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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Chicot County, Arkansas

The Cooperative Extension Service offers a host of educational programs and services.  If you do not see what you are looking for below, please contact our county Extension Office for assistance.

 

two cotton pickers harvesting cotton

Commercial Agriculture

Commercial Agriculture is a vital part of Chicot County.  The Chicot County Cooperative Extension Service provides a wide variety of services and educational programs.  Contact Gus Wilson, Staff Chair - Ag Agent at the Chicot County Extension office at 870-265-8055 for more information about the following programs and services.                            

                                                                                              

 

  • Chicot County Agriculture Success Story

    Most soybean producers in the county now report adoption of research-based IPM and other best management practices, a substantial improvement over past farming methods. Using yield contests as a yardstick, this resulted in our having a Grow for the Green winner in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, we had a 100.07 bushel/acre entrant for the Race for 100 - one of the first confirmed 100 bushel soybean yields in Arkansas ever; and others verified yields of 99.3 and 98.4 bu the Grow for the Green contest. Soybean yield in Arkansas averages 41 bu/Ac.

    • Soil testing
    • Hay testing
    • Water testing
    • Plant disease diagnosis
    • Plant identification
    • Insect identification
    • Sprayer calibration
  • Educational Programs Available
    • Pesticide Training
    • Weed & Brush control programs
    • Financial Management for row crops
    • Risk Management for row crops
    • Row crop insect control
  • Chicot County Grower David Bennett Break Century Mark in Soybean Yields

    Lake Village grower smashes soybean yield record, 2nd to break 100 bu/acre in 2014

    David Bennett Breaks Century Soybean RecordLAKE VILLAGE, Ark. – You could hear David Bennett smiling over the phone on Thursday. And the only thing busier than Bennett  -- in the middle of harvest -- was his phone, “which is ringing off the hook,” he said.

     Bennett, one of the entrants in the Arkansas Soybean Association’s Grow for the Green contest, had been certified at 112.012 bushels per acre. He’s the fourth Arkansas soybean grower to pass the century mark in yields and surpassed the contest yield record of 107.63 bushel an acre set by Matt and Sherri Kay Miles of McGehee. News traveled fast through the southern Arkansas farming community.  “I talked to the guy who had the last record,” he said over the noise of combine. “He told me, ‘You don’t know what you’re in for’.”

    Help from his agent

    “I didn't do anything special. I've got Gus Wilson, my county agent – I owe most of it to him. He stayed out in the field most of the year watching them for me. I’d done everything at the right time.”

    Bennett grew Asgrow4632, the same variety the Mileses used in setting the record in 2013. Bennett planted his crop April 22 and harvested on Thursday.

     Wilson, the Chicot County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Bennett had a sweet spot “right around the lake and that’s some good strong land. He’s a very good farmer and a very, very good producer and a good cooperator.”

    Even so, “I about fell out when I got that ticket” showing 112 bushels at the elevator. I still have butterflies in my stomach,” Wilson said.

    For more information about soybean production, contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu or http://arkansascrops.com.  For more information about the Grow for the Green contest, visit www.arkansassoybean.com.

    The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Photo: Cotton pickers harvesting cotton 

Women exercising with medicine balls

Family and Consumer Sciences

Chicot County ranks in the top five Arkansas counties for adults and children living in poverty with 38% households below the poverty rate.  In Arkansas, fewer that 25% of adults and 5.2% of adolescents consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.  Contact Chicot county office at 870-265-8055 for more information about the following programs.  

 
 
 
Photo: Participants gain strength, flexibility and balance by participating in the Medicine Ball Exercise Program.
  • Chicot County Success Story: Family and Consumer Science

    The number of children considered overweight or obese in Chicot County is reaching epidemic proportions. 41% of our youth are overweight or obese. Studies suggest if good habits are established when a person is young; they are more likely to continue them into adulthood.

    The Chicot County Cooperative Extension Service offered multiple educational approaches to respond to the issues related to obesity. Multi-session lessons focused on nutrition education to youth. Educational programs included the People’s Youth Garden Research Project – 2nd year at public schools, Broiler BBQ, Tomato Project, Kids in the Kitchen, Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program and Smart Nutrition Active People Education program. Through these efforts 229 educational sessions were conducted that reached 953 youth.

    In the People’s Garden Project youth ate vegetables that they grew in the school garden. 44 youth gained knowledge of food prep and food safety during the Broiler BBQ workshop and competition. 200+ youth learned to plant, grow and harvest a tomato from seed in the Tomato Project with nutrition lessons. 31 youth participated in the Kids in the Kitchen workshop. 127 youth gained knowledge of eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking water, and be more physically active through the OrganWise Guys curriculum. Through these programs, youth received tools needed to be more physically active, prepare healthy and locally grown food, choose healthy foods, and practice food safety.

