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Extension Educational Programs & Services
Sharp 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.

 SHARP COUNTY FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES

Sharp County ranks in the top five Arkansas counties for elderly population and children living in poverty with 24% of Sharp County households below the poverty rate. In addition, in Arkansas fewer than 25% of adults and 5.2% of adolescents consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.  Contact Chelsea Maguffee, FCS agent at the Sharp County office for more information about the following programs.

Sharp County, Arkansas 4H kids at a table.

Photo: Cooking Camp participants learning about healthy snacks

  • Overall Wellness

    Helping you in all areas of day to day living; fitness for the whole family, financial management, Identity theft prevention, avoiding scams, managing resources, and eating well on a limited budget just to name a few.

     Services offered:

                 Extension Get Fit                               Yoga for Kids

                 Consumer Protection Education         Identity Theft Prevention       Small Steps to Health & Wealth

                 Debtor Education referrals                The Spending Game              Budget Planning (by appointment only)

     

  • Nutrition Notes

    Sharp County has a high population of SNAP recipients; nutrition programs are conducted at area childcare centers, schools, senior center, and local food banks. Educational displays are located at the county DHS and WIC offices.

     Sharp County Extension collaborates with other community organizations to plan and provide monthly educational programs for people with diabetes. "Defeat Diabetes" is offered the first Thursday of each month at the Sharp County Department of Health.

            Services offered:

             SNAP nutrition education –

                             Right Bite                           Grow It, Try It, Like It

                             Chef Charles                      Cooking Demonstrations

                Defeat Diabetes

               Fight Bac (Glo Germ)

               Recipe Renovation

               Shake the Salt Habit

               Pressure canner gauge testing

  •  Families

      "Best Care," for training child care professionals is offered during the spring to provide area providers with ten hours of verified training. Additional training is offered online through "Guiding Children Successfully" and "Best Care Connected." The training is local and free. Sharp County has a high population of grandparents raising grandchildren and multi-generational homes; Extension offers "Adventures in Grandparenting" for this clientele.

     Services offered:

    Best Care                   Guiding Children Successfully             Best Care Connected           Adventures in Grandparenting

  •  Sharp County Extension Homemakers

      In an era where organizations are struggling to maintain members, the Sharp County Extension Homemakers are still an active organization with three clubs and approximately 50 members. Extension Homemakers Clubs are found in Cherokee Village (Village Homemakers), Wirth/Hardy (Hardy Country Ladies), and Sidney. Each club has at least one main community project which varies from care bears for children who visit the health unit to receive shots to lap robes and afghans for nursing home residents.

    A significant EHC project took place in 2011-12: EHC and Master Gardeners raised over $21,000 to install three industrial heat pumps in the educational building at the county fairgrounds. Our fair is held in July of each year and volunteers had experienced temperatures in the building of up to 94 degrees during the fair. Highland VFW donated $10,000 to this effort and several grants and private donations were obtained from The Community Foundation, Wal Mart, Modern Woodmen, and others.

     Extension Homemaker Clubs in Sharp County

     Village Homemakers, 2nd Tuesday, 1:00 p.m., Mary Ann Torbit, President - 870-257-4779

     Sidney EHC, 3rd Wednesday, 1:00 p.m., Gwen Battles, President - 870-283-6684

     Hardy/ Country Ladies, 4th Tuesday, 1:00 p.m., Mary Kay Erwin, President - 870-966-4620

COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE

Commercial agriculture is a vital part of Sharp County. The Sharp County Extension Office provides a wide variety of services and educational programs.  Contact Joe Moore, Sharp County Ag Agent, for more information about the following programs and services.

Sharp County, Arkansas pile of watermelons 

Photo: Cave City Watermelons

Sharp County watermelons producers produce an average of 1800 tons of watermelons annually. The watermelons grown in Cave City are famous across the country.

Services available:

Bangs on Farm - Soil testing - Hay testing - Water testing- Manure analysis - Plant disease diagnosis - Plant identification -Sprayer calibration 

Educational Programs Available

Beef Forage - Pesticide training - Vegetable production - Fruit production- Weed & Brush control programs - Cattle & insect control - Pasture insect control - Farmers Market Development & Management Programs - Arkansas Beef Improvement Program (ABIP)

 Other Home Horticulture Services Available

Master Gardener training - Vegetable Production - Plant Identification - Lawn Maintenance - Plant Disease diagnosis - Soil test counseling - Horticulture Pruning - Horticulture Maintenance Concerns - Fruit Production Management

 COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center logo

Photo: APAC Logo

Sharp County Extension personnel work with business and community leaders along with local government officials to advance the growth of Sharp County, residents and economy. Extension programs such as LeadAR help grow tomorrows community leaders. While other things such as Rural Profile and Policy development help bring government services to Sharp County.  Extensions Arkansas Procurement Center helps local business bid on and receive government contracts.  Extension service is also available to help establish farmers market and educate on Policy development and Ballots Issues

 SHARP COUNTY 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Sharp County 4H members attending aquatic adventure day

Photo:4-H Members attending a class on aquatic animals during the 4-H Aquatic Adventure trip

Sharp County Extension Service serves over 160 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 16 4-H volunteers support the 7 clubs and activities below. To learn more about any of these clubs or to become a 4-H volunteer contact Annie Lester at the Sharp County Extension office at 994-7363.

4-H Clubs

Club Name Club Type Meeting Location
Ruff Riders Project-Horses Ozark Title Co. (Main Street in Ash Flat)
Sharp County Livestock Show Club Project-Livestock The Interior
Rebels 4-H Club Afterschool Cherokee Elementary Cafeteria
Hillbillies 4-H Club Community New Hope Baptist Church
Ridge Runners 4-H Club Community Melissa Byers' home
Highland Rebels Afterschool Garden Club Afterschool Highland Middle School
Southern Show-ers Community Highland High School

 Sharp County 4-H Activities

Christmas Ornament Workshop - 4-H Aquatic Adventure-Dairy Foods Contest - Christmas parade - 4-H O'Rama

4-H Gardening Contest  - Bee Keeping Essay Contest - 4-H Pumpkin Extravaganza- Cooking Camp

Awards and Recognition Banquet - 4-H Fun Day - Fair & Livestock shows - 4-H Poultry Chain - Ross Photography

District Horse Show State Horse Show -4-H Poultry Chain- Poultry Chain Trainings

 Community Service Projects:

 Farm Bureau Banquet Servers - Kiwanis' Pancake Breakfast Servers -Mobile Rabies Clinic

Nursing Home Visits -Thanksgiving Food Drive -St. Jude Trail Ride (Ruff Riders) -Cleaned up fairgrounds after county fair (Ruff Riders)