Welcome to the
Woodruff 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 lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Woodruff County Extension Office is at your service!
Ever Wondered What Extension Does?
Educating Voters - Arkansas Ballot Issue Education
You may have been hearing a lot about the state ballot issues in the news lately with all the lawsuits that have been filed to knock Issues 4-7 off the ballot.
Read more more about upcoming ballot issues to be a prepared voter in the upcoming 2016 election.
Irrigation Water Management
Water is a valuable resource that needs to be conserved and used wisely. An adequate supply of good quality irrigation water is needed for optimum crop production. Proper management of irrigation is critical for overall profitability, management of diseases, nutrient management, weed management and insect management. Water savings on irrigating crops can be achieved by utilizing various techniques that save water and money. Demonstrating these benefits is done by the Woodruff County Extension Service staff on producer farms where information is recorded and shared with others.
Did you know? Woodruff County harvests approximately 135,000 acres of soybeans annually with a worth of over $72 million dollars. To learn more about maximizing profitability for producers, contact us at the Woodruff County Extension Office.
Photo: Richard Klerk, Agriculture Agent; Larry Key, producer, and farm hand learning how to utilize the MIRI system by installing blue gates in polypipe.
Woodruff County 4-H and Youth Program
Are you between the ages of 5 and 19? Do you like to cook, learn about robotics, photography, or enjoy shooting sports? If you said yes to any of these activities then you need to learn more about the 4-H clubs in Woodruff County. The 4-H program provides opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge and develop skills that will enable those to become confident in themselves and their abilities thus becoming productive members of society. Woodruff County also offers annual 4-H Day camps in July. It's never too late to become a 4-H family! It is fast and easy. Just visit our web page Arkansas.4HOnline.com and follow instructions.
Did you know? In the state only category of events, Tenisha Neal, Jade Doty and Ethan Taylor competed
as a team in the Consumer Judging activity and Tenisha Neal was high point individual?
To learn more, contact us at the Woodruff County Extension Office 870-347-2556.
Photo: 2016 Woodruff County 4-H Day Campers learning about raising livestock.
Family and Consumer Sciences: Building Stronger Communities
The Woodruff County Cooperative Extension Service is dedicated to meeting the community needs and focus on healthier lifestyles and chronic disease prevention through multi-session lessons focusing on health and wellness. The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program in Woodruff County offers instruction in Financial Management, and educational programs such as Extension Homemakers, Best Care, Managing Well, Small Steps to Health & Wealth and Cooking Classes. Woodruff County Extension Service conducted a summer program at the ARCare facility teaching students to explore the science of safe food preservation. This was a hands on preparation activity in which the class learned about the oldest method of food preservation drying or dehydrating fruit.
Did you know? In the 1940's, the EHC helped organize and assist the development of Arkansas Children's Hospital. To learn more, contact us at the Woodruff County Extension Office or click here for the EHC state home page.
Photo: Students prepare grapes, blueberries and cherries for the food dehydrator.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED): Smart Nutrition for Active People
In Woodruff County, according to recent results following an Assessment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity in Arkansas, 47% of school-aged children are overweight or obese. Further reports indicate that 69% of adults are also overweight or obese. The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension is addressing these issues through the SNAP-ED program. This program encourages recipients to adopt healthier lifestyles through proper dietary changes and increase and/or regularity of physical activity. To date this program has been conducted at several locations throughout Woodruff County. It is the hope of the Extension Service that this program has assisted individuals of low income families in improving their diets and overall nutrition based health.
Did you know? Approximately 25% of Woodruff County's population receives SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps).
Photo: Organ Annie (SNAP-ED Program) visits local schools
Community Development: Rabies Clinic
Many of the 3,531 households in Woodruff County have pets as family members. There are no veterinarians practicing in Woodruff County. Nevertheless it is state law that every cat and dog be vaccinated for the deadly rabies virus. In the past, pet owners had to transport their pets to veterinarians outside the county for these mandated vaccines. This meant making a trip of 40 miles or more, then bearing the expense of the veterinarian office visit and the vaccines and then making the long trip home. Each year the Woodruff County Cooperative Extension Service conducts a county wide rabies clinic, where pet owners can get their dog(s) or cat(s) vaccinated. The Rabies Clinic is held annually in June.
Did you know? In 2016, 108 dogs and cats were vaccinated for rabies and other diseases at this clinic. To learn more, contact us at the Woodruff County Extension Office for date, time and locations..
Photo: Veterinary Staff Registering Pets at Annual Rabies Clinic