Extension Educational Programs & Services
Johnson 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.
4-H Youth Development
Spring is right around the corner and with that brings 4-H Poultry projects. Johnson County participates in the state 4-H Pullet Chain project. As a part of this project 4-Hers receive day old baby chicks they raise and return to the fair in August. Johnson County 4-H member Savannah L. made a short film about how to properly care for baby chicks to make sure 4-H members are ready for their new arrivals. For more information about Johnson County Poultry project call the Johnson County Extension Office at 479-754-2240.
4 -H encompasses everything from agriculture to technology if you are interested in learning more about what Johnson County 4-H has to offer please contact the Johnson County Extension Office at 479-754-2240.
4-H is the youth development program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H is for all youth between the ages of 5 and 19. As a 4-H member you learn new skills, do interesting things, make new friends and HAVE FUN!
4-H teaches citizenship, healthy lifestyles and 4-H science. Not to mention life skills that children will use throughout their lives. What can you do in 4-H? Well, how about conduct science experiments, camping, bicycling, horseback riding, photography, shooting sports and livestock projects to name just a few. You can also learn things like pet care, gardening, cooking and babysitting skills.
Johnson County 4-H members participate in the county garden project, county day camp, state 4-H camp, achievement program, fashion revue, performing arts contest, district and state horse shows, and other exciting trips and tours. 4-H members also participate in community service projects to help other people.
Adult volunteers and parents are also a vital part of the 4-H program. They work with the Extension staff to plan and teach projects to children using the "learn-by-doing" method.
There are nine clubs in Johnson County that meet at different times and locations.
- Horsing Around 4-H Club meets the Third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m at the Johnson County Extension Office.
- Little Mulberry 4-H Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at Oark School.
- Lucky Foot Rabbit 4-H Club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office.
- Teen Leaders 4-H Club meets the third Friday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office.
- Veterinary Science 4-H Club meets the secound Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office.
- Westside Rebels 4-H Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Coal Hill Community bldg. ( City Hall).
- Lamar 4-H Club meets the First Wednesday of each month @ 4:30 p.m. at the Lamar High School Agri Room.
- Johnson County Shooting Sports 4-H Club Meets every Saturday each month @ 3:30 p.m. Johnson County Extension Office, Call leader for updated locations. Gary Hogrefe: 479-264-7768.
- Lamar High School Adventure 4-H Club: In school club contact Megan Brown: 479-747-8396.
To learn more about how you can participate in this rewarding 4-H program in Johnson County, contact the Johnson County Extension office at 479-754-2240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Family and Consumer Sciences
Families are important to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
There are many educational opportunities dedicated to strengthening families, extending
resources and improving diet, nutrition and health of Johnson County families.
From family life questions to childcare provider training – from improving diet and health to getting out of debt-Family and Consumer Science has the answers! Let us help you put knowledge to work to improve your life. Please call the Johnson County Extension office at 479-754-2240.
Extension Homemakers in Johnson County
Extension Homemakers are valuable volunteers. There are four EH clubs in Johnson County. They meet monthly to learn about things that can help them improve the quality of life for their family and community. To learn how you can be a part of the Johnson County Extension Homemakers, contact the Johnson County Extension office 479-754-2240
Johnson County Extension Homemakers Clubs
- Coal Hill EH Club meets the secound Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. at the Coal Hill community center (City Hall)
- Hagarville EH Club meets the secound Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m.. at the Hagarville community center
- Oark EH Club meets on the secound Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the Oark Baptist Church
- Reruns EH Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office
The Best Care: Training for Childcare Providers
The Best Care program is a training program for childcare providers. The Best Care classes fulfill the annual state requirement for ten hours of instruction for licensed childcare providers. Training provided by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is verified training through the Arkansas Early Childhood Professional Development System.
Master Gardeners in Johnson County
The Master Gardeners are volunteers. They are people like you from all walks of life who have an interest in gardening, a willingness to learn and a desire to help others solve their gardening problems.
Master Gardeners are trained by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service faculty and must complete 40 hours of basic horticulture training. After training, you are a qualified to work under the supervision of the local county extension agent as a Master Gardener. You are required to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours during the year to your county Cooperative Extension Service Office. You have one year from the end of training to complete your 40 hours of service. To learn how you can be a part of the Johnson County Master Gardeners, contact the Johnson County Extension Office. 479-754-2240
Johnson County Agriculture
- Beef & Forage
- Pesticide Applicator Training
- Fruit Production
- Weed & Brush Control Programs
- Insect Control
- Arkansas Beef Improvement Program (ABIP)
- Home Horticulture
- Brucellosis Vaccinations on Farm
- Soil Testing & Fertilizer Recommendations
- Hay Testing for Nutrients
- Water Testing
- Manure Analysis
- Plant Disease Diagnosis
- Plant Identification
- Sprayer calibration
Johnson County Quick Facts from the Division of Agriculture
|Approximate Land Area||423,789 acres|
|Average Size of Farms||170 acres|
|Number of farms||694|
|Land in Farms||117,834 acres|
|Cropland harvested||33,117 acres|
Major Crops, Livestock & Timber
|Cattle & Calves||24,776||13,262|
|Hogs & Pigs||10,566||42,439|
|Layers 20 weeks & Older||255,849|
|Timber Removed||201,438 Tons|