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 Enjoy Fun Day
Thirty-one 4-H members and 12 adults enjoyed a great Fun Day on July 20. This was a leadership opportunity for members who plan, prepare for, and conduct workshops. Some of the activities presented by 4-H'ers included: showing equipment to set an animal's broken leg and the advances in veterinary medicines by Morgan, how to make wire pendants using crystals by Baylie, how to make paper airplanes by Kent, showing your individual personality by making sock snowmen with Malaya and Andy presented "Quit Bugging Me" with everyone making a bug. Wilson, of Glenwood, told about making mats for homeless veterans and Justin talked about the history of 4-H.
After lunch the group walked to the Courthouse where they were greeted by Pike County Judge, Dewight Mack. Each officeholder introduced themselves and told about the duties of their offices. The members then visited the County Clerk's office where each member learned the voting process.
A special treat was a visit to the Hawkins store for an ice cream cone. Avonne Petty showed old historical posters and talked about how 4-H was an international organization and showed materials from a Japan 4-H LABO member.
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 4-H members show some of the things made during 2016 Summer Fun Day.
Pike County Agriculture
Recently a producer stated that he did not grow cattle but rather grass. Summer means hay season in Pike County. Feel free to call the Pike County Extension Office at 870-285-2161 with your hay questions.
A few tips that might make you baling and winter feeding planning go a little smoother:
* It typically takes about 30 days for the fermentation process to level off. You may want to wait until then to submit a hay sample for analysis.
* Storing hay out of the weather can greatly reduce the waste of such a precious commodity for cattle producers.
* Consider planting alternative forages in mid to late summer to help extend you grazing season and reduce the amount of hay you need to produce or purchase.
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 caption: 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.
Call 870-285-2161 or email Eva Langley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Spring AEHC Meeting
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.