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!

Group of boys & girls standing in front of a dam while attending 4-H day at the lake

Pike County 4-H

Pike County 4-H members learned about county government from elected officials during "4-Hers Stand Up For America Day." A very small percentage of eligible people vote in elections. This day provided a study of our government and the voting process for 24 youth and 16 adults. Twenty county officials and resource people presented programs about the origin of and respect for our flags, requirements of voting, the Preamble of the Constitution and the Star Spangled Banner. We visited the county courthouse and each official explained about his or her office and duties. Participants had been "pre-registered" to vote and were allowed to use a voting machine to vote in a mock election. One parent summed up the program this way; "My children were familiar with patriotism because of their father's military service in Iraq but this program allowed them to also see patriotism through public service jobs." For more information on 4-H, call 870-285-2161 or email apetty@uaex.edu.


Photo: 4-H Program Assistant, Avonne Petty, with 4-H youth at the Pike County Courthouse.

Hay bales lying in a hay field

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. 

 

4H program assistant sitting at desk

Pike County Family & Consumer Science

Early childhood professionals train annually to remain in compliance with the Arkansas Early Childhood Professional Development System. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Family and Consumer Sciences specialists and county agents make it convenient for providers to receive that training. This training ensures providers learn what they need to know to offer quality child care to the state's more than 142,670 children under the age of six years, needing child care because their parents work outside the home. A variety of topics are discussed during the program, including time management skills and organizing important papers. During the food and nutrition unit, providers learn how to protect children from foodborne illness by purchasing and safely storing healthy food options. For more on Best Care Training, family food and nutrition, or family consumer issues, call 870-285-2161 or email Eva Langley at elangley@uaex.edu.


Photo: Pike County's new Family & Consumer Science Agent, Eva Langley.