Craighead County 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 Craighead County Extension Office is at your service!

4-H: A Place for Everyone!

Mastery, Independence, Belonging and Life Skills are the major cores in the 4-H youth program. 4-H is a national youth organization that focuses on building a well-rounded, confident, independent and courteous youth.  Citizenship skills and public speaking skills help our youth to become the future Teacher, Farmer, Rancher, Artist, Fashion Designer or Horticulturist!  Many people mistakenly believe that 4-H is only for youth that have farms or animals...that is simply not the case. Whether your child is interested or involved in something that requires Cowboy boots or Ballet slippers, Tomato Plants or Tomato Sauce, 4-H has a fit for everyone.  With over 200 different project areas a student can find virtually anything and everything to fit their ever growing and sometimes ever changing interest!  Craighead county has multiple clubs designed to fit every genre and interest of our county's youth.  "Go Green...Join 4-H!"

Join a 4-H Club today! For additional information on 4-H in Craighead County, contact  Maleigha Light - County Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development,

Craighead County Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in gardening to learn and serve their communities. In Craighead County, Master Gardeners volunteer on 12 public garden projects from a native plant and butterfly garden at the Crowley's Ridge Nature Center to the Display  garden on the Campus of Arkansas State University. Craighead County Master Gardeners contributed 5689 volunteer hours in 2015 worth $130,847 to help beautify Craighead County.
Interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Craighead County? Contact Branon Thiesse- County Extension Agent, Staff Chair,

Craighead County Extension Homemakers Council

The Craighead County Extension Homemakers Council is an affiliated group of the University of Arkansas - Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service with a three-fold mission of education, leadership, and community service. With a membership of 127, Craighead County EHC logs over 45,000 volunteer hours per year.
Interested in becoming a member of the Craighead County Extension Homemakers Council? Contact Debra DeRossitte- County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences,

Family and Consumer Sciences

Many Arkansas families are experiencing problems related to their health or personal finances, or both. Obesity affects 33 percent of Craighead County adults.  The 2013 Employee Benefit Research Institute reports only 13% of workers feel very confident in having enough money to live comfortably in retirement. The Small Steps to Health and Wealth curriculum was presented as a workplace wellness programs.
Some of the actions taken include:  eating out less by preparing meals at home, choosing healthy snacks, practicing portion control and decreasing consumption of carbonated drinks. As a result of these practices, participants have lost a total of 51 pounds. Participants have also made behavior modifications to improve their financial health.  Some actions taken include: reducing credit card balances and using cash instead of charge cards. 
Contact Debra DeRossitte-County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences,


Craighead County agriculture contributes about $160 million dollars to the county economy. This is due to choosing profitable crops and producing top yields using proper variety selection. Variety testing is conducted on all major crops. 
Contact Branon Thiesse-County Extension Agent-Staff Chair,

Contact Craighead County Cooperative Extension Service

611 E Washington Ave
Jonesboro, Arkansas  72401
Phone: (870) 933-4565
Fax: (870) 933-4568


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Craighead County, Arkansas

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