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! 

person in hazmat gear emptying pesticide from container

White County Agriculture

Pesticide Collection Event Scheduled

County producers and commercial applicators will have the opportunity to dispose of their outdated and unused pesticides during a collection event on Thursday, March 26th from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.mThe event will take place at the Office of Emergency Management (2301 Eastline Rd. Searcy, AR 72143), across from the new Love’s truck stop.

The pesticide collection is free and is made available through funding from the Arkansas Abandoned Pesticide Trust Fund.  Products that will be accepted are outdated, discontinued or unwanted agricultural pesticides.  These pesticides may include older products that are more toxic, such as arsenicals, DDT, silvex, heptachlor, dieldrin, lindane, and toxaphene.

Many old pesticides cannot legally be used or disposed of through usual means, such as landfills.  If you have pesticides that fall into this category, plan on bringing your pesticides to this event.

The purpose of this collection is to promote a safer and cleaner environment by reducing the amount of pesticides that could potentially contaminate the drinking water, groundwater, streams, rivers and lakes across the state.  To date the pesticide collections have brought in over 790,000 pounds of unwanted materials from 75 counties.

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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