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 Judge Don Baker, with 4-H youth at the Pike County Courthouse during Citizenship Leadership Day.

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 apetty@uaex.edu.


Photo: Pike County Judge Don Baker, with 4-H youth at the Pike County Courthouse.

Hay bales lying in a hay field

Pike County Agriculture

Soil fertility management: Winter is a good time to correct imbalances in pH. Soil fertility and pH will take several months, so it is wise to check lime requirements before next year's growing season. Collect at least 15 sub-samples then submit one composite sample to the county extension office.

Ration formulation: Different classes of cattle and cows at different stages of pregnancy have different nutritional requirements and different hays provide different levels of energy and protein. We do a lot of rations for producers to tailor their supplemental feed to what is provided in their hay. Hay testing is available and is the most accurate way to plan. Average values for hay can be used, but cattle should be watched closely for changes in body condition if you go that route. 


Photo: Hay is the largest source of nutrition in winter diets of cows. 

 

 Ladies in black aprons standing behind table filled with jelly making equipment and supplies.

Pike County Family & Consumer Sciences  

FOOD PRESERVATION: Whether you are a beginner just wanting to learn the basics of food preservation or have been canning for years and want to learn the latest research, you will enjoy learning the processes of both water bath canning and pressure canning in Pike County’s 2015 Food Preservation Classes. Enjoy good company and good results in our Jams, Jellies, Salsa, Pickling, and Pressure Canning classes. Watch your local newspapers, the UAEX Pike County Facebook page, and this website for dates and times for upcoming classes. 

SAFETY REMINDER: A pressure canner is essential for canning low-acid vegetables, meats, fish and poultry. There are two basic types of pressure canners, one has a metal weighted gauge and the other has a dial gauge to indicate the pressure inside the canner. It is important to have the dial gauge tested every year and to do a check of any seals to make sure they are in good condition for another year of canning. Make sure you are getting the safest product from your efforts by calling the Pike County Extension Office to schedule a test of the dial pressure gauge. There is no charge for this service.

Call 870-285-2161 or email Eva Langley at elangley@uaex.edu.


Photo: Jam and Jelly Class

 

Pike County EHC

Pike County Extension Homemakers 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.  Arkansas Children's Hospital receives 'boggins and pajama bottoms that the members make throughout the year and personal care packages were prepared for Little Rock McDonald's House as a part of this year's community service project.  

Pike County EHC Brochure EHC Document Links

EHC Newsletter - March 2015

EHC Newsletter - January 2015