Extension Educational Programs & Services
Drew County, Arkansas
The Cooperative Extension Service offers a host of educational programs and services.
If you do not see what you are looking for below, check out our Drew County Homepage
or contact our Drew County Extension Office for assistance at 870-460-6270.
Feel free to stop by our offices for a visit. We are located on the ground floor
/ basement of the Drew County Courthouse at 210 South Main Street, Monticello, AR
71655. Our office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.
We also sponsor after hours clubs and other activities in the Drew County Courthouse
Club Room located across the hall from us. You can also email us individually at the
addresses listed below each Program. Thank you for your interest in the University
of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Drew County Cooperative Extension Office.
Master Gardeners of the Delta
The Master Gardeners of the Delta group consists of gardeners from Ashley, Bradley,
Chicot, Desha, and Drew counties. This successful program is conducted by the University
of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. The program began
in 1972 in Washington State and has since encompassed the entire nation with Arkansas
joining ranks in 1988.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Master Gardeners of the Delta including
when the next training classes will be held, please contact our office at 870-460-6270
or email email@example.com
The link below provides additional resources for those interested in the statewide program.
Arkansas Master Gardener Program
Photo: Master Gardener
Agriculture Programs and Services Available in Drew County
Agriculture is a vital part of the local economy, and it is a way of life for generations
of families in the county. Our goal is to assist farmers and ranchers with researched-based
information to improve profitability. Working toward that goal, we provide numerous
services such as soil testing, hay nutrient analysis, feed ration analysis, sprayer
calibration, and more.
Demonstrations are often conducted on individual farms to determine what practice
will work best in each situation. From improving livestock forages to selecting the
best corn hybrid, we strive to provide our clientele with the latest information to
make sound decisions.
We have a myriad of publications available dealing with specific crops and issues.
Widely used publications such as the MP-144 "Insecticide Recommendations for Arkansas" have been mainstays on farmers and ranchers
truck dashes for years. Currently there are 1,595 publications available through our
office and website. Many are updated periodically as technology improves, while others
are developed as a new issue arises.
There will be a PAT training on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at 10:00 PM at the Alice-Sidney
Elevator in Jerome, AR. If you have been notified that it is time for recertification,
now is the time to attend training locally.
Photo: Drew County, Arkansas Cattle
Arkansas Agricultural Updates
Select each publication you would like to view and print if desired. If you would
like us to mail you a hard copy of any of these publications or if you need further
data about a particular variety, please contact our office. To view the soil fertility
study, follow the link to the Division of Agriculture Communications page and select
the portion of the PDF you would like to view. The updates include data gathered from
crop performance trials. The quick facts include major points of interests for each
crop including growth stages, seeding rates, plant stands, fertilization, irrigation,
diseases, insects, and weed control.
2017 Wheat Quick Facts Sheet
September 2016 Arkansas Wheat Newsletter
Arkansas Soybean Quick Facts 2015
Arkansas Rice Quick Facts 2015
Arkansas Grain Sorghum Quick Facts 2015
Arkansas Corn Quick Facts 2015
Photo: Drew County, Arkansas Field Crops
University of Agriculture Publications
Select each publication you would like to view and print if desired. If you would
like us to mail you a hard copy of any of these publications, please contact our office.
Biology, Identification and Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila
Grain Sorghum Insect Control
Year-Round Home Garden Planting Guide
Drew County Family and Consumer Sciences Programs
The FCS program entails a wide array of programming efforts aimed to improve the quality
of life for all ages. Programs vary from health issues to money management to improving
Special efforts are made to address issues relevant to the needs of county residents.
Whether diabetes education, retirement planning, or early childhood education, Extension's
resources and expertise meets people where they live.
