Extension Educational Programs & Services
Hempstead 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, please contact our county Extension
Office for assistance.
Hempstead County has 783 farms with an estimated 203,678 acres in agriculture. Ranked
5 in the state in cattle production Hempstead County has a strong background in cow-calf
production. The Extension Office works hand in hand with the farming community to
offer programs that will fit the needs of producers. Hempstead County Cooperative
Extension Service provides information and advise in all areas of agriculture. This
- Livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses and poultry)
- Forages and Forage testing
- Row Crops
- Turf management
- Pest Management
- Soil Testing
- Home Gardens
To learn more about the agriculture programs Contact Agent Steven Sheets or call (870) 777-5771
Photo: 2012 Winter Annual demonstration held at Donald Hampton and Randy Hare farms
in the Oakhaven community showing the different winter annuals adapted to this area
and estimated production and quality.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE
Hempstead County's Family and Consumer Sciences program offers practical and reliable
research-based information on how to enhance quality of life. Programs are aimed at
making life healthier and safer for individuals in the areas of:
- Food, Nutrition and Food Safety
- Parenting, Marriage and Family Life
- Family Resource Management
- Extension Homemakers Clubs with 46 members. Each club meets monthly and shares educational program material
and works on community service and leadership projects.
Contact Terrie James, County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences- Staff Chair for educational opportunities to make
life better for Hempstead County residents.
Hempstead County Master Gardener Projects
The Hempstead County Master Gardener volunteer program gives individuals who are interested
in gardening the opportunity learn and serve their communities. Projects can include
maintaining flower beds at public places like Old Washington State Park and Piper's
Garden at the University of Arkansas Community College in Hope. To learn more about
our Master Gardener program contact Steven Sheets, County Extension Agent-Agriculture or call 870-777-5771.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
4-H is a fun and educational program where kids "learn by doing." It's a great opportunity
for youth to acquire knowledge and skills, and develop healthy lifestyles they can
use the rest of their lives. Growing the 4-H program is a top priority in here in
Hempstead County. 4-H in Hempstead County takes the form of community clubs, project
groups, in-school clubs and afterschool programs. There are over 150 Youth 4-H members
in the county. 4-H Membership is free, so come join us.
For more information about 4-H, contact Terrie James, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair. County Clubs and Leaders