitte - CEA Family and Consumer Sciences, at the Craighead County Extension Office.
Photo: Craighead County cooking school.
Craighead County EFNEP Program
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle depends on important factors such as physical activity
and healthy eating. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) reaches
over 200 limited-resource families annually in Craighead County. Participants who
graduate make healthier food choices and better manage their food resources, reducing
For more information about the EFNEP program in Craighead County contact Kim Huffman, EFNEP Program Assistant, at the Craighead County Office.
Photo: Craighead County EFNEP class demonstration.
Craighead County Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested
in gardening to learn and serve their communities. In Craighead County, Master Gardeners
volunteer in 12 public garden projects, including the Arkansas State University Display
Garden on the campus of Arkansas State University and the Butterfly and Native Plant
gardens at the Crowley's Ridge Nature Center. Craighead County Master Gardeners contributed 11,450
volunteer hours worth $269,762 to beautify Craighead County.
Interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Craighead County? Contact Branon Thiesse, CEA-Staff Chair.
To apply for the Craighead County Master Gardener program, print and complete the
application , or to apply online, select this link.
Craighead County 4-H Youth Development Program
Mastery, Independence, Belonging and Life Skills are the major core in the Craighead
County 4-H Youth Program. 4-H is a national youth organization that focuses on building
a well rounded, confident, independent and courteous youth. 4-H has a fit for everyone.
With over 200 different project areas, a student can find virtually anything to fit
their ever growing and sometimes ever changing interests. Craighead County has multiple
clubs designed to fit every genre and interest of our counties youth. "Go Green ...
Join a 4-H Club Today!! Follow us on Facebook. For additional information contact
Maleigha Cook, CEA-4-H Youth Development.