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Welcome to the

White County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service

Check out our 'What We Do' Video
to learn about how Extension helps in White County! 

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! 

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Tai Chi for Arthritis

 Coming back soon to Searcy! 

picture of people practicing Tai Chi

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, based on nature and harmony.  The gentle flowing movements contain inner power that strengthens the body, improves mental balance, and brings better health and harmony to people's lives.  For people with or without arthritis, Tai Chi for Arthritis is a good way to start your journey to better health.  It is an enjoyable and safe set of forms which delivers many health benefits.  In 1997, Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician and tai chi master, led a team of tai chi and medical specialists to create this unique program.  It is easy, enjoyable, and safe for people with arthritis to learn.  Medical studies have shown the program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives.

Photo: Tai Chi participants practice movements.

Photo of black knot fungus, which looks like a crusty, knobby, blackish claw.

Black Knot
on Plum and Cherry

The disease black knot is caused by a fungus. Black knot can occur on sweet and sour cherry, American, European, and Japanese varieties of cultivated plums and prunes as well as wild cherries and plums. The disease is common throughout much of Arkansas occurring on many wild plum and cherry trees. These serve as an annual source of infection for cultivated varieties.

Black Knot