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!
Food Safety Training
The Crawford County Extension Service teamed with the Sebastian County Health Department, the Arkansas Hospitality Association and the National Restaurant Association in 2013 to provide food safety training for local food service employees. One hundred-eleven employees of the food service industry were trained with ninety-eight passing the national ServSafe® exam. Participants included restaurant and fast food service managers, hospital food service staff, Senior Inn and Head Start food service employees, and grocery store deli/bakery employees.
Photo: Thermometer Checking Meat Temperature
Youth Thrive on Agriculture Education
Today, less than 3% of the population is directly involved in agricultural production. As agriculturalists and educators, we must find a way to bridge this ever widening gap between farmers and consumers. Special interest groups are focused on tearing down production agriculture. We must be proactive in educating our youth and adults about agriculture.
In an effort to increase the presence and importance of how agriculture relates to the lives of Crawford County youth and adults, hands-on learning exhibits were offered to children in grades K-2. The events, Fun on the Farm and School Day at the Fair featured a variety of interactive and educational exhibits for youth participants. A few of the exhibits offered were Beekeeping, Strawberry Production, Beef By Products, Dairy Production and Animal Welfare. Over a two-year period, 1,909 Youth and 400 Adults were reached.
Photo:Danny Brewer Beekeeping Demonstration
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