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!

Hall of Fame winner Heather, Teen Star Maria, State Hall of Fame finalist Ryann

Pike County 4-H

Pike County is proud to have Heather of the Caddo River Gems club as the winner of this year's Arkansas 4-H Hall of Fame Award. Her main project has been leadership with an emphasis on educating the public on being prepared for natural disasters. She was the recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community award, the Arkansas KARK TV award, Arkansas 4-H State Officer and numerous other awards.

Maria was recently selected as an Arkansas Teen Star. She is a member if the Delight Helping Hands and her main project is Veterinary Science, with over 500 hours as five year 4-H Veterinary Assistant. In May, she competed in the Central States Peruvian Horse Show, where she won Reserved Grand Champion.

Ryann was one of four finalist for the Hall of Fame award and belongs to the Delight Bulldogs club. Livestock has been her main project and she is currently an Area Vice President of the Arkansas Junior Cattlemen's Association. She has been a State Fair Ambassador for 5 years and serves as an Arkansas 4-H State Officer.

These 4-Hers have won numerous other awards for their hard work and talents. Pike County appreciates their contributions to benefit Arkansas 4-H and making a difference in the lives of others. For more information on being a 4-Her, call 870-285-2161 or email apetty@uaex.edu.

Photo: Pike County State Winners. Heather - Hall of Fame winner, Maria - Teen Star, and Ryann - Hall of Fame finalist. 

Flock of chickens in the backyard pen.

Pike County Agriculture

Backyard poultry flocks are very popular now but owners should be aware of bio security precautions since high pathogenic Avian influenza has been diagnosed in several states, including Arkansas. Avian Influenza, commonly known as "bird flu", is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A Influenza viruses. The disease is carried by many wild bird species including migratory waterfowl like ducks and geese, which show few if any clinical signs of the disease. Influenza in birds is very contagious and can cause severe illness and death in domestic species such as chickens and turkeys. The potential losses and costs associated with outbreaks make it extremely important for the poultry producer and small poultry flock owner to protect their flocks against Avian Influenza and other diseases by using Bio security practices such as: Keep "No Visitors" signs posted at the entrance of the farm and enforce this by not allowing visitors on the farm or in the poultry houses. All farm personnel should wear separate clothing on the farm and these clothes should stay on the farm. Do not visit other poultry farms or flocks or have contact with other species of birds. Keep all poultry houses securely locked. All equipment, crates, coops, etc. should be thoroughly disinfected before and after use. Do not visit areas where Avian Influenza is a problem. If you have poultry on your farm that are sick or dying, see any unusual signs in your poultry, would like more bio security tips or have questions concerning Avian Influenza, contact your veterinarian, livestock inspector, local county agent, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service poultry veterinarian (479-957-4245) or the Arkansas State Veterinarians office (501-907-2400).


Photo: Flock of chickens in backyard pen.  

 

 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: Canner Dial Gauges Should Be Checked Annually 

Check Your Pressure Canner Gauge Reminder

For more information on Food Preservation and Upcoming Classes,

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


Photo: Jam and Jelly Class        Photo: Canner Pressure Gauge Check       

 

2015 Pike County Members at Spring AEHC Meeing

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 

EHC Newsletter - June 2015

EHC Newsletter - April 2015

EHC Newsletter - March 2015

EHC Newsletter - January 2015