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Independence County Extension Programs

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. We will keep you up-to-date on things happening around the county each month. 


Three women training with medicine balls during a Get Fit session

Extension Get Fit

The Extension Get Fit program (formerly known as Strong Women) is a program designed to:

  • Improve strength, balance and flexibility 
  • Reduce the risk of falls
  • Help maintain independence 
  • Increase energy
  • Help manage your weight 
  • Decrease pain
  • Help you feel better

This fitness class meets twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Each class includes a warm up, strength training exercises, cool down stretches and a balance exercise. Our program provides a supportive group environment and is appropriate for most fitness levels. 

For more information, contact your local county extension office. Come join in on the fun!

Photo: Fitness class in session 



Independence County MG Plant Sale

Independence County Master Gardeners

The mission of the Master Gardener program is to provide community service garden projects, educate others about gardening in Arkansas and beautify the state.

The Master Gardeners meet on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Independence County Extension Office Conference Room. To learn how to become a Master Gardener, call the Extension Office at (870) 793-8840. 

Master Gardener Officers 2016

President- Sue Kibbe 

Vice President- Charlene Morrison

2nd Vice President- Gayla Griffin

Secretary- Cathy Shonk

Treasurer- Rita Clark 

Photo: Master Gardener plant sale.



Independence County 4-Her's outside on the Capitol steps 4-Her's in the Old Supreme Court Chamber with State Representative James Sturch

Independence County 4-H 

Day at the Capitol 

Governor Asa Hutchinson, a former 4-H member, kicked off the event at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol rotunda. Speaker of the House Jeremy Gilliam, Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, Senator Bruce Maloch, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Arkansas Land Commissioner John Thurston were scheduled to follow.

4-H members had the opportunity to visit both the State Senate and House of Representatives chambers, as well as other offices in the Capitol.

Independence County brought 7 4-H’ers and was able to visit with State Representative James Sturch while he gave our 4-H’ers a tour of the Capital grounds and the Old Supreme Court Chamber. “It was a very good day for our youth to see how our government works and know they have the chance to make a difference in their future” say Linda Latus, Independence County 4-H Program Assistant.

For more information or to get involved in the 4-H program, call the Independence County Extension Office.