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
This summer, the Calhoun County 4-H members will be participating in several day camps. One day camp in particular is called Kids in the Kitchen. Kids in the Kitchen is a program that encourages youth to eat healthier meals and snacks as a result of hands-on cooking experiences.
4-H youth will learn how to prepare simple, healthy foods that they can make for themselves and for other family members at home. They will also learn good safety practices with each lesson. Some recipes include blueberry/banana sundaes, breakfast banana split, perfect pumpkin pancakes, farmers market salsa, veggie pillows, fruit pies, tostadas, etc.
Safety practices that members will learn will be appropriate food preparation techniques like hand washing, safety tips such as using hot pads when handling hot foods, cleaning up all dishes and messes, the six rules for kitchen safety, and how to correctly use kitchen tools. This seven session program will run over a course of three weeks in July.
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 email@example.com.
Photo: 4-H youth participating in Kids in the Kitchen learning how to dice tomatoes on cutting board.