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.
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.
John W. White Outstanding County Extension Educator Award Presented to Carla Hadley
We are proud to announce that our very own Carla Hadley, Miller County Staff Chair,
was presented with the prestigious John W. White Outstanding County Extension Educator
award. Carla has been recognized at the local, state and national levels for her work
in youth development, community development, financial management, efforts to improve
health and nutrition and many other areas. She is widely known as the agent who works
tirelessly to provide an extremely well-balanced education program for her county
and who works well with other agencies to provide the best available resources for
Miller County residents.
The Miller, Little River, and Hempstead County Cooperative Extension Services will
be conducting a free child care training on Saturday, January 28, 2017 starting at
9:00 AM. Please bring your own lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.
Topics Include: Two Bite Club;Grow It, Try It, Like It (2 Parts);Active Play; Child
Care Prepared: Disaster Preparedness; Effective Communication Skills;Classroom Transitions;Let's
Sing ... Do, Re, Mi!;Celebrating Cultures: Activities and Resources for the Multicultural
Classroom; and Infant and Toddler Literacy
Family & Consumer Sciences Empowering Healthier
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
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.
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
The First Southwest Annual Row Crop meeting this morning at Big Jake's BBQ. We discussed
corn, wheat, soybeans, and rice. Our thanks go to Green Point Ag for sponsoring the
meal and to everyone who came out. It was a great meeting.
The Veterinary Feed Directive goes into effect in January 2017 and will have a big
effect on how you feed your show animals. Call for details on how this directive will
affect your show barn. Learn more in our Animal Science E-Newsletter below.
Jennifer Caraway, along with retired Miller County agent Doug Petty and NRCS agents
Roger Gold and Seth Crow, scouted Sulfur River for buffalo gnats. We went December
19, 2016 and again January 10, 2017.
Livestock producers along the SW part of Miller County did not receive any damage
during the FY08 year as a result of successful surveys and treatments of the buffalo
gnat program. In years when the program was not in effect, livestock producers lost
42 calves, 2 cows, 12 horses and over $750,000 in productivity. Local industry has
also lost over $500,000 in production.
This year there was no significant damage due to one timely treatment to the entire
42 miles of river at a cost of $15,000 in pesticides. A second application was conducted
to control local hot spots, identified through special sampling techniques and treatment
with a low rate of a larvacide. This was an reduced rate trial in cooperation with
Dr. Kelly Loftin. The larvae was sampled, evaluated by age and population, marked
by GPS equipment, then treated with a ¼ rate of bt by an injection system. Two 5
mile sections of river were treated, preventing the need of an additional full treatment.
Through timing and river management almost $10,000 was saved in pesticide costs than
had been needed in past years. Sampling of the river before and after each treatment,
showed an excellent reduction of larvae by 96%.
Programs on "Buffalo Gnats and Their Control" was also conducted to 46 livestock produces
and coordinated treatments through 3 committee meetings.
Photos below are of Jennifer and Doug checking debris for larvae in January and Jennifer
bundled up against the freezing cold in December.
Find out more about the Buffalo Gnat Program in Miller County below:
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,
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.
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.