Welcome to the
Prairie 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 Prairie County Extension Office is at your service!
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Extension Volunteers Create Busy Blankets for Alzheimer's Patients
Extension Homemaker and 4-H volunteers spent two days making Busy Blankets and mats for Alzheimer's patients after Springbrook Nursing Home in Hazen requested them. These blankets provide sensory stimulation for the fidgety hands of those with dementia. This is just one of many service projects our volunteers complete throughout the year. We are grateful for the many hours they contribute to Extension programs and to overall county needs.
Photo: Extension Homemaker volunteer sewing a blanket.
Local 4-H Members Grow as Citizens and Leaders
With the help of Arkansas Farm Bureau and UACES Development Associate, Jackson Alexander, Lonoke and Prairie County 4-H members discovered what it means to be good citizens. During a Fall Teen Leadership Workshop, 4-H'ers learned about the legislative process, experienced what it's like to participate in a federal election, developed their own definition of citizenship, and participated in candid discussions about politics, policy, and public influence. Arkansas Farm Bureau guided the 4-H’ers through the Congressional Insight simulation activity, where teens divided into two teams, and each team was assigned a freshman congressman or congresswomen in the U.S. House of Representatives. Teens learned the importance of setting goals, listening to staff members, staying in touch with their constituencies, planning a budget, working with the media, and what affects the legislative decisions made by our lawmakers. At the end of the simulation, each team ran for re-election with one team winning their race and the other losing by a small margin.
Photo: 4-H Members participating in the Congressional Insight simulation.
Hazen Students Learn New Cooking Techniques
The Cook Smart, Eat Smart program teaches cooking techniques that can be used to build a repertoire of entrees and side dishes to encourage preparing and eating more meals at home. There is an emphasis on healthy preparation techniques, simple ingredients and limited use of prepared foods.
Food and Nutrition students at Hazen High School recently participated in this multi-session SNAP Ed program. Each session covered basic cooking techniques, nutrition, food safety, and other topics related to preparing and eating meals at home. “I liked the variety of dishes we learned how to make. They were all simple, healthy and surprisingly delicious. I really want to eat healthier due to this class.” - Comment from student.
Photo: Student learning to mince garlic.