Welcome To The
Calhoun 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 Calhoun County Extension Office is at your service!
Calhoun County, Arkansas Agriculture
The Arkansas Timber Producers Association (ATPA) certifies loggers to haul, harvest and deliver timber to mill in Arkansas. They require loggers to obtain six CE credits per year to maintain their accreditation. The Calhoun County CES office started offering an annual statewide educational event for CE accreditation to loggers. The event is offered after working hours in collaboration with the ATPA for logger convenience. We negotiated a reduced cost of only $5 per person to save loggers money and host it at a central location to save local loggers travel time.
The 2012 event attracted 26 professional loggers from four major area companies, with all accredited to maintain their hauling status. The convenience of the event allowed these loggers to work that same day, hauling 35 loads of timber, valued at more than $12,000 to the local economy. The negotiated price saved each person up to $30 compared to certification at other venues.
Photo: Certified loggers training.
Gardens and Lawns
Calhoun County residents are interested in maintaining their lawns, landscapes and vegetable gardens using environmentally sound practices and environmentally safe products. The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Calhoun County assisted over 300 county residents in 2012 with the information they needed to safeguard the environment as they maintain healthy lawns, beautiful landscapes and productive vegetable gardens. Link to information that will help you keep your garden, landscape and lawn green and growing. For more information contact Jaret Rushing, CEA-Staff Chair.
Photo: Master Gardeners plant trees for beautification project.
Family & Consumer Sciences
17% of Calhoun County adult population are age 65 and older. Many adults are faced with health problems related to aging. Research has shown strength training and proper nutrition will increase the overall health and well being among older individuals. The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and Calhoun County have participated in the Strong Women program developed by Dr. Miriam E. Nelson of Tufts University. Also used were the Chef Charles Nutrition curriculum. Twenty-three sessions were taught on strength building, eighteen sessions using dumbbells and ankle weights. Six lessons were taught from Eat Smart, Live Strong and six lessons from Chef Charles. Participants stated that 50% gained agility and balance; 73% felt physically stronger and had more energy. For more information contact Laura Trotter, CEA-Family & Consumer Sciences.
Photo: Women participating in exercise for 2015 Strong Women class.
Calhoun County 4-H
In Calhoun County, 47% of children and adolescents are obese and overweight. This percentage continues to rise making the state of Arkansas one of four states with the highest obesity rates in the nation. Calhoun County is also at 18% poverty which makes eating healthy difficult when on a tight budget resulting in poor diets and obesity.
The Kids in the Kitchen program was conducted in Calhoun County in six separate sessions over the summer. Each session focused on one of the five food groups and how important it is to eat a little from every group to stay healthy and fit. This program gave the youth of the community an opportunity to learn how to prepare healthy, low-cost meals, and choose healthier snacks. The participants also learned about basic nutritional needs, the five My Plate food groups, and cooking skills and techniques they would need when preparing healthy meals and snacks at home.
Youth enrolled in the program were given a pre- and post-survey. After comparing the two surveys, results show that all participants had an increased knowledge of how to choose and prepare low-cost healthy meals and snacks. Participants that attended learned how to cut food costs by 22%. Participants also shared what they learned with family members and used the recipe's to make meals at home. All youth felt comfortable making healthy food choices whether they were at school or home. Youth also learned that trying new types of food can be fun and delicious.
For more information contact our county Extension office to join a 4-H Club today! For additional information on 4-H in Calhoun County, contact Laura Trotter, CEA - Family & Consumer Sciences/4-H at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: 4-H youth sampling a recipe prepared by them in Kids in the Kitchen program.