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Welcome To The

Searcy 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 Searcy County Extension Office is at your service!

 

Searcy County Agriculture

Agriculture is a vital part of Searcy County. The Searcy County Cooperative Extension Service provides many services and programs on various agricultural topics. 

Agriculture is one of the most important industries in Searcy County. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture Searcy County has 617 farms, while the average size farm is 298 acres. Livestock and product sales were the major sources of farm income for Searcy County farmers.

In fiscal year 2013 the Searcy County Extension Service conducted 56 site visits, trained 75 individuals on pesticide application, and soil tested 5,884 acres. Because of the severe drought in recent years, the Searcy County Extension Service is dedicated to helping farmers recover and prosper.  We are dedicated to meeting the community educational needs of all resident with relevant programs, inducing soil and hay testing, pasture weed control, and drought management.

  • Agriculture Services 
    • Cattle grazing in a field
      Family-owned farms are a vital part of Searcy County industry.

      Commercial agriculture is a vital part of Searcy County. The Searcy County Extension Office provides a wide variety of services to the agricultural community.

      Services Available:

      • Soil Testing
      • Hay Testing
      • Pond Testing
      • Manure Analysis
      • Sprayer and Seeder Calibration
      • Insect Identification
      • Plant Disease Diagnosis
      • Plant Identification
  • Agriculture Educational Programs
    Pasture with Hay bales in Searcy County
    Searcy County has many farms that have specific areas that are used for the production of hay. Weed and brush control is important when trying to grow a premium forage.

    Services Available:

    • Pesticide Applicator Training
    • Weed & Brush Control
    • Forage Production
    • Fruit & Vegetable Production
    • Cattle & Pasture Insect Control
    • Master Gardener Training
    • Lawn Maintenance
    • Horticulture Pruning & Maintenance
    • Fruit Production Management
  • Searcy County Master Gardener Program
    • Master Gardeners working with youth
      Mater Gardeners assist 4-H spring break camp attendees with making hypertufa planters.

      During the 2012 program year, eight trained Searcy County Master Gardeners volunteered 172 hours of their time valued at $3,474.88 to beautify various parts of Searcy County. In addition to the landscaping of the Extension Office, the Searcy County Master Gardeners plant and work a community garden in conjunction with local 4-H clubs and work with the Searcy County School District to lead lessons from the new school garden.

Searcy County Family and Consumer Sciences

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In Arkansas, fewer than 25% of adults and 5.2% of adolescents eat their recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily. The Searcy County Cooperative Extension Service provides many services and programs on various family and consumer sciences topics.

Photo: Family & Consumer Sciences Logo

  • Services and Educational Programs available:
    • Canner Lid Testing
    • So Easy to Preserve 
    • Arkansas AgrAbility 
    • SNAP-Ed
    • MyPlate
    • Diabetes Education
    • Consumer Protection Education
    • Small Steps to Health and Wealth
    • Debtor Education referrals
  • Searcy County Extension Homemakers Clubs
    Oxley EHC attending meeting at the Library

    In fiscal year 2013 the Searcy County Extension Homemakers spent over 2,000 hours volunteering in their communities, which equals over $40,000 of time given to better their community.

     

    There are 6 active clubs in Searcy County with 59 members.  Each club strives to better their community by education, community service projects, and caring for their friends and neighbors.

     

    The mission of the Searcy County Extension Homemakers Clubs (EHC) is to strengthen individuals and families through continuing education, leadership development, and community service. This mission is accomplished through regular club meeting where members are exposed to the latest information on subjects such as nutrition, financial management, family and human development, health, energy, the environment, and much more. 

     

    For more information on club activities or membership: call 870-448-3981.

     

    Photo: The Oxley EHC learns about the history of the Searcy County Library from Librarian Pat Halsted at a recent monthly meeting.

Searcy County 4-H Clubs

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What can you do in 4-H?

 

4-H offers a world of possibilities! How about sewing, fishing, bicycling, horseback riding, photography, shooting sports and livestock projects?  And, that's only the beginning!  Also, learn fun things like pet care, cooking and babysitting skills.

 

 Searcy County youth also participate in summer 4-H Camps, Citizenship Washington Focus, Kansas City Global Conference, Shooting Sports, District and State Horse Shows, and Livestock Judging events.

 

4-H is learning by doing, meeting new friends, doing new things and going new places.

If you're interested in joining, contact the Extension Office - 870-448-3981, or click here to join today!

 

Older 4-Hers can become a Teen Leader.  Searcy County 4-H Teen Leaders assist the Extension Office in conducting various day camps throughout the spring and summer. Some activities include: baitcasting, wildlife, bb shooting, entomology, cooking, healthy snacks, and many, many more.

 

Each summer Searcy County 4-H holds a multi-day camp that is held at the Searcy County Civic Center.  For 2014, the 2-day camp was filled with fun activities.  Over 60 youth attended the camp!  The camp was provided free of charge and offered healthy snacks and lunches. The themed-days were Wildlife and Safety.  

 

 Photo: 4-H Clover Logo

Click here to sign up for 4-H, or come by the Searcy County Extension Office.  Join today!

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