Extension Educational Programs & Services
Dallas 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.
Extension Service Hosts Area
Bee Hive Basics Workshop
Jon Zawislak, U of A Instructor-Apiculture, presenting Bee Hive Basics program during
workshop held at the Fordyce Civic Center, Fordyce, Arkansas, on February 5, 2015.
||One of the many attendees visiting with vendor, Susan Crihfield, Apiary Beekeeping
Supplies, Inc., Crossett, Arkansas.
||Great turnout from Dallas and surrounding counties. Over 50 persons attended. There
is a lot of interest in beekeeping in this area with home and commercial gardening
once again popular.
We Are Agriculture & Natural Resources - Improving profitability for agricultural
business while protecting the environment.
Photo: Mayor of Sparkman and county agent at city park, site of fire ant control demonstration.
- Bangs vaccination clinics (spring and fall) with a savings of $1200 to the producers.
- 15 farm pond evaluations conducted resulting in better water quality and fish production.
- Conducted one Aquatic Herbicide demonstration educating the owner to use herbicides
properly resulting in a cost savings of $400.
- 8 Herbicide Weed Control demonstrations conducted resulting in 90% control with potential
cost savings of over $200,000 in five year period.
- 2 Fire Ant Control demonstrations using bait products, Amdro and Advion, resulting
in 95% control on one site and major decrease at other site.
- Educational programs conducted at cattlemen’s meetings: Johnsongrass Weed Control
Using Herbicides; Nuisance Wildlife Control & Illegal Baiting; Dutch Oven Cooking;
- Conducted 80 soil test evaluations and worked with over 100 home gardeners to improve
their soil fertility and vegetable production resulting in cost savings of over $1400.
- 2 demonstration gardens erected at the Fordyce Walmart during their Garden Center
Grand Opening. The gardens were built to educate the public on square foot and container
- Raise bed garden installed at Sparkman Elementary school at request of classroom teacher.
Plantings in summer and fall with plants donated by Fordyce Walmart.
- Pea sheller/thrasher constructed and demonstrated at local farmers market. Two producers
constructed their own using plans saving $1300.
- 4 Herbicide Nutgrass Control demonstrations conducted with 85% decrease in population
and 25% increase in vegetable production.
- Multi-county Roadside Right of Way Herbicide Control demonstration and program conducted
for county judges and road foremen. Two counties have implemented a program as a result
We Are 4-H Youth Development - Building tomorrow's leaders.
Want to join 4-H in Dallas County? https://arkansas.4honline.com
Photo: Dallas County Cloverbud 4-H'er holding his county fair, prize winning, poultry
- Annual Awards Banquet, County Workshops/Camps
- Nutrition, food preservation, etiquette and sewing workshops conducted for approximately 40
- Competitions/Contest: WHEP, Regional & State O'Rama, County/District/State Fairs,
District, State, Regional Horse Shows, Poultry Chain.
- 2 State O-Rama winners.
- Community Service: Rabies Clinic, Beautification at Sparkman City Park, County Fair
Educational Booths, Interpretative Event, Trash Pickup, Nursing Home Visits, Community
Garden, Elderly Yard Clean-up, Health Fair Volunteers, Teenage Drinking Campaign,
One Day Service Project, Sunshine House Ornaments and Easter Egg Hunt.
- 3 clubs currently active.
- 4-H promotion activities include parade float entries, community service activities,
4-H month activities including cookies made and delivered to supporters, educational
exhibits displayed at county fair.
- Assist with AGFC Shooting Sports junior and senior teams organized and in second year of
competition through Fordyce High School.
- Dutch Oven Cooking demonstration presented for 20 youth during Multi-County Outdoor
- Cooking Matters for Kids and Kids 4-Health programs conducted educating approximately
- Raised Bed Gardening education for approximately 50 youth with 2 raised bed gardens
erected. One at Sparkman Elementary School and one at Fordyce Head Start.
- GPS education program conducted for approximately 150 youth.
- Farmers Market 4-Kids Day activity highlighted by one youth demonstrating pea sheller.
- Educational tour to Clinton Library and Witt Stephens Nature Center for approximately
We Ae Community Development - Helping communities to build a vibrant future.
Photo: County agent delivers produce, harvested from community garden, to the Sparkman
Senior Center to promote healthy lifestyles.
- The Dallas County Farmers Market continued its success with 20 vendors offering many
varieties of vegetables, craft items, monthly demonstrations, big grand opening activities.
- Community Garden continued its success with over 2900 pounds of produce grown and
distributed to the elderly and local citizens, a savings of $4000. Matching funds
of $4000 were secured from around the county to hire an AmeriCorps worker to take
care of the garden and manage the Farmers Market. Gardening education programming
provided to over 350 youth and adults.
- Conducted a Rabies Vaccination Clinic with 185 dogs and cats vaccinated. ($4625 savings
to county residents.)
- Produce from the DASH Community Garden was harvested by CES staff member and delivered
to the Senior Center at Sparkman to be cooked for the Senior Citizens as a means to
promote healthy lifestyles.
- Demonstration kitchen and meeting room constructed by agent, staff and volunteers
saving county approximately $7500. Kitchen used for numerous activities including
First Pickins' Luncheon fund raiser for community garden and farmer's market. Over
- County agent recognized and honored as "Community Service Home Town Hero" at annual
Chamber of Commerce banquet.
- Collaborated with health department on grant to provide 15 raised bed gardens for
the community, especially the elderly and low income.
We Are Family and Consumer Sciences - Teaching families about nutrition, money and health.
- Extension Homemakers - 4 Clubs/29 Members
- EHC Volunteers/Value of Volunteer Hours ($28,593)
- Lap Throws/Prayer Shawls/Cancer Pillows/Alzheimer's Blankets constructed, sewn for
- EHC CASA/Ronald McDonald House Projects
- EHC leader trainings conducted on resource management topics: Credit Management; Home
Repairs; Transfer of Non-Titled Property; Decorating on a Budget, Organizing Important
- Food preservation, nutrition education, sewing classes conducted for youth and adults
in new kitchen/meeting room.
- 12 food preservation, nutrition education/etiquette, sewing classes conducted for
special needs classes.
- Sparkman Senior Exercise Class/Fit in 10 (14 Participants)
- 18 Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters for Diabetics classes conducted for 18 adult
- 5 Cooking Matters classes conducted for 6 youth participants.
- 4 Shopping Matters store tours conducted resulting in nutrition education and cost
savings for participants.
- 5th Annual Women's Health Tea and Program
- Multi-County Estate Planning Workshop conducted.
- Recipes in DASH/EHC/Cattlemen's Newsletters (110 Participants)
- First Step School Outdoor Education Day conducted for 12 young adult participants.
- Dallas County Health Fair Educational Displays and materials for over 325 attendees.
- Organized and assisted volunteers with First Pickins' Luncheon which raised over $350
for the farmer's market and the community garden.
- Birthday bags for 100 youth at Sparkman Elementary School.
Photo: Happy Cooking Matters for Diabetics class participant.