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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Scott County, Arkansas 

The Cooperative Extension Service offers a host of educational programs and services.  If you do not see what you are looking for below, please contact our county Extension Office for assistance.

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Agriculture

Commercial agriculture is a vital part of Scott County. The Scott County Extension Office provides a wide variety of services and educational programs. Contact Shaun Rhoades Scott County Agriculture agent for more information about the following programs and services.

Services available 
Bangs on Farm - Soil testing - Hay testing - Water testing- Manure analysis - Plant disease diagnosis - Plant identification -Sprayer calibration- On farm visits

Educational Programs Available 
Beef and Forage - Pesticide training- Grazing Management- Winter annual pasture production-Beef ration development- Vegetable production - Fruit production- Weed & Brush control programs - Cattle insect control - Pasture insect control - Farmers Market Development & Management Programs

Other Home Horticulture Services Available 
Garden Vegetable Production - Plant Identification - Lawn Maintenance - Plant Disease diagnosis - Soil test counseling - Horticulture Pruning - Horticulture Maintenance Concerns - Fruit Production Management.

Photo: Services such as soil testing, hay testing & forage management help Scott County beef producers that have in production over 22,000 head of beef cows. 

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4-H

Scott County Extension Service serves over 80 county 4-H members and over 250 additional county youth in projects such as Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as well as a variety of other activities and programs. The Extension staff and the 8 4-H volunteers support the 2 clubs and activities below. To learn more about any of these clubs or to become a 4-H volunteer, contact Shaun Rhoades at the Scott County Extension office at 479-637-2173.

Scott County 4-H Activities: 
Quorum Court Appreciation Event- Dairy Foods - Christmas parade 
Fair and Livestock Shows- 4-H Poultry Chain- Ross Photography- 4-H Outdoor O'Rama - District O'Rama- 4-H Day Camps- 4-H Overnight Camps 
Nursing Home Visits –Valentine's Day Cards for Elderely

 4-H CLUBS 

Barnyard Buddies, Sheena Tucker, 479-207-0025, 1st Sunday of each month, 2:00 p.m. at Scott County Fair Bld. 

Kountry Kidz, Adam Cox & Sue Williams, 479-207-7732, Last Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m. at the Scott County Fair Bld.

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FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES PROGRAMS 

Families and their well-being is the focus of the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) programs. We offer instructions in healthy living practices, financial management, family relationships, childcare and community involvement. Contact Judy Bloesch, FCS agent at the Scott County office for more information about any of these programs. 

Nutrition and Wellness

Nutrition and wellness programs offer education across the life span to help clients manage food resources and take charge of their health and nutrition by learning more about lifestyle modifications and prevention measures that can positively impact their lives.   SNAP-Ed programs provide nutrition education to food stamp recipients and other eligible low-income individuals and families including: Head Start programs, senior citizens centers, commodity distribution sites and public schools where 50% of the students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. Nutrition education is delivered in a variety of ways including: school classroom programs, hands-on learning experiences, food demonstrations and cooking schools, group discussions, educational displays, handouts and newsletters.

Services offered: Smart Nutrition Active People Education –SNAP-Ed for Youth/Adult Audiences, Cook Smart Eat Smart/Cooking Schools, Chef Charles, Living Well with Diabetes, Food Safety, Home Food Preservation, OrganWise/Pick a Better Snack/MyPlate, Fight Bac/Germ City, Body Walk/Farm to You

 Managing Well

Financial wellness includes setting goals, identifying values, prioritizing wants and needs, maintaining a spending plan, managing resources, identity theft prevention, and avoiding scams. 

Services offered: Consumer Protection Education, Identity Theft Prevention, Small Steps to Health & Wealth, Get Real, Here's the Deal, Budget Planning, Stretch Your Dollar

 Families 

Family life is full of challenges, but when we make wise choices, it is also rewarding. We offer a number of programs designed for every stage of family life and intended to help you make choices that will make your family life more effective and satisfying.

Services offered: Best Care, Guiding Children Successfully, Best Care Connected, Personal Journey, Managing Stress, Marriage Garden, Parenting Journey, See the World Through My Eyes, Navigating Life's Journey, Getting Your Hearts Right

 Health & Aging   

Most of Scott County's 2400 adults over the age of 65 are active and independent and wish to stay that way! We offer information and educational programs to help older adults, their family members and caregivers face the challenges of aging in a positive and productive way.

Services offered: BeMed Wise, Aging in Place, Fit in 10, AgriAbility, Endless Gardening, Tai Chi, Walk Across AR

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Scott County Extension Homemakers Clubs

Scott County Extension Homemakers celebrate more than 100 years of leadership development, education and community service with five active clubs and 55 members. Being an EHC member means belonging to one of the largest adult volunteer organizations in the state.

Extension Homemakers Clubs in Scott County: 
Busy Hands, 3rd Monday, 6:30 p.m., Temple Baptist Church - Rita Plummer, President
Good Neighbor, 3rd Wednesday, 1:00 p.m., Parks Methodist Church – Iona Ellis, President 
Pleasant Hill, 1st Thursday, 1:30 p.m.,Farm Bureau – Fayrene Stringer, President
Scrap Pack, 4th Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Temple Baptist Church – Lin Forrest, President 

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Community and Economic Development

Scott County Extension personnel work with business and community leaders along with local government officials to advance the growth of Scott County's residents and economy. Extension programs such as LeadAR help grow tomorrow's community leaders. Scott County Extension's involvement in Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas (ARCO) has already begun to show results for a positive future for the county. The Arkansas Procurement Center (APAC) helps local business bid on and receive government contracts.