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 youth took advantage of many learning opportunities to combat the boredom of summer break. Utilizing summer day camp opportunities offered by the Lonoke County Extension office, they learned new skills in cooking and sewing. Others took the opportunity to learn about the care of children in a Babysitting Basic camp. Approximately 85 youth were involved in learning basic cooking techniques, beginning and advanced sewing skills, and entrepreneurial skills to run a babysitting business. With the help of Extension Homemaker volunteers, a total of six two-day camps were offered beginning in late June and continuing throughout the month of July. These camps, along with a Fun with 4-H camp and a shooting sports camp, are offered every summer. Watch for next year’s dates beginning in late March.
Photo: Lonoke County youth prepare their lunch at one of the the Fun in the Kitchen cooking day camps this summer.
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 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.