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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!

 

Maria and Taylor attend the National 4-H Congress

Pike County members attend National 4-H Congress

Maria and Taylor pose for a photograph while attending the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. They won this trip with their 4-H Record Books. Maria is in the Veterinary Science project area and Taylor is in the Foods and Nutrition category. They will also receive 4-H scholarships. Both are active members of the Delight Helping Hands Club. 

For more information on how to be a 4-Her, please contact Avonne Petty at apetty@uaex.edu. Our office number is 870-285-2161.

Photo: Maria and Taylor pose for a picture while attending the National 4-H Congress.  

 

A musk thistle seedhead

Pike County Agriculture

 Controlling Cool Season Weeds

 

The first cutting of hay in the late spring does not have to be considered a trash cutting. Preparing now for a weed free field can result in quality hay and pastures all season long. Join us on December 20, 2016 for a Controlling Cool Season Weeds program. This 2 hour presentation will be a the Pike Co CES office at 10:00 am and again at 6:00 pm. To preregister for this FREE program call 870-285-2161. 

Photo: Musk thistle seedheads produce hundreds of potential thistles in many Pike Co. fields. 

 

 

 "Farmer Eva" brings fresh food tastes to Headstart preschoolers.

Pike County Family & Consumer Sciences 

LANA the Iguana Preschool Nutrition Program:  LANA (Learning About Nutrition through Activities) is research-based curriculum that encourages children to taste, eat and enjoy a greater variety of fruits and
vegetables.  Children in the four Pike County CADC Headstart Centers are given opportunities to taste fresh fruits and vegetables through monthly teacher-led  nutrition activities and with visits from Pike County FCS agent Eva Langley, aka  ‘Farmer Eva”.

Sweet potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, and apricots are some of the foods introduced in this program.  These LANA foods were chosen because they are high in nutrients, they are different from those that many children already get (but yet they are foods that are still easy for families to find and afford), and they are foods that are easy to prepare in a variety of ways. 

For more information on school nutrition programs, healthy eating choices, or exercise classes, contact Eva Langley at 870-285-2161 or elangley@uaex.edu

 Photo caption:  "Farmer Eva" on her way to offer local preschoolers a fresh taste of broccoli. 

 Pike County Members at District Fair posing for photo on decorative bales of hay

Pike County Extension Homemakers

Recording local history is this year's county-wide EHC community service project. Individual clubs meet locally each month to work on service projects and to learn more about that month's educational topic.  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.  If you would like to join an existing EHC club or start a new club in your community, contact Eva Langley at 285-2161 or elangley@uaex.edu.

Photo: Pike County EHC members attended the Spring AEHC Meeting

 

 

Eva Langley, Pike County FCS Agent, teaching Best Care ClassChild 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.