Welcome To The
Independence 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 Independence County Extension Office is at your service!
Independence County Agricultural Programs
Out of the 488,000 total acres in Independence County, 58% is farmland and 40% is timber or woodlands. Of the farmland, 75% is in hay or pasture and 25% is in field crops including soybeans, wheat, corn, and rice. Beef cattle and poultry are the main livestock enterprises in the county. The Independence County Extension Office offers educational programs in many areas including forages, beef, field crops, timber, horticulture and Master Gardeners.
Producers in the county asked for information on bermudagrass varieties. Livestock and Forestry Experiment Station donated the use of land for the test. We put in six bermudagrass varieties in the non-irrigated test, consisting of two common varieties and four hybrid varieties.
The four-year average yield for each variety in tons per acre was 'Tifton 44' - 5.34; 'Vaughn's #1' - 5.08; 'Midland 99' - 5.03; 'Ozark' - 4.75; 'World Feeder' - 3.63, 'Cheyenne' - 4.00.
Photo: Bermudagrass Variety Demonstration
Independence County Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Science programs, such as Strong Women; Healthy Cooking classes; Small Steps to Health and Wealth; Best Care; and Guiding Children, successfully engage community members to help them better their lives and the lives of their family members.
The Get Real, Here's the Deal program is a good example. This program is a hands-on simulation that gives young people the opportunity to experience their future in a financial decision-making mode. Youth are encouraged to make wise financial lifestyle choices similar to those that adults face each month. As youth move from station to station they make decisions based on their family size and affordability.
With a focus on check writing, managing a monthly budget, starting a savings fund and more, participants are empowered to make wise, informed decisions regarding their future. Independence County Extension Service is committed to meeting the needs of its nearly 37,000 residents with a variety of relevant programs.
Photo: A student at Batesville Junior High learns about checking and savings accounts during Get Real, Here's the Deal
Independence County 4-H Program
4-H is the youth development program of the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H members range in age from 5-19 years and can select from 82 project areas. 4-H is a fun and educational program where kids "learn by doing." It's a great opportunity for youth to acquire knowledge and skills. 4-H clubs are made up of adult volunteers working with a group of young people who want to learn new things, meet new people and have a good time along the way!
Community service is an integral part of 4-H. Our 4-H'ers helped plan and conduct our "One Day of Service." 4-H'ers gathered personal hygiene items, bedding and other needed items which were distributed to a local children's home.
In Independence County, we have 17 organized clubs with 319 members and 185 volunteer leaders. Last year we had 20 special interest and school enrichment programs with 4088 youth involved.
Photo: Sulphur Rock Elementary students participating in 4-H: Yoga for Kids