UACES Facebook Little River County, Arkansas Extension Office | Family, agriculture and 4H resources in Ashdown, AR

Welcome To The

Little River 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 Little River County Extension Office is at your service!

 

 

Three black cows on standing on fescue in Little River County Arkansas

Little River County Agriculture

Little River County consists of farming, ranching and timber.  There are 482 farms with 139,300 acres of farmland.  Major crops include:  soybeans, corn, grain sorghum, and winter wheat.  There are 185,000 acres of timber and approximately 28,000 head of cattle and calves in the county.  Livestock and crops accounted for 73 million in income for the county.

The Little River County Extension Office conducts demonstrations, training, and research on an annual basis.  Pesticide applicator training are conducted each year to keep producers current with state regulations.  Soil samples and diagnostic samples can be submitted to the county office for testing.  Demonstrations are conducted with local producers to educate them on current research based U of A recommendations.  The Little River County office works closely with the U of A specialists and professors to conduct research on local issues concerning Little River County farmers.

Photo: Beef cattle and forage production is an important part of agriculture in Little River County.

Celeste Scarborough teaching Best Care lesson to child care providers in 2015

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences programs target county families and individuals to improve and maintain their quality of life. A variety of programs are available to address food and nutrition and healthy cooking; health and aging issues; money management; and family life, including child care and development. Contact Little River County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Celeste Scarborough at 870-898-7224 or cascarborough@uaex.edu for more information.


Photo: Celeste Scarborough conducts Best Care program for day care providers in 2015.

 

Little River County Arkansas members of EHC at 2015 Spring Council

Extension Homemakers Clubs (EHC)

The mission of Arkansas Extension Homemakers is to empower individuals and families to improve quality of living through continuing education, leadership development, and community service. Being an EHC member means belonging to one of the largest adult volunteer organizations in Arkansas. Are you interested in serving your community, learning new skills, and enjoying the fellowship of others?  We currently have two EHC clubs in Little River County and each club has its own personality and interests.  The two clubs are:  Advance EH Club and Arden EH Club.

Community Service projects conducted throughout the year are:  scholarships for graduating seniors in both Ashdown and Foreman; making lap robes and treats to donate to local nursing homes; caps and pillows for cancer patients; preemie caps and blankets for Arkansas Children's Hospital; donations to a variety of local causes.

For more information contact Celeste Scarborough, County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences at 870-898-7224 or cascarborough@uaex.edu.

Photo:  EHC members from Advance and Arden EH Clubs at the December 2014 Christmas Council meeting.

 

County O'Rama 4-H participants in Little River County Arkansas

4-H in Little River County

4-H is the youth development program conducted by the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. 4-H members range in age from 5-19 years and can select from 82 project areas ranging from automotive to clothing to space camp.  The 4-H mission is to provide opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop skills, form attitudes and practice behavior that will enable them to become self-motivated, productive and contributing members of society.

Volunteers are essential to the continued growth and development of a successful 4-H program. A volunteer may be a 4-H parent, relative or friend or a supporter of 4-H.  Volunteers may serve as judges, club or project leaders, chaperons, resource persons or promoters.  They coordinate local community clubs and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state and national 4-H events.

For more information about the 4-H program or how to become a 4-H volunteer contact Sherry Beaty-Sullivan, sbeaty@uaex.edu, or Angie Lewis, alewis@uaex.edu, or call the office at 870-898-7224. 

Photo:   4-H'ers had fun at Little River County O'Rama in April 2015.

2015 4H Impact Report