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
Making the most of our food dollars
Perry County residents struggle to stretch food dollars just like everyone else. For eligible participants SNAP benefits are available to families to purchase grocery items. Families which are SNAP eligible make the most of their food dollars through educational information available through the following Extension Partnerships:
- Right Bite educational exhibits and newsletters at the DHS Office and Perry County Health Unit’s WIC Office
- Weekly classes conducted by the County FCS Agent at Perryville Elementary by the FCS Agent
- A series of classes conducted at Anne Watson Elementary by the FCS Agent
- Recipe Demonstrations at Partners for Progress Food Pantry
Photo: Kindergarten students from PES choose to "Pick a Better Snack"
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