Extension Educational Programs & Services
Newton County, Arkansas
The Cooperative Extension Service offers a host of educational programs and services. If you do not see what you are looking for below, please contact our county Extension Office for assistance.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Newton County's population includes 40% of residents with a high school or equivalent education. 22% of residents are considered non high school graduates. In Arkansas fewer than 25% of adults and 5.2% of adolescents consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Providing correct and current information is the job of Marsha Horton, County Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences in Newton County. A wide variety of programs are provided by the Newton County Cooperative Extension Service, to aid the citizens of Newton County to make good decisions.
The programs include:
- Health and Aging
- Marriage, Parenting, and Family Life
- Family Resource Management
- Nutrition and Food Safety
Photo: Agent, Marsha Horton, installing newly elected Extension Homemakers' Officers.
The Newton County Extension Clubs are very active in the county and work hard making a difference in our communities. They have provided over 100 children in the county with Christmas gifts and maintain a coat closet for any child in the county that is in need. They work with organizations such as the county Christian Food Room, the local Angel Works program, the Newton County Nursing Home, the Grandma's House program, the Ozark Homeward Bound Project, the Newton County Library, and completely fund the Pauline Cooper Memorial Scholarship for a local deserving youth. If you would like to join a club or create one in your community contact Marsha Horton at 870.446.2240.
Clubs in the county include:
- Deer Lady Bugs Club
- Quilters Club
- Jasper Pioneers Club
- Smith Mountain Club
- Crafters Club
Photo: Newton County EHC members at the 2014 Spring Fling and Guests from the EHC Ozark District
This year Newton County 4-H members were challenged to be the member that received the most points in the educational exhibit building at the 2014 Newton County Fair. This year over 55 4-H members accepted the challenge. The Grand Champion had 152 points and the Reserve Grand Champion had 136 points. Each club had a member that was chosen as their club winner with the most points. A member of the Newton County Cowboy Church presented a check for the Grand and Reserve Grand Champions. Community First Bank gave a check to be shared with all the other winners, for a total of $250.00 in prize money. The number of entries was up 25% in both the Junior and Senior entries in the Educational Building over last year.
Clubs in the county are:
- Jasper Pirate Pride 4-H Leaders Club
- Newton County Livestock 4-H Club
- Compton Busy Beavers 4-H Club
- Mt. Judea Eagle Pride 4-H Club
- Western Grove Warrior Tribe 4-H Club
- Deer Ridge Runner 4-H Club
Photo: 2014 Newton County Fair Challenge Winners
Agriculture is a vital part of Newton County. The Newton County Extension Office provides a wide variety of services and educational programs. Adam Willis is Newton County Agri agent and for more information about the following programs and services contact him at 870.446.2240.
- Agriculture Services
- Soil Testing
- Hay Testing
- Water testing
- Manure analysis
- Plant disease diagnosis
- Plant identification
- Sprayer calibration
- Agriculture Educational Programs
- Home Horticulture Services
Photo: Agent Adam Willis, visits with youth about water quality of Newton County streams and rivers.