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
Lonoke County has a much diversified population; 55% live in rural areas and the remainder in the growing urban areas of the county. With this diversity, the Family and Consumer Sciences program of Cooperative Extension is striving to meet the various needs of the clients of Lonoke County. With an adult obesity rate of 34% and a physical inactivity rate of 31%, there is a real need for nutrition and health education. Through nutrition education programs adults in the county have access to educational newsletters and nutritious recipes at local food pantries and public assistance sites each month. Through the SNAP-Ed program 1300 adults received this nutritional information as well as nutritional recipes and 100 families received nutritional information and recipes at the quarterly commodity distribution sites across the county.
Photo: Cook Smart, Eat Smart participants prepare vegetables for one of the many food preparation techniques they learn during the cooking school.
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
Science Education Engages Lonoke County Youth
With America facing a future of intense global competition in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers and a startling shortage of scientists, the National 4-H Council has made a bold goal of engaging one million new youths in science programs by 2013. In 2012, Lonoke County 4-H conducted 54 school enrichment programs reaching over 1,700 youth, volunteer trainings for nine adults, seven after-school programs with over 300 youth contacts, Rice Expo educational activities reaching over 100 youth, and eleven day camps with almost 200 participants. Science programming topics in 4-H included soil profiles, water cycle, scientific method, composting, rocketry, plant science, environmental concerns, microscopes, gardening, forestry, chemical reactions, and the rock cycle.
In addition to 4-H Science programs, Lonoke County also focuses on Citizenship, Leadership, and Healthy Lifestyles programming.
Photo: Second grade students participate in marshmallow engineering 4-H science program
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 havesix 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.