Welcome to the
Howard 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 Howard County Extension Office is at your service!
Mediterranean Diet Cooking School
Participants in the Mediterranean Diet Cooking School learn how to improve overall health through the foods they eat. The diet focuses on lifestyle choices by eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, more fish, exercising more and enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Fall Army Worms
Because army worms are so destructive and compete with livestock for forage, producers should diligently scout susceptible fields beginning in July. Some descriptions about how to recognize them: the egg, creamy white and dome shaped with a flattened base, eggs are laid in masses of 50 or more on lower leaf blades. The larva (caterpillar, fall army worm), when newly hatched, the fall army worm larva is light green to cream colored with a dark head and measures approximately 1/16 inch long. As it feeds, it grows in length tremendously, becomes darker and with light colored lines down the sides of its body. It also has an inverted Y on the top of its head and the on the next to last abdominal section, it has 4 small dark dots. Please contact the Extension Office if you have any concerns about army worms or spraying for them.
See our Agriculture and Natural Resources Facebook page for more information.
Howard County 4-H Clubs are very active in our community! Just as school is kicking off, 4-H is gearing up, too! Katilynn H., a member of the Howard County Teen Leaders 4-H Club, headed up a successful community service project by collecting 73 pairs of used eyeglasses. The eyeglasses were donated to Lions Club International in conjunction with the National Association of County Agriculture Agents Conference, recently held in Little Rock. Congratulations to Katilynn and other 4-H members for donating the most eyeglasses!
Currently Howard County has 9 very active 4-H clubs: Nature Seekers, Sharp Shooters, Show-n-Shine, Teen Leaders, Show Stoppers, Super 4-H’ers, Sew Much Fun, Food Explorers, and the STEM Club. If you would like to learn more about 4-H and all it has to offer, please call the Howard County Extension office at 845-7517.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
Check out the Howard County 4-H Facebook Page
Volunteers are Important!
Leadership and community service are huge components of the Extension Homemaker organization. Members are encouraged to keep up with service hours, education hours and self- improvement hours throughout the year. They are awarded different levels according to amount of hours donated. Awards were presented at the annual Howard County EHC Fall Council Meeting.
Photos: (top) 2015 Award Recipients
(bottom) Hillcrest EHC - Club of the Year