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Welcome to the

Polk County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service  

 

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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 Polk County Extension Office is at your service!

Photo: The Polk County Extension Office at the corner of DeQueen and Hickory Streets in Mena.  The original building on this site was destroyed by a tornado in April of 2009.  The county rebuilt the office and it was opened to the public in November of 2011.  

 

Agriculture  

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Beekeeping Info

 Map for Beekeeping Class

 

Polk County 4-H'er makes it to the summit on High Adventure 2015

Polk County 4-H Youth Development

The mission of 4-H is to provide opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, form attitudes, and practice behavior that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. The Polk County 4-H program consists of thirteen community clubs with just over 300 youth as members. This youth development program also reaches students at schools through school enrichment programs.  Membership in 4-H is  free and provides youth and their families with a world of opportunity! Join a 4-H Club today! For a complete list of our community clubs, click here. Follow us on Facebook at Polk County Arkansas 4-H.

Photo: Polk County 4-H member Keilah was one of 6 members of Polk County 4-H who participated in the Arkansas 4-H High Adventure program. 

 

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Carmindy at the Master Gardner Potting Workshop

Horticulture Education and the  Master Gardener Program

Gardening is a popular activity for Polk County residents. Let the Polk County Extension Staff help your garden grow. Whether it is variety selection, insect or disease identification, soil testing, canning, freezing, or preserving your bounty, the Polk County Extension Staff can help you become a better gardener. If you want to really learn how to garden, consider becoming a Master Gardener! The Master Gardeners not only learn, but also volunteer. During the 2012 program year, 33 Polk  County Master Gardeners volunteered 2964 hours of their time valued at $64,585. Montgomery County Master Gardener projects include beautification projects and educational programs.
Photo: Members of the Polk County Master Gardeners held a potting workshop for the youth of the county to create horticulture entries for the fair.  Carmindy smiles proudly with her finished product!

MG Training Info
Beef Cattle Forage Field Day

Beef Cattle and Forage Education

Polk County is home to 893 farms consisting mostly of grazing and hay land for approximately 29,000 head of cattle. The latest best management practices and research in these areas are a big concern to these cow/calf producers. The Polk County Extension staff delivers education to producers to increase profits from cattle enterprises. Whether it is forage testing, pasture inventories, soil testing, ration balancing, winter annual pasture production, or weed control, the Polk County Extension office is ready to help beef producers maximize their operations. Read 2015 Ag Facts about Polk County and contact our county office to learn more.
Photo:  Polk County Beef and Forage producers at the "Designing an Effective Grazing System" field day at Maples Meadows Farm near Cove.

Man at stove cooking diabetic friendly food at the cooking school

Polk County Family and Consumer Sciences

Polk County is a rural county estimated to have 20,471 residents in 2012.  The poverty rate is 21.7% in the county which exceeds the percentage for the state with an 18% rate.  In 2011, Polk County reported that 67% of the adult population is considered overweight or obese and 22% of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Polk County Extension Service is dedicated to meeting the community education needs of its residents with a variety of relevant programs such as Best Care, Guiding Children Successfully, Living Well with Diabetes, Cooking Schools, Food Safety, Healthy Lifestyles program for youth and Extension Exercise Programs.

Photo: John Davis serves diabetic friendly food he learned to prepare at a Living Well with Diabetes Cooking School.

Arco board Polk co

Community Building in Polk County

Community leaders from Scott, Polk, and Montgomery County have joined together to form a regional coalition. This coalition is called the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO). ARCO was formed to promote and advance sustainable prosperity and well-being for the people of west central Arkansas. In 2012, ARCO joined forces with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and Rich Mountain Community College to initiate the Breakthrough Solutions Program. This program is creative, inclusive, and open, to developing solutions in each county to generate jobs and economic activity.

Photo: New ARCO Logo