Welcome To The
Faulkner 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 Faulkner County Extension Office is at your service!
Faulkner County Horticulture: 4th Graders "Grow" Smarter
Society is becoming too far removed from agriculture.
The lack of formal agricultural education in Conway, the city of colleges, encourages
us to enlighten the younger generation concerning the production of food and the necessity
of a healthy diet. With the help of the Faulkner County Extension Council, we identified
the need to educate our youth about where food comes from.
Faulkner County agents implement two programs with the Wooster and Greenbrier Eastside Elementary schools to create outdoor classrooms tying gardening and nutrition together. Teachers and agents match curriculum to meet standards. Agents conduct taste testing, science experiments, math labs and garden projects with the 4th graders every other week during the school year. The benefits of this successful program include:
- Reach of an estimated 600 students
- Reach of an estimated 1200 parents
- 100% increase in awareness & knowledge of agriculture & where food comes from
- 75% increase in physical activity levels
- 100% change in eating habits with after school snack
Photo: Faulkner County 4th graders hard at work planting a fall garden!
Faulkner County FCS: Stronger By the Day
Research estimates that 22% of the aging population will suffer a fall requiring hospitalization.
The average cost to Medicare for hospitalization due to falls is $11,310 per claim.
Of post-menopausal women, 14% will fracture a hip resulting in an estimated $58,000
in hospital and treatment costs.
To address this issue in our community, Faulkner County Extension started the Strong Women and Men program in Conway in 2006. In 2010, an increased demand for low-cost strength-training programs for aging adults allowed Faulkner County Extension to expand the program to the Vilonia community. In 2013 a class was formed in Greenbrier and a second class was added in Conway. As of 2014, the Faulkner County Strong Women and Men program has 49 participants.
Faulkner County residents improve their overall health by participating in the Strong Women and Men program. The result is an estimated $204,500 savings to Medicare for fall-related hospital costs. Participants in the Strong Women and Men program increase their bone density and strength resulting in an estimated savings of $423,000 for hip fracture treatment and hospital costs.
Photo: Participants in the Conway afternoon class of Strong Women and Men take their exercise time seriously.
Faulkner County Agriculture: Tips Make the Difference
John Hartley Evans is a Faulkner County row crop producer who battles Glyphosate-resistant
pigweed. Even after switching to an alternative weed control system using LibertyLink® soybeans and Liberty® herbicide, he still could not manage these weeds effectively. Evans stated, "I've
been growing LibertyLink® soybeans for the past two years but I'm not controlling the weeds, even though I'm
applying a pre-emergence herbicide followed by two applications of Liberty®."
After investigation, Faulkner County Extension Agent, Hank Chaney, noted that thorough coverage of pigweed and other weeds was in the fields was inadequate with his current application system and coverage is essential for effective weed control using Liberty®, a post-emergence contact herbicide. After discussing with Division weed scientists, Chaney recommended changing the nozzle and tips on the sprayer to dual fan types that spray forward and backward during one pass in order to maximize coverage of plants. Nozzles and tips used were TurboDrop® Asymmetric DualFan (TADF) nozzles from Greenleaf Technologies , although other brands and types are also available.
The herbicide program consisted of:
- one application of 2 oz/A of Valor® pre-emergence
- two applications of 32 oz/A of Liberty® herbicide 14 days apart
This herbicide approach with the new nozzle tips resulted in the following success in 2013 when compared to 2012:
- pigweed control increased from 60% to over 95% control
- soybean yields increased from 25 bu/A to 62 bu/A on 120 acres
- gross income increased from $300/A to $744/A on 120 acres
Photo: Faulkner County soybean field planted with LibertyLink® .
Faulkner County 4-H: Caring Volunteers Are Essential to 4-H Youth
Research studies show that positive relationships with caring adults are essential
for youth to achieve their full potential.
Our volunteers build positive adult-youth relationships by serving as long-term 4-H Club leaders and by providing short-term service through event planning, fund development, and educational training. Certified 4-H volunteers teach project management, record keeping, and other valuable professional skills. In 2013, Faulkner County 4-H members received over $250,000 in scholarships to pursue post-high school education and to participate in national leadership and citizenship programs.
The devotion of 178 Faulkner County 4-H volunteers make it possible for 423 Faulkner County youth, ages 9-19, to be actively involved in a 4-H Club. In addition, 324 Faulkner County youth are involved in at least one community service learning activity, 384 youth are active in leadership roles, and 50 youth have completed their 4-H Project Record Books.
Faulkner County 4-H volunteers provide over 4,200 unpaid-hours each year - the equivalent of $89,712 of donated support.
Photo: Faulkner County volunteers build positive adult-youth relationships.