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 4-H
Pike County 4-H members were immersed in a study of our government during Citizenship / Leadership Teen Day, which was conducted by Cooperative Extension Personnel and several resource people. Activities began with a trip to the Pike County Courthouse. The Assessor, County Clerk, and Pike County Judge all gave talks on how our local government operates. 4-H members later enjoyed a dinner with the Quorum Court members and then observed them in action during their monthly meeting. For more information on 4-H, call 870-285-2161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Pike County Judge Don Baker, with 4-H youth at the Pike County Courthouse.
Pike County Agriculture
Feed costs represent the largest production expense of beef production. Underfeeding can be more costly than overfeeding because of impairment of the cow's ability to milk and re-breed caused by poor nutrition, so it is important that farmers get it right. Hay is the largest source of nutrition used in winter diets of cows and is quiet variable in quality. At the hay and winter feed program, producers learned about the factors that affect hay quality and were taught how to supplement their hay to meet animal requirements. Fifteen producers participated and submitted 64 hay samples.
Photo: Hay is the largest source of nutrition in winter diets of cows.
Pike County Family & Consumer Science Food Preservation Classes
Home canning has changed greatly in the 180 years since it was introduced as a way to preserve food. Scientists have found ways to produce safer, higher quality products. With the renewed interest in food preservation and the easy access to untested online recipes, our Food Preservation classes remind us that safe food preservation is truly a science with rules that must be followed. Our summer classes included: Jams and Jellies, Salsa, Water Bath Canning and Pressure Canning.
In addition to canning classes, Pike County Extension offers free testing of gauged pressure canning lids. Just bring your canner lid to the office for testing. This testing should be done on an annual basis.
Call 870-285-2161 or email Eva Langley at email@example.com.
Photo: Summer Jam & Jelly Class - Freezer Jam