U of A System Division of Agriculture – What We Do

Welcome to the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture! The Cooperative Extension Service and the
Agricultural Experiment Station work together to find and deliver smarter ways to live life. It’s research and extension on a mission:
To help all Arkansans live healthier, build stronger families and communities; and grow
food more efficiently to meet rising global needs. Our Extension agents and researchers are the
best in their fields. And we’re in all 75 counties working hard with you and for you. Let me tell you more about what we do. Agriculture creates one in every six jobs
in Arkansas. Extension educators bring the research-proven
discoveries made by Division of Ag researchers to the whole food chain from farm to table. It’s information that’s driven by science, not sales. Through us, Arkansas growers have access to
answers about economics, marketing, plant and animal diseases, nutrition, genetics and
best practices for livestock and plant crops. Research and Extension faculty and staff also
work to raise public awareness of the economic and social importance of agriculture in Arkansas
and its contribution to the global market. Arkansas has abundant natural resources. But
the daily demands on our water, land and air challenge us to find better ways to shepherd
those resources. We strive to help everyone understand the
competing demands and preserve or improve water quality and quantity. We develop proven
power-saving tactics and bioenergy production that can conserve money and resources. We also empower Arkansans to be resilient when climate extremes disrupt lives and livelihoods. Poverty and lack of access to healthy foods
make issues like obesity and diabetes more common. From the farm to the dinner table,
the Division of Agriculture covers all aspects of the food supply. We equip individuals and
families – of all income levels – to make good decisions on what they eat and how to
prepare those foods safely. Raising families with healthy minds and bodies
isn’t easy, but Division of Agriculture researchers and educators help families overcome the many
challenges they face. Our family life specialists help parents understand
how their children grow and encourage strong relationships between generations. We offer
continuing education for those who care for our children while we’re at work and we teach
families to manage money. We have programs to help Arkansans remain
independent as they age. Of course, we can’t forget 4-H, one of the
most recognized youth development programs in the world.
Arkansas 4-H embraces a learn-by-doing attitude that builds confidence, critical thinking
and other skills needed for success in adulthood. When the economy, nature or population shifts
cause hardship, the Division of Agriculture is ready to help communities get back on their
feet. We can help communities find ways to build strength, capitalize on their assets
and become resilient when times get tough. For community leaders and voters, the Division’s
Public Policy Center delivers the unbiased data needed to aid decision-making. The Division
also conducts research for local governments and others to identify fiscal issues and develop
ways to effectively provide community services. Think of the Division of Agriculture as your
R&D department for life with a network of teachers that provide personal service in
your neighborhood. We are where you are.

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