Welcome To The
Randolph 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 Randolph County Extension Office is at your service!
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Agriculture: Row Crops in Randolph County
Randolph County Extension Services works with row crop farmers through the Arkansas Row Crop Verification program in all the major crops to improve the production with economics and recommended production practices emphasized. Many demonstration plots are also utilized to bring new information to the farmer. Randolph County has approximately 90 row crop farmers that farm 90,000 acres.
The row crop verification program represents a public exhibition of the implementation of research-based Extension recommendations in an actual field scale environment for all major row crops. The verification program recommendations developed from small plot research are applied to large scale field applications to provide optimum yields and economic returns. In 2013 producers participated in the wheat, rice and soybean verification program in Randolph County. The wheat verification yield was 81 bushels; rice verification field yield was 170 bushels; and the soybean verification field yield was 55 bushels.
For additional information contact Mike Andrews, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair.
Photo: Randolph County farmer plowing rice field - participating in Rice Research Verification Program
Family and Consumer Science Programs
The SNAP Program provides nutrition education to food stamp recipients and other eligible low-income individuals and families. Randolph County has over 3,230 food insecure residences. There are 1,866 unduplicated SNAP cases with 4,546 unduplicated persons. There are 31.4% of children under the age of 18 living below the poverty level and 41.4% of the population is overweight or obese. The Randolph County Extension Service works with the food pantries and local schools to educate about healthful snacks and MyPlate.
We provide research-based information to our individuals and/or groups through a variety of delivery modes to include: one-on-one consultations, educational classes, workshops, demonstrations, newsletters and news columns, and computer technology.
For more information on Family and Consumer Science programs and services offered by the Randolph County Extension Service, feel free to contact Elizabeth McQuay, County Extension Agent, at (870) 892-4504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Youth attending Cook Smart Eat Smart Cooking School at the County Extension Office.
Livestock and Forage Production
Randolph County has approximately 600 livestock farms that are home to approximately 33,000 head of beef cattle and raise about 6.4 million broilers per year. A major goal of the Randolph County Extension Service is to improve the use of forages through the 300 Days of Grazing Program.
The Randolph County 300 Days of Grazing demonstration farm obtained at least 300 days of grazing over the past five years with the exception of 2012 because of the severe drought. A legume establishment demonstration was conducted on the farm to improve quality of forage and reduce fertility costs. The demonstration resulted in a $17,000 savings by not having to purchase nitrogen fertilizer for demonstration area forage acres.
Contact the Randolph County Extension Office for more information on the 300 Days of Grazing Program or livestock and forage production topics.
Photo: Randolph County farmer participating in 300 Days of Grazing Program
Randolph County 4-H
The Randolph County Extension Service members has made the youth a priority. Promoting 4-H through scholarship opportunities, new clubs, school programming, trainings, news articles, fund-raisers and community wide events has grown the 4-H program by leaps and bounds and continue to do so. 4-H Alumni are also involved in the growing of our 4-H program with the volunteerism and commitment they display of the positive impact 4-H had on their lives. More youth are interested in getting involved in 4-H educational, but enjoyable hands on activities and clubs.