Welcome to the
Craighead 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 lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Craighead County Extension Office is at your service!
4-H: A Place for Everyone!
Mastery, Independence, Belonging and Life Skills are the major cores in the 4-H youth program. 4-H is a national youth organization that focuses on building a well-rounded, confident, independent and courteous youth. Citizenship skills and public speaking skills help our youth to become the future Teacher, Farmer, Rancher, Artist, Fashion Designer or Horticulturist! Many people mistakenly believe that 4-H is only for youth that have farms or animals...that is simply not the case. Whether your child is interested or involved in something that requires Cowboy boots or Ballet slippers, Tomato Plants or Tomato Sauce, 4-H has a fit for everyone. With over 200 different project areas a student can find virtually anything and everything to fit their ever growing and sometimes ever changing interest! Craighead county has multiple clubs designed to fit every genre and interest of our county's youth. "Go Green...Join 4-H!"
Photo: Craighead County 4-H Kids Kitchen Camp Graduates.
Craighead County Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in gardening to learn and serve their communities. In Craighead County, Master Gardeners volunteer in 12 public garden projects from the Native Plant and the Butterfly Garden located at the Crowley's Ridge Nature Center, to the Display Garden on the Campus of Arkansas State University. Craighead County Master Gardeners contributed 6915 volunteer hours in 2015 worth $159,322 to help beautify Craighead County.
Photo: Award Winning Master Gardener Project, Display Garden, ASU.
Craighead County Extension Homemakers Council
The Craighead County Extension Homemakers Council is an affiliated group of the University of Arkansas - Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service with a three-fold mission of education, leadership, and community service. With a membership of 127, Craighead County EHC logs over 45,000 volunteer hours per year.
Interested in becoming a member of the Craighead County Extension Homemakers Council? Contact Debra DeRossitte- County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences.
Photo: Knitting for Noggins for Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Many Arkansas families are experiencing problems related to their health or personal finances, or both. Obesity affects 33 percent of Craighead County adults. The 2013 Employee Benefit Research Institute reports only 13% of workers feel very confident in having enough money to live comfortably in retirement. The Small Steps to Health and Wealth curriculum was presented as a workplace wellness programs.
Some of the actions taken include: eating out less by preparing meals at home, choosing healthy snacks, practicing portion control and decreasing consumption of carbonated drinks. As a result of these practices, participants have lost a total of 51 pounds. Participants have also made behavior modifications to improve their financial health. Some actions taken include: reducing credit card balances and using cash instead of charge cards.
Contact Debra DeRossitte-County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences.
Photo: Hands-on cooking lessons.
Craighead County agriculture contributes about $160 million dollars to the county economy. This is due to choosing profitable crops and producing top yields using proper variety selection. Variety testing is conducted on all major crops. In particular, corn acreage increased 22,930 acres in 2013 due to an increase in the price per bushel for that product.
Craighead County producers used results from the county corn variety testing program to select cultivars for their specific situation. By choosing the proper variety, producers saw an increase of 46 bu/acre. Based on $5.50 bu/acre corn, producers saw an increase in revenue of $253.94 per acre.
Contact Branon Thiesse, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair or Chris Grimes,County Extension Agent-Agriculture.
Photo: Harvesting Corn Variety plots.