Welcome To The

White 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 White County Extension Office is at your service!

blackberries growing

Agriculture

Spotted Wing Drosophila was confirmed as present in Arkansas in 2012, in White county. Late season fruits are more vulnerable to SWD. Adults and larvae can cause damage. Females cut fruit skin when inserting eggs, that leads to fungal infections. Larvae feed in ripening fruit flesh. SWD has caused significant economic damage in cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and grapes. Our goal is to assist fruit growers to produce SWD-free fruit. A comprehensive educational program was developed to assist growers in the monitoring and management of this insect. Over 500 acres of fruit in White county were protected from this insect in 2013 due primarily to the extensive educational efforts and outreach of Extension.


Photo:  Blackberries are prime targets for the Spotted Wing Drosophila

women exercising

Family & Consumer Science

As women age, they are at increased risk for falls and fractures because of decreasing bone density. Regular exercise can help many people to reduce their risk for falls and stay independent. The Strong Women strength training classes have helped women in White County to stay independent and increase strength & flexibility as 66% of participants assessed increased lower body strength, 83% increased upper body strength, and 93% increased lower body flexibility. In addition, the classes saved an estimated $23,100 in hospitalization costs from fall reduction. Preventing hip fractures saved an estimated $15,120 from hospitalization and $33,600 in treatment costs.


Photo:  Participants in the strong women strength training class

 
 youth learning about finances

White County 4-H

Young people today fail to realize the costs associated with living on their own. By the time they reach college it is sometimes too late to educate them on financial literacy. With the help of over 200 community leaders, the White County Cooperative Extension Service offered several programs that emphasized the importance of making wise financial decisions. Get Real Here's the Deal, Rice for Kids, Corn for Kids, and a Teen Leader Scavenger Hunt were just a few of the programs delivered to the youth of White County in which financial management skills were taught. Through these programs, youth learned invaluable life skills to take with them in the future.


Photo:  Youth learning about finances in the Get Real Here's The Deal program

 

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