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Ouachita County Extension Programs

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.

 

300 Days of Grazing

WareLynn Farm is our Ouachita County 300 Days of Grazing demonstration. Three-hundred days of grazing farm demonstrations were developed using management practices to increase the number of grazing days, reduce the need for nitrogen fertilizer and to improve storing and hay feeding efficiency. Data gained from this demonstration will be used throughout the state to improve grazing and cost in the livestock industry. This demonstration is located at the corner of Highway 79 and Ouachita 88. For more information about 300 Days of Grazing or how you can be involved call the Ouachita County Extension Office at 870-231-1160.

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Lawn and Garden

Ouachita County Extension Office can help you with your lawn and garden needs. The Extension Office can provide you with fertilizer and pesticide recommendatins. Bring an insect, weed or affected plant to have the pest identified and a recommendation to correct the problem will be provided.

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Soil Testing

Are you having problems with plants not growing or producing like expected? Take a soil sample. Take soil from a six inch depth from various places in the garden or yard. Mix all sub samples together and dry the sample. Make sure there are no clumps or vegetation in the soil. Bring about a half quart of the soil into our office located at 2760 Mt. Holly Road in Camden. We will send your sample off to be analyzed. When your results are in we'll send you information on what your soil needs to improve your production.

Ouachita County Master Gardeners

What will the Master Gardener program do for me? Provide continuing education in horticulture topics/issues.Provide hands-on practical and advanced gardening experience.Provide the opportunity to make my community more attractive and eco-friendly.Provide opportunities for fellowship with other gardeners.

What will I do for the Master Gardener program? Become a qualified representative of the organization and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service through my volunteer commitment.Become an advocate for good gardening practices in our group projects as well as in my own garden.Promote eco-friendly landscape design and garden maintenance by example in our Master Gardener landscape projects.Share the knowledge and experience I've gained as a Master Gardener to others (individually and in groups) in our community.

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Pesticide Applicator Training

Private applicators or individuals who use restricted use pesticides to produce agricultural commodoties on property owned or rented by them or their employer. Ouachita County Extension Office offers PAT (pesticide applicator training) classes each year. If you would like to attend a PAT class or would like more information on the class please call the Extension Office at 870-231-1160.

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Family & Consumer Science

Families are important to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. There are many educational opportunities dedicated to strengthening, extending resources and improving diet, nutrition and health of Ouachita County families.

Ouachita Extension Homemakers

The Ouachita County Extension Homemakers are a growing part of the Extension Service in the county. We are always looking for innovative ways to improve the programming efforts as, well as adding membership to the program.

Iindividual Club Participation:

  • Fairview
  • Friendly Neighbors
  • Harmony Grove
  • Maul
  • Nite Birds

If you are interested in becoming a member contact Candace Carrie' for more information.

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Strong Women and Men Program

Strong Women & Men is a strength-training program designed for midlife and older women, as well as men.

The Strong Women & Men Program will help you:

  • Increase your strength
  • Increase your endurance
  • Increase your balance
  • Increase your flexibility
  • You will look and feel better!!

The Strong Women & Men Program is an evidence-based strength-training program developed by the staff of the John Hancock Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University that has been adapted for use with the U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.

Classes are held in various locations in Camden and Chidester. Contact Candace Carrie', 870-231-1160 or ccarrie@uaex.edu.

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The Best Care

The Best Care program is a training program for childcare providers.  The Best Care classes fulfill the annual state requirement of ten hours of instruction for licensed childcare providers.  For information about the next scheduled program, email ccarrie@uaex.edu or call the Ouachita County Cooperative Extension office today.

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 Guiding Children Successfully

Guiding Children Successfully (GCS) is a new series of free video lessons available for loan through the Ouachita County Extension Office to parents and child care providers. The series is produced by the Arkansas Education Television Network (AETN) in partnership with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (UACES). Dr. Wally Goddard, Family Life Specialist, hosts the 12 part series. In the series Dr. Goddard addresses topics ranging from motivating children to teaching children responsibility.

