Welcome To The
Pike 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 Pike County Extension Office is at your service!
Pike County Sweeps Sew With Cotton Contest
The Sew With Cotton Contest is sponsored by Farm Bureau and is held during their annual convention at the Convention Center, in Little Rock. Each county may send one contestant to the contest in adult divisions of Dressy Cotton Ensemble and Cotton Sportswear. Junior divisions are: Dressy Cotton Ensemble and Cotton Sportswear / School Wear. A special category is for clothing made for someone else. The Quilt / Wall Hanging category was new this year. Both the Special and Quilt / Wall Hanging categories are open to both youth and adults. Garments must be made by the contestant and must be 100 percent cotton fabric.
Shown first in the photo, is Yvonne Edwards, holding her second place bargello baby quilt, in shades of purple fabric. Her prize was $250.00. Tracy Lamb is next in the photo and winner in the adult division, with brown corduroy jeans and a print open collar blouse. Tracy knitted a red and green shawl and leggings, which could be reversed to compliment her outfit. The third contestant from our county was Maria, a member of our Pike County's 4-H, and winner in the junior division. Maria made brown gauchos and a printed western shirt, which featured yokes and a band down the front, edged with brown piping. Both Tracy and Maria received $400.00 in prize money and a Husqvarna Viking serger, valued at $700.00.
For more information about entering this contest next year, please contact Eva Langley, at email@example.com. For more information on how to be a 4-Her, please contact Avonne Petty at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office number is 870-285-2161.
Photo: Pike County in 2015 Sew With Cotton Contest. Yvonne holding Quilt and Tracy and Maria holding serger.
Pike County Agriculture
Hay waste can be a costly, but controllable issue for cattlemen. Feed costs typically account for the largest portion of a cattle operation's budget. Wisely choosing the method of feeding hay can save many area producers money and time.
In a recent study, unprotected hay bales had a very high amount of waste. Due to damage from livestock such as trampling, bedding, and defecation, 40% of the bale was not consumed by the cattle. In comparison, 6% of hay bales in a ring feeder were not consumed. Drought and poor quality forages this past summer made quality hay a precious commodity. To learn more about how to save time and money during winter feeding call the Pike County Extension office at 870-285-2161.
Pike County Family & Consumer Sciences
SERVING UP MY PLATE AND FARM TO YOU: Healthy eating and regular physical activity play a powerful role in preventing obesity and chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer and stroke - the three leading causes of death among adults aged 18 years or older. In an effort to turn the trend, the University of Arkansas Extension has provided a nutrition curriculum, "Serving Up My Plate," to local schools. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn't about short-term dietary changes. It's about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses. The "Serving Up My Plate" curriculum gives students a good overview of nutrition, exercise, portion size, and the rewards of making good food decisions. In addition to the classroom lessons, food tastes samples are provided with each of the four lessons to encourage students to try new foods that both taste good and are good for them. A "Farm to You" walk-through exhibit is scheduled and set up for each participating school to reinforce the classroom lessons. This curriculum is a great step in helping Pike County make healthy choices!
Photo of Children learning about food, in the Farm to You walk through exhibit. For more information on Serving Up My Plate, Farm to You, Healthy eating choices, or Exercise, contact Eva Langley at 870-285-2161 or email@example.com.
SAFETY REMINDER: Canner Dial Gauges Should Be Checked Annually
For more information on Food Preservation and Upcoming Classes,
Call 870-285-2161 or email Eva Langley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Jam and Jelly Class Photo: Canner Pressure Gauge Check
Pike County Extension Homemakers
Our Pike County EHC Clubs work together to provide school supplies, backpacks, and healthy baby baskets for local families and children through a partnership with the Pike County Department of Human Services and the Pike County Health Department. The Arkansas Children's Hospital receives 'boggins and pajama bottoms made by members throughout the year. Care Packages were assembled and delivered to the Little Rock Ronald McDonald House as part of this year's county-wide community service project.
Photo: Pike County EHC members attended the 2015 Spring AEHC Meeting
EHC Document Links
Pike County EHC Brochure English
Child Care Provider Program
Pike County offers 3 types of Child Care Provider classes for providers to earn credit hours through Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways (TAPP) registry.
(1) Best Care classes are offered annually in a classroom setting held in Nashville, Arkansas in January and February. Child care providers can receive up to 10 hours of credit by attending these classes.
(2) Best Care Connected is an online course that provides five hours of verified training through the TAPP Registry. The areas of emphasis include: Child Development, Health, Nutrition, and Resource Management. To sign up go to http://courses.uaex.edu.
(3) Guiding Children Successfully is offered through DVDs and handouts for up to 30 hours credit and is available at no charge through the County Extension Office.
Photo: Eva Langley, CEA-FCS teaching Best Care classes conducted by Pike, Howard and Sevier Counties held in Nashville.