Welcome To The
Lee 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 Lee County Extension Office is at your service!
Agriculture: Rice Research Verification Program (RRVP)
230 bu/ac. . . That is the yield Lanny Bosnick of Moro made in the 2013 Rice Research Verification Program. 230 bu/ac is an excellent yield for rice at anytime, but it is especially good for a conventional variety - in this case Roy J. In fact, the Lee County RRVP field grown by Mr. Bosnick was the 2nd highest yield in the statewide program which includes hybrids. The significance of this is it shows that conventional varieties can compete with hybrids in yield, but typically cost much less to produce. The purpose of the RRVP is to use information gained from research and apply it to real world rice fields. It is a two-year program and each year the participating producer agrees to follow Extension recommendations so that we can "verify" the validity of the research. There are research verification programs for most crops grown in Lee County including soybeans, cotton, corn, wheat, and grain sorghum. For more information about these and other Extension programs, contact Stan Baker at the Lee County Cooperative Extension Service.
Photo: Producer, cooperator, Lanny Bosnick with agent, Ernest Bradley at the Lee County RRVP field
In cooperation with Phillips and Monroe counties, the Lee County Master Gardeners helped promote and conduct a training program for new Master Gardeners in 2013. Nineteen new Master Gardener graduates completed a 40-hour training program. They received training in all areas of horticulture: vegetables, fruits, ornamental, turf and lawn, soil testing, fertilization, insects, weed control and safety aspects for using pesticides. For more information about Master Gardeners and other Extension programs, contact Ernest Bradley or Stan Baker at the Lee County Cooperative Extension Service.
Photo: 2013 Master Gardener Graduating Class
Family and Consumer Science
Family & Consumer Sciences teaches Lee County families about nutrition, money and health. We offer programs such as SNAP-ED, EFNEP, Strong Women and Men, Small Steps to Health and Wealth as well as Nutrition Programs.
As part of the EFNEP Program, Lee County HIPPY parents were taught "Make Half Your Grains Whole." Parents were introduced to 100% whole grain products and encouraged to make the change from processed pastas, rice, and breads to help incorporate more fiber in their diet . Making healthy food choices will improve their overall health and will lower their risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and some cancers. Parents are also encouraged to become more physically active.
We welcome comments and encourage you to take advantage of the educational programs offered. Service is last in our name but first in priority! Please contact Charlet Jones for more information.
Photo: Lee County Program Assistant teaching HIPPY parents