There is a self-study program based around the series that can be used by child care providers, parents and educators to receive up to 12 hours of verified training through the Arkansas Early Childhood Professional Development System (AECPDS). The self study materials include learning checks and an evaluation form to help validate engaged effort by each participant.

Contact the Ouachita County Extension Office for more information on viewing or checking out the video tapes. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.

4-H Youth Development

Purpose: The purpose of 4-H is the equal training of the head, heart, hands, and health.

Emblem: A 4-leaf clover with the letter "H" on each leaf.

What do the four H's represent?
   The equal training of the head, heart, hands and health.
For what is the head trained?
   To think, to plan and to reason.
For what is the heart trained?
   To be kind, true and sympathetic.
For what are the hands trained?
   To be useful, helpful and skillful.
For what is the health trained?
   To resist disease, enjoy life and make for efficiency.

Pledge:

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
My heart to greater loyalty,
My hands to larger service, and
My health to better living for my club,
My community, My country and My world.

Motto: To make the best better.

Colors: Green and White

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Community and Economic Development

Ouachita County Extension personnel work with business and community leaders, local government officials as well as residents to strengthen the county through research-based education. Extension programs such as LeadAR help grow future leaders. While other things such as Rural Profile and Policy Development can help assist local government. The Arkansas Procurement Center helps local businesses bid on government contracts. Local Extension Service agents help establish farmers market and educate on Policy development and Ballot issues.

 

 

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300 Days of Grazing

WareLynn Farm is our Ouachita County 300 Days of Grazing demonstration. Three-hundred days of grazing farm demonstrations were developed using management practices to increase the number of grazing days, reduce the need for nitrogen fertilizer and to improve storing and hay feeding efficiency. Data gained from this demonstration will be used throughout the state to improve grazing and cost in the livestock industry. This demonstration is located at the corner of Highway 79 and Ouachita 88. For more information about 300 Days of Grazing or how you can be involved call the Ouachita County Extension Office at 870-231-1160.

Photo: Goat herd grazing on turnip demonstration plot.

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Ouachita County Master Gardeners

What will the Master Gardener program do for me? Provide continuing education in horticulture topics/issues.Provide hands-on practical and advanced gardening experience.Provide the opportunity to make my community more attractive and eco-friendly.Provide opportunities for fellowship with other gardeners.

What will I do for the Master Gardener program? Become a qualified representative of the organization and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service through my volunteer commitment.Become an advocate for good gardening practices in our group projects as well as in my own garden.Promote eco-friendly landscape design and garden maintenance by example in our Master Gardener landscape projects.Share the knowledge and experience I've gained as a Master Gardener to others (individually and in groups) in our community.

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Strong Women

Strong Women and Men is a low impact strength training program designed to increase strength, endurance, balance and flexibility in older adults. Many participants have reported that this program has allowed them to remain in their homes and living independently as they age.  Ashley Carroll CEA Health and Nutrition

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Ouachita Extension Homemakers

The Ouachita County Extension Homemakers are a growing part of the Extension Service in the county. We are always looking for innovative ways to improve the programming efforts as, well as adding membership to the program.

Individual Club Participation: Fairview, Friendly Neighbors, Harmony Grove, Maul, Nite Birds. If you are interested in becoming a member contact Candace Carrie' for more information.

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Pulaski County Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in gardening to learn and serve their communities. In Pulaski County, Master Gardeners volunteer on 29 public garden projects ranging from a wildflower demonstration garden at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, to a vegetable garden at Historic Arkansas Museum and butterfly garden at the Amy Sanders Library in Sherwood. Interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Pulaski County? Contact Beth Phelps, CEA-Staff Chair at the Pulaski County Office.Learn more about the Pulaski County Master Gardener Program

Photo: Peanuts harvested from the Historic Arkansas Museum Garden - Pulaski County Master Gardener Project of the Year 2013.