Welcome To The
Lonoke 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 Lonoke County Extension Office is at your service!
Family and Consumer Sciences
Food preservation is making a dramatic comeback. The past few years has seen an increased interest in home canned foods without the preservatives and added sugar and sodium of processed foods. Lonoke County Extension Office has food preservation classes each year during the spring months. Whether you are a beginner just wanting to learn the basics or have been canning for years and want to learn the latest research you will enjoy the water bath canning, pressure canning, and pickling workshops. Also remember that it is important to have your pressure canner tested yearly to make sure you are getting the safest product from your efforts. Watch your local newspapers and this website for dates and times for this year’s classes.
Photo: Water bath canning workshop participants make strawberry jelly during the hands-on food preservation class.
Weed Resistance Management
Lonoke County has over 371,423 acres dedicated to agriculture production. Controlling weeds in all crops is the biggest impediment to profitable agricultural production. Weed resistance management is one key strategy in attacking these pests with tactics of crop rotation, new technology, better application of herbicides, and educating producers on all aspects of weed control in Lonoke County.
In addition to this program, Lonoke County Extension Office has many programs designed to maximize profitability of producers.
Photo: Researchers test for weed resistance strains in Lonoke County
Veterinary Science 4-H Club a Big Hit
Lonoke County 4-H Veterinary Science special interest club was created last spring, and youth have hit the ground running! With anywhere from 8 to 12 youth per meeting, participants have increased knowledge in the area of dog, cat, and livestock breeds, safe animal handling procedures, knot tying, and animal vital signs. A Veterinary Technician came to visit with them about the general career path, and about the Vet Tech program available through Arkansas State University - Beebe. Program participants also had the opportunity to watch a horse farrier at work! If you are interested in Veterinary Science, or any other 4-H program, contact us.
Photo: Veterinary Science program participants observe a farrier at work.
Lonoke County citizens take responsibilities, duties, and obligations seriously. The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service responds to our clients' needs by offering programs such as Lonoke Leadership and LEADAR to recognize potential local, county, and state leaders. Since 2006 Lonoke Leadership has graduated an average of 30 current or volunteer leaders each year. Leaders include a state senator, five state representatives, a court of appeals judge, two district judges, five mayors, five farmers, and various other leaders in Lonoke and surrounding counties. Currently we have six LEADAR graduates active in Lonoke County.
Urgent public issues are researched by the Public Policy Institute to produce non-biased ballot issue publications. Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center provides assistance to county businesses in securing contracts with state, regional, and national vendors who supply government agencies. Local and county leaders are given resources on demographic changes, tax revenue trends, per capita income shifts, and regional comparisons of taxation and revenues.