Welcome To The
Nevada 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 Nevada County Extension Office is at your service!
Nevada County Master Gardeners
The Master Gardener program allows community members interested in volunteerism and
gardening opportunities to learn and serve their communities. Nevada County Master
Gardeners contribute hundreds of service hours to projects in the county including
the Nevada County Courthouse, Nevada County Library, Depot Museum and Extension Office.
Nevada County Master Gardeners contributed 1,896 volunteer hours in 2013 valued at
$41,314 dollars. If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener call our office
Photo: Nevada County Master Gardeners put the finishing touches on their memorial bed at the courthouse.
Nevada County Agriculture
There are 395 farms in Nevada County, with livestock being the major source of farm income. Livestock production in Nevada County is valued at $47 million. Timber is another agriculture commodity in Nevada County which has 323,000 acres, 94% of which is owned by private individuals. Nevada County Extension provides education to local producers preparing them for the challenges they face such as rising input costs, and adverse weather. In 2013 three pasture improvement plans were developed for Nevada County cattle producers using soil test recommendations, forage inventories and weed control best practices. One producer doubled hay production and increased hay value by $120 per acre - $7,200 on one hay meadow. Forage inventories conducted before and after application of recommended herbicides showed 90% weed control. "The amount of hay I was harvesting was steadily declining. After we soil sampled and I followed the recommendations I cut more hay off that one field than I ever had by just putting out chicken litter." Nevada County Producer. Contact us at 870-887-2818 for more information.
Photo: Livestock producers learn best practices from agents and specialists at a beef field day.
Nevada County Family and Consumer Sciences
Helping Arkansans enhance their quality of life through education is the goal of the Nevada County Extension Office's Family and Consumer Sciences programs. The Nevada County SNAP-Ed program made 4,964 educational contacts in this past year alone. This education was conducted through educational displays and educational programming. One of the most successful programs this past year was the “Eating from the Garden” program. The lessons provided hands-on garden activities and nutrition education. Nutrition and health lessons taught included how to read nutrition food labels, what nutrients are needed to be healthy, how to make healthier food choices, how exercise impacts a healthy lifestyle and proper hand washing and produce washing techniques. Survey results revealed that 83% of children talked to their parents about healthy food, 76% of children asked for more/different fruits, vegetables, milk or yogurt, and 67% of families have made healthier changes
Photo: Nevada School students learning healthy eating from the MyPlate curriculum.
Nevada County 4-H
The mission of 4-H is to provide opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, form attitudes, and practice behavior that will enable them to become self directing, productive, and contributing members of society.
One program we offer is the Veterinary Science Project club, which has been conducting educational programs and field trips since 2011. Here's what the participants are saying: "The 4-H Vet Science club teaches good study habits and note-taking, as well as how lecturing will take place in a college atmosphere." The Vet Science Club is helping me build communication skills." "The 4-H Vet Science club is helping me learn how to care for animals." For information about the 4-H Veterinary Science Project Club contact us at 870-887-2818.
Photo: Nevada County 4-H Veterinary Science Club member Brady examines a beef cow embryo using a microscope.