Clay County, Arkansas Agriculture Programs
Clay County is a mostly rural county with a diverse amount of agriculture including
row crops and livestock. Agriculture is one of the primary sources of revenue for
Clay County. Crops grown in Clay County include corn, cotton, grain sorghum, wheat,
rice, and soybeans. Row crop acreage is located on both sides of the county with
Crowley's Ridge separating eastern and western Clay County. Most of the livestock,
forage, and hay crops are grown on Crowley's Ridge. Row crop acreages for 2016 were
as follows: Corn 30,812; Cotton 31,015; Grain Sorghum 1,972; Wheat 4,123; Rice 82,534;
- Feed Grains (Corn, Feed Grains, Wheat)
Photo: Planting Clay County soybean variety plot with local producer, Gary Sheppard.
Clay County, Arkansas Pesticide Applicator Training
Clay County producers rely on data generated by the University of Arkansas, Division
of Agriculture, Research and Extension to use in dealing with pest management. Using
research based information and following Extension recommendations on pest management
and pesticide applications is very important to our producers. Following these recommendations
help them to be productive while avoiding resistance problems to insecticides, herbicides
2018 Pesticide Applicator Training's will be held Tuesday, January 16th at 9 a.m.
at the Clay County Electric Community Room, Tuesday, February 13th at 6 p.m. at the
Rector Community Center and March 13th at 9:00 a.m. at the Knobel Community Center.
To find additional training opportunities or learn more about pesticide training
and licensing click here.
The Arkansas Abandoned Pesticide Collection Program is a way for farmers to safely
and properly dispose of old and unwanted pesticides. Click here to learn more about the program.
"Burn It Down, Clean It Up" is a publication written in part by Clay County Extension
Agent Andy Vangilder and deals with avoiding crop injury due to sprayer contamination.
The publication FSA 2170 can be found here.
Check out the new publication "Tank Clean-Out Recommendations For Common Herbicides" MP532
Photo: Clay County Pesticide Disposal
Clay County Family & Consumer Sciences
Clay County Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Science programs are for residents
of all ages. Our goal is to help individuals and families live well. That includes
managing money, eating better, again well, and getting along in families. Program
The Extension Wellness Ambassador Program will be held in May, 2018. The Extension
Wellness Ambassador Program trains Arkansans who want to use their knowledge in service
to others - to improve their own health and the health of their neighbors. Click here for more information about this program.
Photo: Strong Women participants lifting hand weights.
Clay County Extension Homemaker Clubs
Clay County has five active clubs: Progressive Union, Piggott Nite Lites, Piggott
Hayes, Fairview, and Boydsville. EHC members promote leadership development, volunteering,
community service and the life long habit of learning. For information about an Extension
Homemaker Club in your area call Debbie Baker at 870-598-2246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Clay Extension Homemakers celebrating 100 years in Arkansas.
Clay County 4-H Clubs
If you are a youth living in Clay County, 4-H has something for you! Community clubs
include: Cougars 4-H Club in Rector, Cloverleaf 4-H Club in Corning, and The Mighty
Razorback 4-H Club in Piggott. We also have project and special interest clubs such
as a teen leaders, homeschool club, and a livestock project group. We have other developing
clubs as well. Through 4-H there are many projects to explore, such as:
- Animal science
- Health and Well-Being
- Plant Science
- Personal Development
- Science and Technology
These projects are vast, with many differing topics under each heading. These projects
help youth set goals, keep records, and learn to exhibit and communicate about their
4-H Clubs in Clay County are very active groups. Not only do the clubs have monthly
meetings, they also have many yearly activities including:
- ATV Safety Riders Course
- Talent and Fashion Review
- Poultry Chain
- Fall Fun Night
- County, District and State O-Rama (Competition)
- Terrific Tuesdays Summer Program
- Conservation Day Trips
- Poster/Photography Competitions
Through these activities in Clay County youth design and participate in their own
projects and activities. This unique, learn-by-doing model teaches kids essential,
transferable skills that they'll use throughout their lives, such as problem solving,
decision making, coping, communicating and responding to the needs of others.
For more information about Clay County 4-H, find us on Facebook or register for a
club in your area!