Photo: Perry County Extension Office
Welcome To The
Perry County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service's statewide network. 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, gardening, healthy lifestyles, family, child development, food safety, food preservation, nutrition, or community development, the Perry County Extension Office is at your service!
Perry County Agriculture
Pesticide Collection Event
County producers and commercial applicators will have the opportunity to dispose of their outdated and unused pesticides. Call our county office for the next scheduled event.
The pesticide collection is free and is made available through funding from the Arkansas Abandoned Pesticide Trust Fund. Products that will be accepted are outdated, discontinued or unwanted agricultural pesticides. These pesticides may include older products that are more toxic, such as arsenicals, DDT, silvex, heptachlor, dieldrin, lindane, and toxaphene.
Many old pesticides cannot legally be used or disposed of through usual means, such as landfills. If you have pesticides that fall into this category, plan on bringing your pesticides to this event.
The purpose of this collection is to promote a safer and cleaner environment by reducing the amount of pesticides that could potentially contaminate the drinking water, groundwater, streams, rivers and lakes across the state. To date the pesticide collections have brought in over 790,000 pounds of unwanted materials from 75 counties.
Photo of Workers Disposing of Chemicals
Perry County - A World Away, Right Next Door
In the fall of 2014, Perry County Chamber of Commerce would be given the opportunity to participate in the Uncommon Communities Initiative, This is a community development program for five counties sponsored by the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Community leaders in Perry County decided to move forward with a development process, to begin to address the most pressing issues and greatest opportunities. During this year long process. Perry County leaders developed the economic development brand "Perry County - A World Away, Right Next Door". The brand is gaining acceptance across the county and has even been added to the masthead of the county newspaper.
Photo: Chamber of Commerce holds strategic planning session
Trying Healthy Snacks at Perryville Elementary
Over a four week period in September, the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Mary Jane Cody spent one day a week with Perryville Elementary's Fifth Grade science classes learning about MyPlate, the current nutrition guide published by the USDA. Time was also spent learning to decipher Nutrition Food Labels on food packaging using the Serving Up MyPlate curriculum. This is a very important tool which can be used throughout their lives to determine the nutritional value of food products they will consume.Children reported they taught family members about this tool as they were shopping for their families groceries with family members.
Children prepared and tried healthy, affordable snacks using SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipes including Super Fruit and Spinach Smoothies and Healthy English Muffin Pizzas.
Photo: Fifth grade student prepares her healthy pizza snack using turkey pepperoni,
low-fat cheese and green pepper slices
4-H Injury Prevention Safety Day in Perry County
Perry County's 4-H program sponsored a Safety Fair made possible with a grant from
the Arkansas Department of Health. More than 100 fifth grade students from both county
elementary schools participated at the Perryville City Park on September 15th. Exhibitors
from First Electric Cooperative, Farm Bureau, Arkansas Game & Fish, Arkansas Operation
Lifesaver, Community Service, Inc., University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension's
4-H ATV Safety Team, and the Arkansas Department of Health educated the students on
ways to be safe and reduce the risk of serious injury and or death to themselves and
Photo: First Electric Cooperative educating students on electricity dangers