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 2016 "Kick it Into Clover Drive"
"Kick it Into Clover Drive" was the theme for the Pike County 4-H Awards Program and Banquet, held on March 12, with over 70 in attendance. Andy, of the Caddo River Gems Club and Maria, of the Delight Helping Hands led the ceremonies.
A video of the National Legacy Award Nominee, Heather, of the Caddo River Gems, was shown. She was one of 250 youth nominated for this prestigious award. Avonne Petty, 4-H Program Assistant, presented the Pike County Bred Heifer Breeder Award to Ryann. During the Pike County Fair, 40 4-H'ers sewed quilt blocks for two Quilt of Valor quilts, member Malaya sewed them together and former 4-H Leader, Yvonne Edwards, quilted them. These 2 quilts were presented to Heather and Ryann's fathers to honor their service in the armed forces. Both Heather and Ryann were State officers last year.
Beginner awards went to Morgan in the Beef project, Malaya in Fabrics and Fashion, Alex in Family Life, Baylie in Beef, Jaxon in Safety and Kent in Technology and Engineering. Intermediate awards were presented to Ashley in the Strengthening Families project area, Andy in Gardening and Horticulture, and Megan in Arts and Humanities. Taylor was an advanced award winner in Foods and Nutrition and Maria was an advanced winner in the Veterinary Science program. Taylor and Maria are both State Record Book winners of $1500 scholarships and trips to the National 4-H Congress.
Cloverbud medallions were awarded to Alex, Gracie, Thomas, Gracie, Holden, and Destini. A silver tray was presented by EHC President, Jeanette Deaton, to Ashley for her work in her Family Life project. County Extension Agent, Terrell Davis, presented the Boy and Girl of the Year Awards to the following: Kent, Baylie, Andy, Megan, Taylor and Maria. The "Go Getter" award went to Megan, of the Diamond City Club.
A great photo booth featuring the "Kick it Into Clover Drive" was constructed with the help of Taylor and was available for pictures.
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 attending the annual Awards Program and Banquet.
Pike County Agriculture
Hay waste can be a costly, but controllable issue for cattlemen. Feed costs typically account for the largest portion of a cattle operation's budget. Wisely choosing the method of feeding hay can save many area producers money and time.
In a recent study, unprotected hay bales had a very high amount of waste. Due to damage from livestock such as trampling, bedding, and defecation, 40% of the bale was not consumed by the cattle. In comparison, 6% of hay bales in a ring feeder were not consumed. Drought and poor quality forages this past summer made quality hay a precious commodity. To learn more about how to save time and money during winter feeding call the Pike County Extension office at 870-285-2161.
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.