Extension Educational Programs & Services
Jackson County, Arkansas
The Cooperative Extension Service offers a host of educational programs and services. If you do not see what you are looking for below, please contact our county Extension Office for assistance.
Photo: Rice Research Verification Field on David Penix Jr. farm.
Agriculture is a vital part of the economy of Jackson County. Agricultural production occurs on over 80 percent of the county's 410,768 acres. Over 1,600 persons are employed in some aspect of agriculture and approximately 200 million dollars is contributed to the county economy through farm income alone. The Jackson County Extension Service provides many programs and services to assist in this important industry including but not limited to:
-Crop Production Meetings
-Up to Date Information via Newsletters, Text Messaging, and E-Mail
-One on One Consultations through Field Visits, Telephone Calls, and Office Visits
-Media - Newspaper Columns, Radio Programs, and Local Cable Television Programs
-Plant Tissue Analysis
-Manure Analysis for Fertilizer Value
-Pesticide Applicator Training
To learn more about any of these programs and services, contact Randy Chlapecka, County Extension Agent - Staff Chair.
Jackson County 4-H Clubs
Jackson County 4-H Youth Development serves over 60 youth in projects such as animal science, shooting sports, gardening, and photography. 4-H members can select from a variety of other activities and programs to participate. The mission of 4-H is to provide opportunities for youth to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, form attitudes, and practice behavior that will enable them to become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society. The 4-H program is open to youth between the ages of 5 and 19. If you are interested in learning more about the 4-H program, contact the Jackson County Extension Office.
Fit in 10
"Fit in 10" is a research-based exercise program including the "Increasing Physical Activity as We Age" Fact Sheets and an exercise DVD. With this program you can exercise in one of two ways: 10 minute chunks throughout the day or all at once. The research-based Fit in 10 video can be done for 40 minutes or you can pick and choose the segments to create your own exercise experience.
Community and Economic Development
Photo: Downtown Newport Farmers Market thrives as a result of a true collaborative effort.
The Jackson County Extension Office maintains a good relationship with the Newport Economic Development Commission and the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. We have been involved from the beginning with the highly successful New Vision Newport leadership program which has graduated approximately 200 participants. We are involved on the steering committee of the Downtown Newport Farmers Market which has grown with a new structure dedicated in 2011. We are a source of unbiased information whenever the public is looking for information on statewide ballot issues that are about to be voted on.