Cooperative Extension News & Publications
Arkansas County, Arkansas
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The Cooperative Extension Service has been serving the people of Arkansas, from agricultural communities in rural areas to school children in the cities, for more than 100 years, through good times and bad. Our current era, in which we all face serious health risks from the COVID-19 virus, is no different.
Our agents are as available and ready to work as they’ve always been. While public health recommendations may limit in-person contact, we are increasingly available through online venues, including webinars and internet-based teleconferencing. And of course, we’re still ready to answer questions and make recommendations by phone.
To find COVID-19 resources related to agriculture, families and communities, visit uaex.edu/COVID19.
For accessible versions of PDF files, please contact Grant Beckwith, Arkansas County Staff Chair.
Arkansas County Agriculture
Agriculture is an integral part of the Arkansas County culture and is vital to the economy of Arkansas County. The Arkansas County Cooperative Extension Service provides several educational programs. To find out more on these programs contact Grant Beckwith, County Extension Agent - Staff Chair or Phil Horton, County Extension Agent - Agriculture.
Arkansas County Master Gardener Program
Master Gardeners are volunteers. They are people from all walks of life who have an interest in gardening, a willingness to learn and a desire to help others solve their gardening problems. The Master Gardener volunteer program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in gardening to learn and serve their communities. In Arkansas County, Master Gardeners volunteer on various projects. Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener volunteer in Arkansas County? Contact Phil Horton, CEA - Agriculture at the Arkansas County Office.
Photo: 2018 Master Gardener Class
Extension’s Online Diabetes Support Group Offers Way to Connect
The Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will offer an 8-week online support group for people living with diabetes. Participation is free, and registration is open at https://uaex.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eaJQYv1rDlWcsUl.
The group - “Delta Day to Day with Diabetes” - will meet from January 11-February 28, 2021. Virtual meetings will be offered on Mondays with additional resources in health, wellness, nutrition and fitness posted throughout the week. Some of the features will include a Monday meeting, Tasty Tuesday for sharing recipes, Wellness Wednesday, Think about it Thursday, Fitness Friday, and Wonderful Weekends.
Meeting times will be based on participants’ availability.
“Most of us know someone affected by diabetes,” said Alta Lockley, CEA-4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences. “The group will be a way to connect with others who are managing diabetes or living with someone with diabetes.”
Nearly 15 percent of Arkansans — about 360,000 people — have diabetes, and 800,000 more residents have pre-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association’s Arkansas Chapter.
Dallas County Extension Agent Crystal Johnson, Jefferson County Extension Agent Mary Ann Kizer, and Arkansas County Extension Agent Alta Lockley who specialize in family consumer sciences, are co-hosting the online meetings, but participation is not limited to those counties. The group is free and open to anyone with diabetes or anyone living or caring for someone with diabetes.
“We wanted something that would be virtual so people could find encouragement from each other, especially as we are socially distancing,” Johnson said. “It will be a place where they can discuss and share recipes and strategies helpful to them for managing diabetes.”
Extension currently offers a year-round diabetes prevention training as well as a four-week Living with Diabetes curriculum through its Family and Consumer Sciences Division.
“We will pull some information from those programs for our group meetings,” Kizer added. “We’ll keep the meeting short and vary the topics, so participants will perhaps learn something new or be motivated to try a new recipe or a new exercise.”
For more information contact Alta Lockley, CEA-4-H/FCS in Arkansas County at (870)946-6160 or email email@example.com.
EHC Serves Community One Face Mask at a Time
Members of the Arkansas County Extension Homemakers Clubs have found their latest community service work a most welcome gift amid the current pandemic. For the past few weeks, more than 450 cloth face coverings have been made that can offer some protection against COVID-19. The masks have been distributed to hospitals, clinics, businesses and individuals. To find COVID-19 resources related to agriculture, families and communities, visit uaex.edu/COVID19.
Photo: EH Council officers Barbara Jones, Toni Butler, Charlene Wingfield, and Patsy Coose with Arkansas County Judge Eddie Best.
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