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 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 Perry County Extension Office is at your service!
Drought Stresses County Farmers
Drought struck Perry County during the summer of 2012. In response to the impending
disaster, a multi-prong approach was taken in order to educate producers in how to
manage their forages and herds. Through the regional and county drought conferences,
over 80% of the producers representing over 15,000 of the counties forage acres, received
needed information to make drought management decisions for their operations. The
county was able to establish its first 300 days grazing demonstration which will show
producers how to manage forages, especially during drought. The cooperating producer
was able to graze her animals for two months longer than other producers in the area.
Drought related information was the most requested educational material. This helped
producers make decisions that prevented cattle loss throughout the county as compared
to statewide averages.
Photo: Cooperating rancher using 300 Days of Grazing guidelines
Leaders Step Up to the Challenge
The Perry County Cooperative Extension Office met with the Perry County Area Chamber
of Commerce in order to determine how to promote economic development and develop
leadership in the organization and among the county's businesses. As a result of the
collaborative work of the Perry County Extension Office and the partner organization,
32 business professionals were trained on working with tourists, 15 professionals
came together to produce a strategic plan for the Chamber of Commerce, and 6 professionals
took on new leadership positions. In addition, there are an additional 15 business
owners now participating in the development process.
Photo: Group of Perry County business leaders developing their leadership skills
It's Never too Late to Get Fit
The Perry County Extension Office instituted a program to address some of these fitness
needs Numerous classes were held for Senior 60+ Residents, who indicated that the
Fit in 10 Program offered specific information on physical activities geared to decrease
Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Arthritis, and Pulmonary Disease was beneficial
to them and has also been proven to be associated with Positive Psychological benefits
such as decreased depression. Many stated that they felt more rested, had better balance,
and slept more restfully. Because of the success of this program, other fitness programs
will be initiated such as Walk Across Arkansas and Aging in Place. Additionally, nutrition
courses will be added in order to provide a more complete approach to healthy living.
Photo: Participant learning balance skills while Getting Fit in Ten
4-H: A Driving Force in Youth Development
Perry County's 4-H program is for all youth between the ages of 5 and 19. We currently
have 270 members which is 20% of all eligible youth in the county. We have a variety
of community and special interest clubs with something for everyone. Member projects
range from Public Speaking to Land Judging to Health and Fitness Leadership. We are
pleased to take a leadership role in the recycling programs in Perry County and our
members are actively involved in community service, leadership, and a wide array of
projects. Our goal is to offer the opportunity to each eligible youth to become involved
in the University of Arkansas' Youth Development Program.
Photo: 4-H youth display a printer recycling box as part of the county wide recycling program