Welcome to the
Hempstead 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 Hempstead County Extension Office is at your service!
WHERE TO FIND US
We are located in Hope AR at 400 S. Washington Street. This is the location of the Hempstead County Courthouse. We are housed on the first floor in Suite 105. Telephone: 870-777-5771
May Planting Guide
Edamame, Pumpkins, Tomatoes, Squash (Summer), Southern Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Peppers, Okra, Eggplants, Cucumbers, Watermelons, Cantaloupe, Beans (Snap, Lima), Collards, and Radish
2017 Master Gardeners Calendar To-Do List for May
Continue planting warm season vegetables. Heat lovers can now be planted including okra, sweet potatoes, and southern peas. Vegetable harvest has begun with cool season crops. Move houseplants outdoors, gradually exposing them to sunlight. Prune spring blooming shrubs after bloom. Fertilize once a year. Cut foliage off your spring bulbs six weeks after bloom. Prevent bagworms on evergreens with weekly sprays of Bt or Sevin from mid May to mid June.
Hempstead County Farmer's Market
The farmers market open every Tuesday morning in Hope AR for this summer season. There will be Tastings provided by various vendors, restaurants, County Extension Service, EHC Clubs and Master Gardeners. Recipes will be available at the tastings tent. Stop by the market, try it and pick up your recipe! Remember shop local!
MEET OUR STAFF
EFNEP - EXPANDED FOOD AND NUTRITION EDUCATION PROGRAM
Ruth E. Cook (right) and Nakya Griffin (left),
EFNEP Program Assistants
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle depends on important factors such as physical activity and healthy eating. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) reaches over 100 limited-resource families in Hempstead County. Participants who graduate make healthier food choices and better manage their food resources, reducing food insecurity. For more information about the EFNEP Program in Hempstead County contact the Hempstead County Cooperative Extension Service. Call or email 870-777-5771 or email@example.com.
Hempstead County Agriculture
Hempstead County has 783 farms with an estimated 61,211 cattle and calves. Ranked
5 in the state in cattle production Hempstead County has a strong background in cow-calf
production. The Extension Office works hand in hand with the farming community to
offer programs that will fit the needs of the cattle producers. The picture above
was during the 2012 Winter Annual demonstration held at Donald Hampton and Randy Hare
farms in the Oakhaven community. Participants learned about the different winter annuals
adapted to this area and estimated production and quality.
To learn more about the agriculture programs in Hempstead County you can call or email Steven Sheets (pictured at left) at 870-777-5771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and also join our mailing list!
Family and Consumer Science
Extension Homemakers Clubs in the county are very active with educational learning programs, volunteering many hours at a cost value of $97,440 and constructing many cancer turbans, cancer pillows, teaching dolls, blankets, caps and Christmas Stockings to donate to local cancer patients, Arkansas Children's Hospital, UAMS Hospital and local hospitals for community service hospitals.
One hundred and twenty-three child care providers completed ten hours of training
with 90% of them indicated that they adopted one or more of the skills and utilized
them in their child care centers. Family Life programs included Parenting Journey,
Personal Journey, Marriage Journey and Newlywed Smart packets.
For more information call or email Terrie James (pictured at left) at 870-777-5771 or email@example.com.
Hempstead County Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in gardening to learn and serve their communities. Interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Hempstead County? Contact Steven Sheets, CEA-Agriculture at the Hempstead County Office, the phone number is 870-777-5771.