  • Educational Programs Available
    • Small Steps to Health & Wealth
    • Financial Management
    • Medicine Ball Exercise Program
    • Be MedWise
    • AgrAbility
    • Best Care
    • The Parenting Journey
    • Managing Stress
    • Living Well with Diabetes
    • Food Safety
    • SNAP-Ed
    • EFNEP                   

                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Two people viewing a whole grain exhibit

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a program of the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Extension and Research. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Cooperative Extension Service fund the program.

 

Photo: Man and woman learning about how important fiber is to the body at EFNEP exhibit.

  • Mission

    The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is to empower individuals, families, and youth with limited resources acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior changes necessary to maintain nutritionally sound diets and enhance personal development.

  • Audience

    EFNEP adults focus on educational programs to enhance the quality of the families' diet. The adults are taught in small groups or individually by EFNEP program assistants trained by Extension educators. The majority of participants complete the EFNEP curriculum in less than 8 sessions.

    The EFNEP youth program focuses on providing food and nutrition education to contribute to personal development of youth from families with low income. The youth are taught in summer or year-round enrichment programs conducted by EFNEP program assistants and volunteers.

 

4-H girl holding ribbon

Chicot County 4-H

Chicot County Extension Service serves over 50 county youth in projects such as bicycle, pet care, health and nutrition as well as a variety of other activities and programs.  The Extension staff and 7 4-H volunteers support the 7 clubs and activities.  To learn more about any of these clubs or to become a 4-H volunteer contact the Chicot County Extension Office at 870-265-8055 for more information.

Photo:  4-H O'Rama Fashion Fair competitor wins ribbon.

  • Chicot County Team Up With Ashley County for 4-H Citizenship and Leadership Camp
    Group picture showing Chicot County 4-H Citizenship and Leadership Camp participants standing on the capitol steps.

    Twenty-nine 4-Hers, leaders and Extension Agents participated in a 4-H Citizenship Leadership Camp 4-H Citizenship Leadership Camp which included Representative Sheilla Lampkin, Arkansas State Representative District 9,  with a presentation on Citizenship 101. The American Legion Post 111 also presented a demonstration on Flag etiquette.  The class concluded with a tour of both Hamburg City Hall and the Ashley County Courthouse. The camp concluded with a tour of the State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center.  They learned about leadership, government structure, and Arkansas history. Representative Sheilla Lampkin visited with the 4-Her’s at the State Capitol and shared with them what it means to be a public servant and have their voices heard even at a young age.

    This camp was made possible through General Improvement Funds allocated by the Arkansas Governor’s Assembly. 4-H is a youth development program conducted by the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. The 4-H Mission is to provide opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, from attitudes and practice behavior that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

    For more information on 4-H or how to join call the Chicot County Extension Service at 870-265-8055. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, gender information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Chefs, Andy Gibson and Heather Gibson Share Their Trade Secrets With 4-Her’s
    Picture of Chefs, Andy Gibson and Heather Gibson working with 4-H youth.

    Thirty –two 4-Her’s, leaders and Extension EFNEP Para-Professionals: Oscie Barnes and Shirley Walker, along with Peggy Miller, Farm Bureau Women’s Committee participated in the 17th Year of Kids in the Kitchen: Super Duper Sandwiches.

    For three days each child was provided hands-on-assistance on building their own sandwiches: Day 1-International Sandwiches; Day- 2 Open-Faced Sandwiches; Day-3 New Twists on Old Faves.

    The children were also taught about common situations in the kitchen such as Nutritional Facts on Food, Following Kitchen Basics, and How to Avoid Kitchen Disasters.  Each child was provided a special packet with an apron, cookbook along with other educational materials. Three days of fun filled activities for all! A special thanks to Andy, Heather, Peggy Miller, and Farm Bureau for their contributions throughout the year. 

    For more information on 4-H or how to join call the Chicot County Extension Service at 870-265-8055. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, gender information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Saint Mary’s Program Slated for Cornell University Web-Site
    Kindergarten class looking for birds outside on the playground with binoculars.

    On May 6th, 2014, Mrs. Tracy Rosson’s kindergarten class at Saint Mary’s School in Lake Village conducted their 2nd annual ornithology day bird scout!

    In partnership with the Chicot County Extension Service and the Cornell University of Ornithology Lab the students learned about birds and then submitted their data back to the Cornell!  After submission of the data they were contacted by Cornell for permission to be posted on their web-site.  The class was very excited that something like this happened to them!

    If you are interested in presenting this program or need any additional information, you can contact http://www.celebrateurbanbirds.org or the Chicot County Extension Service.  The homepage of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is at http://www.birds.cornell.edu

 

spring peach bloom

Master Gardeners of the Delta

The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in gardening to learn and serve their communities by sponsoring projects that support plant therapy work with hospitals and nursing homes, city beautification, and horticulture information.

Master Gardeners of the Delta is made up of these four counties:  ChicotDesha, Drew, and AshleyInterested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Chicot County?  Contact Gus Wilson, Staff Chair - Ag Agent at the Chicot County Extension Office at 870-265-8055 for more information. 

Photo: Spring peach bloom