Welcome To The
Saline 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 lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Arkansas County Extension Office is at your service.
Spring in Saline County
Well Saline Co., Spring is finally here! The daffodils are blooming and the trees are putting on new green leaves. If you haven't brought us a soil sample yet, now is the time for sure. We want you to have your best veggie garden and flower beds and that's the 1st step! Speaking of vegetable gardens - canning season will be upon us fast! Having your pressure cooker/canner checked is always best - safety is #1 - so give us a call or bring it by!
Photo: Think Spring clipart.
Saline County EHC Program
The Saline County Extension Homemakers participated in the Ouachita District President's Day training held in Hope at the University Of Arkansas Community College. There was a total of twenty five counties participating! Members learned how to quickly refresh with Yoga poises that will allow them to continue being “Wonder Women” making great changes in our county. The ladies had a silent auction to raise funds for the District Director’s travel, and for fun they learned how to Origami fold Lotus Blossoms!
Photo: Members pictured are left to right:(seated) Beulah Wright, Patsy Wagner, Virginia McClure. 2nd Row: Beverly Garrett, Agent Kris Boulton, Kay Bumgardner, County President Doris Whitaker, Ouachita Associate Director Peggy Smith and Shelly Acker.
Saline County 4-H: Making the Best Better
Saline County's 4-H program is for all youth between the ages of 5 and 19. We have
a variety of community and special interest clubs with something for everyone. Member
projects range from Health and Wellness to Crop and Seed Identification to Backyard
Poultry. We have a strong emphasis on ATV safety and often conduct courses to teach
hands-on riding safety to children. The goal of the Saline County Extension Service
is to offer the opportunity to each eligible youth to become involved in the 4-H Youth
Photo: 4-H members honored past Veterans by placing American flags on their graves at the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Agriculture: Working with Producers of All Ages
Saline County producers are searching for crop alternatives to hay and pasture. An eleven-year-old Saline County resident, interested in getting a start in farming, wanted to find a crop she could grow on her grandfather's land. Specialty crops frequently require expertise in new production, management, and marketing skills.
With the knowledge and instruction from the Saline County Extension Service staff along with the help and encouragement from her grandfather, she learned to overcome drought, johnsongrass, and insects to produce a viable crop of pumpkins and take that crop to market. She was so excited with the results that she put back part of her profit for the next year’s crop production expenses.
The Saline County Extension Service has many services and educational tools to offer producers of all ages, as well as, homeowners. For more information contact Ron Matlock.
Photo: Young producer brings pumpkin crop to market
Master Gardeners: Beautifying the County
The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in gardening to learn and serve their communities.
For 22 years, the Saline County Master Gardeners have cared for the flower beds in front of the Gann Museum. The museum is an architectural landmark being the only known building in existence that is constructed out of bauxite. Built in 1893 as the office of Dr. Jewell Gann Sr., the museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Master Gardeners feel a connection to Saline County’s past through this long tenured project to beautify the grounds in front of the building.
In addition to beautification projects, the Saline County Master Gardeners sponsor a wide range of educational programs, seminars, plant sales, and other activities. For more information contact Ron Matlock.
Photo: Master Gardener's beautification project at the Gann Museum
Saline County Family and Consumer Sciences
Saline County Extension Service is dedicated to meeting the community education needs of its residents with a variety of relevant programs such as Best Care, Guiding Children Successfully, Senior Nutrition and Food Safety. Kris Elliott works closely with the county residents to increase knowledge of health and wellness.
For additional information contact, contact Kris Boulton.
Photo: County Agent Kris Elliott teaches how to safely hot bath and pressure can produce safely for home use.