Welcome To The
Lawrence County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture. Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Lawrence County Extension Office is at your service!
12th Annual 4-H Summer Day Camp 2017
The 12th annual 4-H Day Camp will be held at Lake Charles State Park on June 14th, 21st, and 28th. Camp starts at 10 AM each morning and will last until 3 PM. The cost is $30.00 and includes lunch, snacks, and supplies for all three days plus a t-shirt!
Registration deadline is June 1st and space is limited to the first 30 who register.
Come and join the fun!
Photo: 4-H Day Campers saying pledge
WHEP Program in Lawrence County
WHEP improves understanding of wildlife and habitat management, and has led some youth to pursue wildlife careers.
Are you interested in learning about wildlife? The 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) is a 4-H youth natural resource program dedicated to teaching wildlife management to Cloverbud, Junior and Senior level (ages 5 - 19) youth in Arkansas. Nationally, WHEP has earned a solid reputation for being a 4-H program that fosters relationships between youth, professional wildlife and fisheries biologists, agents, volunteers, parents, teachers, and farmers. Participants learn essential life skills such as oral and written communication and decision-making. Youth strengthen their self-concept and character through interaction with peers and professionals from Arkansas and different parts of the country.
The Lawrence County WHEP team will be practicing at the Lawrence County Extension office on March 21, April 3, 11, 18, and 25.
The State Contest is Friday, April 28 in Lonoke County. Our announced region this year is Mississippi Alluvial Plain. The alternate habitat for Wildlife ID is Urban. Come join Lawrence County 4H and learn about what's wild in Arkansas.
Photo: Black bear looking at camera.
Best Care Classes 2017
The Best Care training meets the professional development needs of Arkansas' early childhood professionals by providing 10 hours of verified face-to-face training annually through Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways (TAPP). The areas of emphasis include child development, health, nutrition, and resource management. A Best Care Training will be held at the campus of Williams Baptist College on Saturday, April 1st and Saturday, April 22nd 2017. Please contact the Lawrence County Extension Office at 870-886-3741 for more information or to register. Space is limited so register early.
Photo: Logo for Best Care Program
2016 Farm Family of the Year
Through coordination of the County Extension Office and Arkansas Farm Bureau, several organizations and individuals are brought together every year to determine a county farm family. Rickey and Virginia Goff of Smithville were chosen as the 2016 Lawrence County Farm Family of the Year. Virginia was raised on a livestock farm in Randolph County and Rickey was raised on a livestock farm in Lawrence County, and they both enjoyed working with livestock. They met in college, getting married in 1970. In 1974 bought their first farm of 108 acres and began raising feeder pigs and had a cow/calf operation. At the time they began farming both were teaching school. This enabled them to both do farm chores in the afternoons and during the summers. In 1984, Rickey began working with ASCS (now FSA); therefore Virginia and their sons Kevin and Keith took over more of the responsibilities and work pertaining to the farm.
Photo: Rickey & Virginia Goff with sons Kevin and Keith, daughter-in-law Tina and
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