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 Scheduled
County producers and commercial applicators will have the opportunity to dispose of their outdated and unused pesticides during a collection event on Thursday, March 31st from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Perry County Fairgrounds. 124 Hickory Street Perryville, Arkansas 72126
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 Products that will be accepted are outdated, discontinued or unwanted agricultural pesticides.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
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
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: Teen Leaders Build Their Future
Perry County Teen Leaders are using the 4-H "Building Your Future" curriculum to help
bridge the gap from 4-H main projects to selecting the best classes in high school,
colleges, and career paths. They work through one lesson at the beginning of each
monthly meeting. This is a great tool for teens in planning their academic and career
Photo: Teens using "Building Your Future" curriculum during monthly meeting