Welcome to the
Marion 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 Marion County Extension Office is at your service!
Need to dispose of some pesticides safely and environmentally friendly? Marion County will be holding a FREE Pesticide collection on October 31st at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Please drop off your old, unwanted pesticides anonymously between 8 am and 1 pm. For more information please contact our Agriculture Agent at 870-449-6349.
Photo: Stop sign warning of pesticides.
Marion County Extension features Mediterranean Cooking Schools
The Mediterranean Diet is associated with lower risk of heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes and obesity. This is achieved by centering their food choices around fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and legumes; seasoning with olive oil and flavorful herbs and spices; choosing fish and seafood a few times a week; and eating poultry, eggs, cheese, and yogurt in moderation; as well as only eating sweets and red meat occasionally. Traditional Mediterranean Foods are fresh, local and minimally processed. Enjoying meals with family, friends and a glass of red wine is part of the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Learn more about Mediterranean Diet and how your family can lower the risk of suffering from chronic diseases. You will also learn to make delicious, traditional recipes from France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan. For more information please contact the Marion County Extension office.
Photo: Mediterranean Cooking class participates
Youth Learning to Lead
According to local leaders, community organizations are experiencing a decline in membership collection of funds needed to operate their organizations. This reduction in membership has reduced the number of people who are willing and able to step into leadership roles. Many will not step into leadership roles without some prior experience or training.
In response to the request of local leaders, an advisory board was formed and funds were raised to kick-off a youth leadership program for ninth grade students in Marion County. This program has been working steadily for 15 years to teach leadership skills to students who wish to improve their lives through leadership training.
Over 260 youth have been involved in monthly sessions that focus on communication and teamwork, leadership development, personal development and self-management. Youth have also planned and conducted service projects in their schools and/or communities. The "hands-on" program prepares the students to step into leadership roles and take action in their community.
Leadership training results will not be fully realized until these youth have moved on into their adulthood. However, there are immediate results that are already being seen as students take on leadership roles in their school organizations. Graduates of the program have served as President of FBLA, Cheer Captain, Secretary of Interact, Class Secretary, Vice President of Interact, Student Council Junior Class Representative and Student Body President, Senior Class President, Foreign Language Club Treasurer, Editor of school paper, and many more. As these students move into adult world, they will continue to use the skills that they have learned and practiced.
Photo: Youth Leaders at Youth Leadership Graduation
What is 4-H County Council?
The Marion County 4-H program is made up of several different 4-H clubs that meet in different locations throughout Marion County. Once a month each club sends a club adult leader and youth to represent their club at the County Council meeting. The representatives are appointed or elected by their club. All 4-H members and leaders are encouraged to join us! The Council plans county wide activities such as fund raisers, community service projects, educational programs and recruitment activities. Once a year the Council holds an election to elect Council officers. Offices are president, vice president, secretary and reporter. The youth elected to these offices are responsible for conducting the county council meeting. The Council is advised by the county extension agents and the adult leaders. At each Council meeting a business meeting is conducted according to Robert's Rules of order using parliamentary procedure. Fun team building activities are incorporated into the meeting to help build leadership and team work amongst the Council.
If you are interested in joining 4-H please contact the Marion County Extension Office for more information.
Photo: 2016 4-H County Council Members.