Welcome To The

 Crawford 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 Crawford County Extension Office is at your service!

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Guiding Children Successfully

What is it?

Guiding Children Successfully (GCS) is a research-based child care training program that strives to meet the foundation level training needs of early childhood professionals across the state by offering up to 35 hours of TAPP verified training free of charge. This self-guided training will help early childhood professionals apply child development principles to appropriately teach and manage the children in their care. Providers are welcome to request any of the publications featured in our training and distribute them to the parents of the children in their care.

What is involved?

Guiding Children Successfully consists of five sections of training.

Section 1: Guiding Children Successfully Video Series
12 video programs
12 learning checks (quizzes) numbered 01-12, each worth 1 hour of training

Section 2: Parenting Journey
1 DVD
8 publications
8 learning checks (quizzes) numbered 13-20, each worth 1 hour of training

Section 3: See the World Through My Eyes
1 publication
8 learning checks (quizzes) numbered 21-28, each worth 1 hour of training 

 

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National 4-H Council and 'Biggest Loser' Finalist Joe Ostaszewski Promoted Healthy Living in the River Valley

Joe Ostaszewski, a finalist on “The Biggest Loser,” says the show saved his life. Now he’s teaming up with the National 4-H Council for a cross-country bike ride to save kids from the dangers of childhood obesity.

 

Ostaszewski and his Wear Your Soul project made a stop in Fort Smith on Saturday, Aug, 23, as part of his “Ride it Forward” fitness campaign.  Ostaszewski joined Crawford County 4-H'ers and rode 1 miles down Garrison Avenue. The ride ended at the National Historic Site where Ostaszewski talked with riders about the National 4-H Healthy Living Initiative, healthy eating and exercise habits, and asked riders to take a Healthy Living Pledge.

 

The former Florida State lineman tipped the scales at nearly 370 pounds. He told the Ocala (Florida) Star Banner newspaper in 2013 that he and his twin brother Henry, who weighed about 360 pounds, began getting back in shape and applied for the “The Biggest Loser.” Joseph got the casting call. In the end, the effort was worth it. He lost 147 pounds in six months.

 

Photo:Joe Ostaszewski talking with 4-H youth about Bicycle Safety

 2013 Crawford County Farm Family of the Year

2013 Crawford County Farm Family of the Year

Marty and Teresa Arnold live outside of Kibler and farm in the Kibler Bottoms near and along the Arkansas River. Marty has been farming for over 27 years and has seen many changes take place in the farming industry throughout those years. The Arnolds are row crop farmers and raise wheat, corn, soybeans and milo. Some of their acreage is irrigated and one of their goals is to add more irrigation on their land.


When the river floods their land, several acres of crops are sacrificed and yields are reduced as the result. Marty has tried to plant earlier maturing varieties later in the year to help combat the problem.


Due to the flooding issues, the Arnolds have moved away from fall plowing because of the erosion that can occur and have converted most of the farm to minimum tillage. Marty says that less tillage not only helps with conservation of soil, water and energy, but also allows him more time to fish.

 

Photo: Marty and Teresa Arnold