Welcome To The
Boone 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 Boone County Extension Office is at your service!
About the Extension and 4-H Center.....
The Boone County Extension office is located on Hwy. 123, south of North Arkansas College on the Boone County Extension and 4-H Center property. Staff members are Nita Cooper, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair; Denyse Hensley, 4-H Program Assistant; Mike McClintock, County Extension Agent – Agriculture; Trudy McManus, County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences; and Kathy Rawlingson, Administrative Support Supervisor.
The Boone County Extension and 4-H Center was made possible by the generous donation of 40 acres by the Pattie family and the support of our Boone County 4-H Foundation and Quorum Court. The center is located on land that was originally part of the Olvey Hereford Ranch. Boone County Farm Bureau Board provided funds to refurbish an existing barn located on the property. The barn has local historical significance as a "one of a kind" facility. It was once an icon for area beef cattle producers due to its progressive design.
4-H: Teaching Citizenship and Leadership
Boone County 4-H members participated in 4-H SPLASH, a citizenship program. Youth toured the county courthouse, participated in a community service project, workshops on the types of government, toured the state capitol, and experienced the 4-H ExCEL leadership program. While touring the Boone County courthouse, 4-H members visited with Crystal Graddy, Boone County Clerk, where they learned about the voting process. They also heard presentations from the county treasurer, circuit clerk, and the county judge's office. Brennan B., Boone County 4-H Teen Leader commented, " The presentation by Crystal Graddy was very useful. It helped us to see how technology has changed the voting process. It helped to prepare us for the future. We learned about the value of voting, and the voting is a right and a privilege. The 4-H SPLASH program was a great program for youth. It let us know that Government is everywhere. It helped to broaden our view of the role of Government."
Citizenship, decision making, communication, teamwork, and leadership.....these are important life skills. The 4-H program prides itself in helping youth develop these much needed skills.
Estate Planning for Farmers and Homeowners
Will or trust? Estate planning or succession planning? What about distribution options and consequences? What is "fair" when it comes to dividing family property? Estate planning can be overwhelming. "Estate Planning for Farmers and Homeowners" was offered by the Boone County Extension Office to help families with the planning process.
Thirty-five participants attended the 2-session program that addressed estate planning needs. Information was shared by Extension staff and Rusty Rumley, staff attorney at the National Ag Law Center on the U of A campus. Topics addressed gave participants the opportunity to think about family goals in estate planning, such as maintaining privacy or improving family relationships. Several distribution options were discussed to allow families to develop an estate plan that was best for the family. The difference between estate and succession planning was addressed. Participants were given tools to help with the process.
Nutrition Programs Make A Difference
The Boone County Extension Service reaches out to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients/ eligibles with nutrition education because 29% of the adults are obese and between 26% and 48% of students were overweight. There were SNAP cases in 2012.
1171 adult recipients/eligibles were reached through the following:
- Displays at DHS , a food bank, and commodity distribution site
- Demonstrations for WIC
- Shopping Matters classes
- Nutrition lessons for the homeless day center, a program for young mothers, a case management program, and Head Start
In addition, food demonstrations, displays, and a series of nutrition lessons were conducted for two schools reaching 2522 youth/adult contacts.
Of those reached, results indicated 80% of adults gained knowledge about healthy eating patterns, 63% of adults indicated they planned to adopt healthy eating patterns, and 89% of youth intended to adopt a healthy eating pattern.