Popular programs include:
- Eat Smart, Live Strong
- Financial Management
- Food Safety
- Health and Aging
- Healthy Snacks
- Living Well with Diabetes
- Marriage Garden
- Marriage, Parenting, and Family Life
- My Plate
- ReNew You: Health for Every Body
- Reshape Yourself
- Small Steps to Health & Wealth
- Strong Women, Strong Men
Eat Smart, Live Strong classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00-3:00 PM
at Annswood Apartments for Senior Living. For more information, contact our office
at 870-460-6270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about exercise and nutrition for youth and adults, healthy
living, or any of the programs listed, please contact our office at 870-460-6270.
Photo: Family and Consumer Sciences
Drew County EHC Club Meeting Dates and Times
- EHC Night Owls meets the 2ND MONDAY at 6:30 PM.
- EHC Sewing Club meets the 1ST TUESDAY at 6:00 PM in the Club Room of the Drew County
- EHC Ebony Club meets the 2ND TUESDAY at 5:15 PM.
- EHC Scrapbookers 101 Club meets the 3RD TUESDAY at 5:00 PM.
- EHC Southside Club meets the 2ND THURSDAY at 11:00 AM at the Western Sizzlin' located
at 436 US HWY 425 N in Monticello.
- EHC Town & County Quilters meets the 2ND THURSDAY at 5:30 PM in the Club Room of
the Drew County Courthouse. Please enter the building after hours from the left side
door or the handicap entrance in the rear of the building.
- EHC Cooking Club meets the 4TH THURSDAY at 7:00 PM in the Club Room of the Drew County
- EHC Enon Club meets the 3RD THURSDAY at 6:00 PM.
- EHC Valley meets the 3RD SATURDAY at 1:00 PM.
- Advantages EHC Club meets the 2ND TUESDAY at 9:30 AM at Advantages on 168 W College
Ave. in Monticello.
For more information about our local Extension Homemaker Clubs including each club's
monthly meeting locations, please contact our office at 870-460-6270 or email email@example.com
The link below provides additional resources for those interested in the statewide
The 75th Annual Drew County Fair will be held from September 15 through September
22, 2018. This year's theme is Rockin' Good Times. The fair kicks off on Saturday
with the Pageants and Talent Shows. Home Economics, Horticultural and Field Crop exhibits
can be checked-in on Monday, September 17th from 1-6 pm. The Fair parade will be held
on on Tuesday, September 18th at 5 pm. The Extension Homemaker's Building will open
that night and the rides will begin. There will also be a Gospel Night held on Wednesday,
September 19th at 7 pm, with free admission. For other info concerning the 2018 Drew
County Fair, please contact our office at 870-460-6270.
Photo: Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council
Healthy Tasting Cooking Classes
Classes sponsored by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
The 2018 Summer Sessions will be held in the Drew County Courthouse Club Room every
Thursday in June from noon to 1:00 PM.
Participants will learn how to prepare healthy nutritious meals on a budget with little
preparation and cooking time. During each class, the Drew County EFNEP Program Assistant
will provide participants with step-by-step instructions for each meal, offer everyone
a free sample of the prepared meal, and present EFNEP lessons regarding the health
benefits of the meal, how to shop wisely for groceries, and exercise. Topics of the
EFNEP lessons include:
Plan, Shop, $ave
Fruits & Veggies: Half Your Plate
Make Half Your Grains Whole
Build Strong Bones
Go Lean with Protein
Make a Change
Celebrate! Eat Smart & Be Active
When EFNEP participants complete the individualized lesson program or the healthy
tasting cooking class series, they receive a free cookbook and a free coupon organizer.
These participants also receive free cooking utensils including a produce brush, food
thermometer, measuring spoon and a set of measuring cups.
If you are interested in attending a healthy tasting cooking class series or if you
would like to meet with our EFNEP Program Assistant for individualized lessons, please
contact our office at 870-460-6270.
Photo: Drew County EFNEP Healthy Tasting Cooking Class
Medicine Ball Exercise Program
The Drew County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent conducts an ongoing free exercise
program using medicine balls that range in weight from two to ten pounds. The balls
are simply a tool to provide weight and resistance. Strength training with this method
increases muscle mass, improves bone density, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, diabetes,
heart disease, arthritis, depression and obesity. It also improves sleep and self-confidence.
