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! 

Agriculture Agent Brett Gordon with elementary school children watching a harvester fill a bin.

Crops for Kids

Agriculture awareness is a vital aspect of our educational programming in White County.   Many of the White County youth do not have a clear understanding of how food at the grocery store is produced.  “Crops for Kids” is a school enrichment program held annually for Pangburn and Bald Knob 5th and 6th graders.  Students are taught about the growth and development, science and technology, and economics involved in producing Arkansas rice and corn.  When crops are ready for harvest, the students take a field trip to a rice or corn field to see the crop being harvested.    Area rice and corn producers donate profits from one acre of their crop for the students to spend on a charity of their choice.   In 2014, over $700 was generously donated by our cooperating corn and rice producers.

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 

 Eight Junior 4-H members standing behind a table full of trophies.

WHITE COUNTY WHEP TEAM BRINGS HOME 1ST AND 2ND!!!

 

4-H is constantly striving to teach youth many things that will carry them throughout the course of their lifetime.  Here in White County, we have several programs for our youth to get involved in.  The Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) is just one of many.  In this program, youth learn about different types of wildlife, what their physical characteristics are, where they live, what they eat, etc. 

On Friday, April 24, 2015, White County took eight junior 4-H members and 1 cloverbud member to the State WHEP contest in Stuttgart at the U of A Rice Research and Extension Center.  There they competed in several different individual and team competitions ranging from Wildlife Management Practices to Wildlife Identification.  White County 4-H brought home 1st and 2nd Place trophies and had 3 of the top 5 individuals in the state.  The 1st place team was Savannah Watkins, April Mills, Alexis Canter and Isabella Davis.  The 2nd place team was Letah Joe Eversole, Callie McDaniel, Madison Taylor and Carson McFatridge.  Isabella Davis was 2nd place overall individual, Letah Joe Eversole placed 3rd overall individual and Savannah Watkins placed 4th overall as an individual.  The teams were coached by 4-H adult volunteer leaders Crystal Eversole, Misty Watkins, Krista Brimer and Shaula Mills.

 

Pictured left to right: Front: Letah Joe Eversole, Alexis Canter, Isabella Davis, Madison Taylor, April Mills.  Back: Savannah Watkins, Carson McFatridge and Callie McDaniel.

 

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