Welcome To The
Carroll 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 Carroll County Extension Office is at your service!
4-H on a Mission in Carroll County
"I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world. " This pledge is repeated at the beginning of each 4-H club meeting. Carroll County 4-H has taken the pledge to heart by focusing on providing service to the community.
In a town with only 4,700 residents, 4-H youth not only raised $1,300, but also worked with local media to create awareness of the needs of the Berryville Mission Clinic. With this money the clinic is now planning to enlarge their waiting room.
Local 4-H members collected 350 pounds of food to help stock the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry's shelves. As they collected the food, they shared with local residents the purpose of the pantry and how many people in the community utilize it regularly. In addition, one hundred stockings were distributed to children in needy families, making Christmas a little brighter.
Photo: Carroll County 4-H members presenting a check to the Mission Clinic of Carroll County.
Carroll County Community Educational Garden
Photo: Digital rendering of the Community Educational Garden by Randy Forst
Cooking Smarter, Eating Smarter
Eating out has become a favorite pastime as the average American visits a restaurant 4.2 times per week. The price tag is not only an economic drain at $232 per month per person, but also presents opportunity for choosing unhealthy meals. The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service partnered with community organizations to provide nutrition education to 52 people.
As a result of our programs:
44% of participants reported eating more fruits
45% of participants reported eating more vegetables
22% of participants reported saving money at the grocery store by using
a shopping technique learned in class
26% of participants reported increasing food safety practices
The number of meals eaten away from home decreased to 2.4 times per week, a 43% reduction as compared to the average American. This is a potential savings of $1,200 per person per year.
Photo: Cook Smart Eat Smart class participants preparing roasted vegetables.
Carroll County Producers Rolling in the Hay
Livestock and product sales are the major source of farm income for Carroll County farmers. 95% of Carroll county farmers received a higher proportion of farm income from livestock and products. After three years of trying to produce more hay using products that were not research tested, the producer wanted help with increasing his total yield. Soil test were done on each of the fields. The recommended lime applications per Extension's Soil Analysis Report were applied to each field. The correct rate of recommended fertilizers was applied in split applications. On a total of 44 acres, the tons of non irrigated mixed grass hay produced went from 1-1/2 tons to 3 tons per acre. After labor and overhead, a profit, of $15.00/Acre was made. The hay tonnage and profit increased by 50%.
Photo: Carroll County hay field.