The participants that completed the last 12-week Medicine Ball Training increased
their flexibility, endurance, strength, and lost weight based on the results of their
These classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 PM at the Boys and
Girls Club gym at City Park. For more information, contact our office at 870-460-6270
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Drew County Medicine Ball Exercise Class
Drew County 4-H Clubs
4-H is the youth development program conducted by the University of Arkansas Division
of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. Members can select from some 82 project
areas ranging from automotive to clothing to space camp.
Adult leaders teach youth subject matter by the "learn-by-doing" method. 4-H teaches
leadership, citizenship, and other life skills that are useful throughout life. Each
year, Arkansas 4-H youth, receive more than $80,000 in scholarships on the state level
for their outstanding 4-H work.
The mission of 4-H is to provide opportunities to acquire knowledge, develop life
skills, form attitudes, and practice behavior that will enable them to become self-directing,
productive and contributing members of society.
Announcing the 2018 Drew County 4-H Clubs
- 4-H Horse Club meets the 2ND MONDAY at 6:00 PM at various locations.
- 4-H Horse Clinic meets the 2ND SATURDAY at 10 AM at the Rocking Horse Ranch on Old
Florence Rd. in Monticello.
- 4-H Sewing Club meets the 1ST TUESDAY at 6:00 PM in the Club Room of the Drew County
Courthouse. Please enter the building after hours from the left side door or the handicap
entrance in the rear of the building.
- 4-H Koinonia Home School meets the 2ND THURSDAY at 4:30 PM at the Living Word Fellowship
Church located at 181 US HWY 425 S in Monticello.
- 4-H Kennedy Clover Buds meet the 3RD WEDNESDAY at 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
of the Kennedy Church of Christ located at 459 Kennedy Blvd in Monticello.
- 4-H Shooting Sports Club meets in Rock Springs at various times.
- 4-H Vet Science Club meets at various times and locations, contact the local Extension
Office for details.
- 4-H Catholic Coders meets 1ST, 2ND and 3RD Sunday at 11:00 AM at St. Mark's Church in Monticello.
WHEP meets every THURSDAY at 4:30 PM at the Living Word Fellowship Church located
at 181 US HWY 425 S in Monticello, AR.
October is National 4-H Month. 4-H members are encouraged to reach out and recruit
peers. 4-H focuses on leadership skills. Drew County will be hosting its 4-H Kickoff
on Saturday, September 8th, 2018. See the link for more details. 4-H Kickoff
For more information about our local 4-H clubs and WHEP, please contact our office
at 870-460-6270 or email email@example.com
Photo: 4-H Clover
The Best Care Training for Early Childhood Professionals
If you are an early childhood professional, foster parent, or early childhood educator
and want to learn more about caring for young children, you may be interested in The
Best Care. Sometimes it is difficult to find appropriate classes that are close to
home and affordable. The University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, in partnership
with the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Association, is offering training
for early childhood professionals. Classes are offered free of charge and is verified training
through the Traveling Arkansas’ Professional Pathways (TAPP) and supports the Better
The Drew County Cooperative Extension Service has been providing a free set of classes
for early childhood professionals and others interested in learning more about young
children. The most recent classes were held January - February 2015. Ten hours of
lessons were provided in a classroom setting on topics such as More Money in Your
Pocket: Making the Most of Tax Credits, Making the Most of Your Health Care Dollar,
Best Nutrition Practices for Healthy Kids, Arkansas Nutrition Myth Busters, Outdoor
Learning Environments, Infant Care in Early Childhood, Your Blueprint for Happiness,
Infectious Diseases in Early Childhood and Health Care: Private Option.
Drew County Extension conducted a 10 hour on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 8:00
AM to 6:00 PM in the UAM Agriculture Building. 5 TAP hours were available through
this training. For more information about The Best Care classes for early childhood professionals, contact the Drew County Extension Office
at 870-460-6270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: The Best Care
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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