Welcome To The
Clark County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
Serving Arkadelphia, Gurdon, Amity and Surrounding Areas
We are so glad you visited our page. 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 Clark County Extension Office is at your service!
Clark County Agriculture
Warmer weather is bringing the threat of flash flooding during thunderstorms. These thunderstorms can contain torrential downpours, high winds, and even hail.
All of these ingredients can wreck a vegetable garden in minutes by causing plant damage, soil erosion, plant diseases, and flooding. It can be difficult, maybe even impossible to protect precious vegetables from the wrath of Mother Nature, but here are a few tips for what to do after a heavy thunderstorm.
Take a survey of any leaf or stem damage that may have occurred. If there is minimal damage to leaves, you may be able to just remove them. Keep an eye on plants that have received moderate or heavy damage over the next couple days , the plant might be able to recuperate. Try to stake up plants that are now leaning.
You do not want areas of long standing water in the vegetable garden. This can be very bad for plants, and could lead to root rot. If you find areas that drain poorly, create ways to get the water to drain away from the vegetable garden. You could implement dry creek beds (rock beds) or use plastic water drains to redirect water from the vegetable garden.
Have more questions? Contact the county office at 870-246-2281 or email Amy Simpson, County Extension Agent - Interim Staff Chair.
Photo: rain in garden
Clark County Extension Homemakers
JoAnn Vann recently taught a Mediterranean Diet School for county participants. Twenty people attended the event and the EHC members helped prep food as well as attending.
The Mediterranean Diet is appropriate for all ages. Whether young or old, the Mediterranean Diet can be adopted to fit one’s lifestyle. In fact, children who are introduced to a wide variety of nutritious foods and physical activity early in life are more likely to continue to enjoy and practice healthful habits throughout their lives.
For more information on Family & Consumer Sciences and EH Clubs in Clark County call
the office at 870-246-2281 or email JoAnn Vann, County Extension Agent- Family & Consumer Sciences
Photo: EHC members preparing Mediterranean Diet food.
Clark County 4-H
Preparation and participation are awesome words that express what a 4-H member learns. This year's Broiler BBQ competition for the District Level was hosted by our own Clark County!
Seen here are youth who are enjoying the benefits of learning to bbq. The smells were wonderful and the outcome was so tasty!
For more information about the value of 4-H in the life of a youth and in the community, email Amy Simpson, CEA-Interim Staff Chair at the Clark County Office.
Photo: Clark County 4-H'ers prepare to "smoke the competition" at this year's District Event