Welcome To The
Yell 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, our Yell County Extension Office is at your service!
The Yell County agriculture industry is very diverse with forestry and lumber, poultry production and processing, row crops and livestock production on 930 square miles of land. The Yell County Extension Service has information and programming tailored to the needs of agricultural producers here. From soil and forage testing to classes in vegetable gardening, livestock, and forage production; your Extension office has something to offer everyone.
Photo: Yell County Brassica Demonstration 2013
Yell County Extension Service offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of residents in the area of Community and Economic Development. Our mission is to strengthen Arkansas communities, regions and businesses through research-based education. To accomplish this, we teach youth and adult entrepreneurs how to take advantage of untapped market opportunities and enhance their competitive edge based on the latest research findings and technology. We help communities and regions build local capacity to improve social and economic well-being and sustainability. We help identify and train active and effective youth and adult leaders for community, county and statewide leadership roles and to strengthen existing boards and organizations. We provide timely, credible, unbiased and research-based information and education about public issues and increase citizen engagement. Visit our state community and economic development page to see a description of programs available.
Photo: Participants in Small Business Class 2012
Family & Consumer Science
Yell Co ranks 42 out of the 75 counties in Arkansas in overall health. Many unhealthy
lifestyle practices exist, including obesity, physical inactivity, and smoking. Multiple
educational approaches were used to respond to these county issues. Multi-sessions
of balance and stretching programs were conducted with our younger age groups in preschool.
lessons to improve child care were offered to child care providers. A day long event for high school senior on preparation for real life was
conducted. Summer program on healthier lifestyles were conducted
with 4-H youth.
Photo: Area elementary students learn about proper handwashing with Germ City.
4-H & Youth Development
The Yell County 4-H conducts the public speaking program Speak Up Speak Out with students in the 7th and 8th grade. These students are taught how to research a subject, the parts of a speech, and how to conduct a speech correctly. Area schools and 4-H work together to bring this program to the students each year. Teachers are trained on the curriculum and how to conduct a competition in each school to select the schools representatives. These school representatives come together for a county wide competition. Individual's abilities are recognized along with the group effects of the school team.
Photo: Yell County 4-H Members learning to cook at a 4-H Workshop 2013