Welcome to the
Miller County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
Who Are We?
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 lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Miller County Extension Office is at your service.
The Miller County Extension Office will be closed December 23rd through January 2nd in celebration of Christmas and New Year's Day. We wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!
What Does Extension Do?
Never heard of the Extension Service? Not sure what we do? Completely confused by organizational purposes, missions, goals and objectives? OK, check out this video for an overview of some of the things we do.
Here are a couple of the things we have been doing in Miller County. Check out our Programs page for upcoming events, Newsletter page for the latest news, and Articles page for public service announcements regarding events.
Family & Consumer Sciences Empowering Healthier Residents
Miller County Family & Consumer Sciences
Miller County focuses on helping our residents create healthier lifestyles and chronic disease prevention through multi-session lessons focusing on health and wellness. Educational programs included multi-session cooking schools, cooking demonstrations, educational sessions, educational exhibits, weekly foods articles, and daily social media posts.
Carla Hadley, Miller County Staff Chair/Family & Consumer Sciences Agent
Extension Homemaker Council (EHC)
The Miller County Extension Homemaker Club members and people just like you! They are homemakers, working moms and grandmothers, retired women, etc., who strive to learn everything from A to Z that can help them better themselves financially, improve their family relationships, become healthier, and serve in their communities and neighborhoods.
The Miller County EHC currently has 4 active clubs with approximately 45 members. For more information about the Arkansas EHC, click here.
- Fall District Rally - Presidents' Day - WONDER WOMAN
At our EHC Fall District Rally, Extension Homemaker Club members develop leadership skills that they then bring back to organize activities and events to benefit their communities.
At our Fall District Rally in October, we learned about showing confidence by striking a wonder woman pose.
Miller County Extension Homemaker Club members striking their wonder woman pose
- EHC Leader Training - "POISONS IN THE HOME"
At our September EHC Leader Training, we attempted to see if we could determine the difference between a household item and a poison by simply viewing unopened containers.
It is much more difficult that you might initially expect. Click below for more information on hazardous household products.
Expanded Foods Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
Learn how to stretch your food dollars while feeding your family a delicious and nutritious meal. Want to join a group and learn how to be active and eat healthier? Contact Missy Turnage.
- Eat Smart Be Active at Community Corrections
Missy teaching the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) curriculum - Eat Smart Be Active Get Moving - to participants at the Southwest Arkansas Community Corrections in Texarkana.
Learn more about the program below:
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Miller County Agriculture
The Miller County Extension Service offers numerous programs in agriculture. We offer programs and the latest research-based information regarding livestock and forages, row crops, plant disease diagnoses, soil testing, lawn care, pesticide applicator trainings, demonstrations for fire ants, forages, feral hog control, and much more. We work hard to assist the farmer as well as the homeowner in achieving their crop's fullest potential.
Jennifer Caraway, Miller County Agriculture Agent
Some of the events we have recently offered are:
- Beekeeping Classes
Jon Zawislak, University of Arkansas Apiculturist and EAS Certified Master Beekeeper is teaching us everything we need to begin keeping honey bees safely and successfully at home in this 3-course beekeeping class, November 7, 14 and 21, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Beech Street Baptist Church Family Activity Center, 601 Beech Street, Texarkana, AR.
- Horticulture Workshop
Janet Carson, Extension Horticulture Specialist and State Coordinator of Arkansas Master Gardener Program, teaching at Day 1 of a three-day horticulture workshop in Texarkana.
- Fall Armyworm Demonstration
We sprayed two 2-acre plots for fall armyworms September 1st and have been counting them every 5-7 days to check residual. Here are the results along with advice on how to treat fall armyworms in your yard or pasture.
- Farmers in Miller County
Click HERE to read about the lives of a few of the men and women who produce goods for all aspects of our lives, from the food we eat and clothes we wear, to goods made with byproducts that make our lives better.
4-H Youth Development
Miller County 4-H
Growing 4-H is a top priority in Miller County. Each year we introduce a new generation of youth and leaders to the 4-H program. Through fliers, radio interviews, new clubs, school programs, leader training, and news articles, we are growing our 4-H program.
With the addition of our 4-H Agent, Samantha Kroll, doors are opening and clubs are becoming active and being built around educational and entertaining activities.
Samantha Kroll, Miller County 4-H Agent