Welcome To The
Jefferson 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 Jefferson County Extension Office is at your service!
Increasing Irrigation Efficiency
The Jefferson County Extension Agriculture Agent, Anthony Whittington, works with
row crop producers to increase irrigation efficiency with poly pipe tubing by using
computerized hole selection. Pipe Planner by Delta Plastics is a free online tool
that producers can use to save water and improve distribution across a field. The
average water savings is 25% by using the program. For more information on Pipe Planner
or other agriculture programs, contact Anthony Whittington at 870-534-1033 or email
Photo: Irrigation Field in Jefferson County
Jefferson County Coach Touts Success of 4-H Yoga
Coach Jarret Miles, of Southwood Elementary School in Pine Bluff, asked to organize an in-school 4-H Yoga Club at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. His goal was to use the 4-H Yoga curriculum, which he had been trained in through a teacher in-service, to help reduce some of the behavioral issues that were occurring at school. His plan was to recruit students who had exemplary behavior and students who were having repeated behavioral problems to form the club, with the hopes that the good behavior would “be contagious”. Of course, being a P.E. teacher and coach, he also wanted the students to gain healthy living skills and increase physical activity. With the help of County 4-H Agent, Pia Woods, the Southwood Elementary 4-H Yoga Club was formed in September 2015. The club meets for an hour on the first and second Wednesday of each month. Coach Miles and Agent Woods co-teach the lessons. Club members have now mastered the basic yoga moves and have enjoyed doing some of the curriculum activities such as” Musical Yoga Mats”.Coach Miles was excited to give this testimony last month during standardized testing week: “The students seemed to be a bit unsettled and stressed during testing, so I had them do some yoga during our break. I could see a difference in them afterwards. They seemed to be more relaxed and better able to focus on the test. So, for the rest of test week, I had everyone do yoga before we started testing. I think it really helped our kids. 4-H yoga really works."
Salvation Army Women’s Service League members share food label information during SNAP-Ed program by Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Mary Ann Kizer. Bring EBT cards to Saracen Landing Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays or Saturdays from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Double Your Bucks for vegetables and fruit.
Photo: Salvation Army Women's Service League Members
In the fall of 2015, The Bayou Bartholomew Clean-up was collaborated with Pine Bluff City Hall, Jefferson County, Walmart, and Southeast Urban Storm Water program through Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service. The clean-up was held March 2016. The clean-up was developed to eliminate the trash that had been built up from previous heavy rain fall that flooded ditches along with water running into the Bayou Bartholomew access point. Shopping carts, plastic bottles, and cardboard boxes were just a few of the items that were collected to be discarded. The amount of trash collected was (768 cubic feet of trash). The cleanup brought out over 60 people equaling 165 hours of community service totaling $3,887.00 back into the community.
Photo: Bayou Bartholomew Clean- Up in Jefferson County.
Jefferson County Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener volunteer program is a great way to gain horticultural expertise, meet other avid gardeners and get connected to the community. What differentiates Master Gardeners from other home gardeners is the specialized horticulture training they receive. In exchange for their training, Master Gardeners contribute time as volunteers. Jefferson County Master Gardeners volunteer in over a dozen projects including the Youth Demonstration Garden, Butterfly, Herb and Flower Gardens and at the annual Home and Garden Show. To learn more about becoming a Jefferson County Master Gardener, contact Lee Anderson II, CEA-Staff Chair at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office.
Photo: Master Gardeners attending State Conference in Eureka Springs and MG volunteer
working in the Master Gardener Youth Garden.