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Welcome To The

Jackson 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 Jackson County Extension Office is at your service!  

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Picture of New CEA-Agriculture Agent Matthew Davis

NEW CEA-Agriculture Agent

Jackson County-UAEX would like to welcome our newest agent.

Matthew Joseph Davis comes to us from Walmart where he has worked for 7 years, the last 4 as an assistant store manager. Matthew is ready to learn and development in his new role as the County Extension Agent-Agriculture for Jackson County.

A few things you should know about Matthew.

 • Born here in Newport, AR
• Has lived in Jackson County for 21 of his 25 years
• Attended Newport High School graduated in 2009
• Attended Arkansas State University graduated in summer 2012 with Bachelor Degree in Agriculture Business Emphasis Marketing and Management
• His Father and Mother are Jerry Davis Sr. and Elizabeth Davis of Diaz, AR
• Proud to be back serving his community
• Matthew is ready to learn and continue pursuing his education

Personal message from Matthew,

I just wanted to take a moment to tell everyone how excited I am to be back home. I have made many friends in my years with Walmart, but I am ecstatic to think of all the new ones I will make soon. If there is anything that I can help with please feel free to call the office. If you are not sure what Extension Service does please check out page as well as Again I want to say how blessed I am to be back among this great community and I look forward to helping everyone with their questions and concerns.

Thank You,
Matthew Davis
UAEX Jackson County CEA-Agriculture
Office 870-523-7450 Fax 870-523-7452

Photo: New CEA-Agriculture Matthew Davis

NES students at Farm to You

SNAP-Ed  Farm to You Exhibit visits Jackson County

 Students participate in Arkansas Farm to You on December 16 and 17! The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service exhibit, Arkansas Farm to You, hosted both Newport and Tuckerman Elementary (approximately 600 students participated). The exhibit was housed at ASU-Newport, giving students a chance to explore the interactive, walk-through display from the farm and through the body. Students had the opportunity to learn about Arkansas foods and how the body uses those foods as fuel for being active. The exhibit consisted of 10 stations which made  the agricultural and health adventure fun and interactive for the students!


Photo.  Newport Elementary School students participate in "Farm to You" exhibit at ASU-Newport.

Pecan Husks infected with Scab

Pecan Scab

Due in part to the unusually wet spring and summer conditions, Jackson County Pecan Trees were heavily infected with Scab during the 2015 growing season. Several Pecan Trees were observed having dropped all of their nuts prematurely because they were severely infected with the disease.


If you noticed small, circular, olive green to black sunken spots or blotches on your pecan leaves, and nut husks, it was very likely Pecan scab.


There are a multitude of fungicides which can be used to treat and prevent Pecan scab, however these all require good spray coverage that can only be achieved by special spray equipment.  The homeowner's most available option for prevention is good sanitation practices.  You should remove and destroy all fallen leaves, shuchks and nuts each winter or in the early spring before buds begin to swell.  These fallen leaves and nuts can be primary sources for new infection in the spring.


For more information on Pecan scab and other diseases click this link to navigate to the Extension Publication titled Home Pecan Diseases and Control:

Learn more about Pecan Scab
4Her with chicken in backyard

4-H Poultry Chain in Jackson County

The 4-H Poultry Chain project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for the family laying flock.  Many Arkansas farm families who keep birds for egg production do not have adequate year-round production due to improper management practices.  Many families keep laying hens not capable of high egg production.  Chicks provided in the 4-H Poultry Chain program come from the commercial egg industry's disease free flocks and have the genetic potential for very high, efficient egg production.  This project continues to be very successful in the Jackson County 4-H program.  The program started in 2011 with over 25 participants and remains popular heading into 2016. Contact the Jackson County Extension Office for more information.

Photo:  Jacob assists with Fowl Pox vaccinations of Poultry Chain flock.

4H club participants with handouts at volunteer leader training

Leadership Development

Leadership Development is an important part of the Community and Economic Development program in Jackson County.  We are involved daily through our ongoing 4-H and Extension Homemakers programs.  These active leaders are trained on a regular basis to be equipped to provide support both within these organizations and their communities.  We have been involved in the New Vision Newport Leadership Development Program since the planning stages in 2003.  This program has been a shining star for Newport and Jackson County.  200 people have graduated from the program and many have gone on to leadership roles in their community including school board members, city council members, mayors, and other elected officials.  There is now a large pool of people to get things done instead of having to rely on a handful of people.

Photo: The Lucky Charms 4-H Club in Jackson County participates in volunteer leader training at Beebe