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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Pope 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.


ABIP Workshop

Agriculture Workshops

Answers to questions and assistance are sought daily by Pope County farmers, ranchers, gardeners, and homeowners.  Many producers take advantage of the various workshops, training opportunities, and conferences offered by our office so they can stay up-to-date on the ever changing agriculture industry.  While some may only need to renew a private pesticide applicator license at our annual Pesticide Applicator Training classes, others participate in workshops such as our Winter Feeding Workshops and Row Crop Production Meetings.  Many of these meetings allow for one-on-one discussion with fellow producers, state commodity specialists, and county extension agents.  For more information on Agriculture services and programs offered in Pope County, contact the Pope County Extension Office.

Photo: Arkansas Beef Herd Improvement Workshop (ABIP) participants listen intently to John Jennings during the forage session of the four-part workshop


Master Gardener and U of A Logo

Pope County Master Gardeners

Pope County Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who serve the county through horticultural beautification, conservation, and education. The program relies on dedicated volunteers who have an interest in gardening and serving their communities. 

The “Master Gardener” title applies to one who has successfully completed a 40-hour training class and is actively pursuing (40) project hours and (20) learning hours as part of their volunteer commitment the first year. To maintain the designation of “Master Gardener” in subsequent years, an individual must acquire (20) project hours and (20) learning hours per year.

For more information check out the Pope County Master Gardeners Facebook page!


youth learning about digestion inside simulated mouth

Arkansas Farm To You

Russellville Elementary students learned about where food comes from and how their bodies digest it.

Third and fourth grade students visited the Farm to You interactive exhibit Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving. They learned about where their food comes from and how it is processed and marketed. As part of this, they learn about the different foods grown in Arkansas.

The exhibit also teaches the students how to make a healthy plate. In the walk through of the human body, youth learn how food moves through the body and that physical activity and personal hygiene are important for good health.

For more information on this program, please contact the Pope County Extension Office.

Photo: Youth learning about digestion that takes place inside the mouth.

 Green 4-H Clover

Pope County 4-H - A Parents View

Below is an article written by a 4-H mother. The Pope County 4-H program is open to all eligible persons from 5-19 years of age regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

As a 21st century parent of a Generation Z child I often find myself challenged to find a healthy balance for my child. We live in a fast paced, Google culture that has its many benefits but ever growing distractions. For example I read an article of penmanship being a dying art. Then there are the debates of texting having adverse effects on one’s ability to communicate in other ways. Not to mention my generation’s battle of TV time. If my daughter wants to compete at our county fair she knows she must get up from the TV or computer and take care of her livestock projects. She makes a choice and as a parent I believe it’s a better choice. Taking care of her livestock projects teaches responsibility, management skills, and selflessness. Showing her livestock teaches her confidence and showmanship skills. Her activities go beyond livestock projects which include O-Rama and Skill-a-Thon competitions. She has to research and study in advance. Sometimes this involves creating and presenting demonstrations, talks, and speeches. Today’s technology greatly assists in the research aspect, but she’s had to learn how to effectively communicate her findings. In clubs, she has taken on leadership roles and her 4-H clubs participate in service projects. 4-H’s purpose is to teach life skills to the generations thus enable them to become self-directing, contributing, and productive members of society. This is achieved through various avenues within the 4-H organization. Living in a culture where our kids have vast electronic distractions I’m thankful we have 4-H, it helps this mom feel balanced.

Shelli Johnson

To learn more about  4-H contact the Pope County Extension Office.

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