Welcome To The
Lee 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 Lee County Extension Office is at your service!
Agriculture: Rice Research Verification Program (RRVP)
230 bu/ac. . . That is the yield Lanny Bosnick of Moro made in the 2013 Rice Research Verification Program. 230 bu/ac is an excellent yield for rice at anytime, but it is especially good for a conventional variety - in this case Roy J. In fact, the Lee County RRVP field grown by Mr. Bosnick was the 2nd highest yield in the statewide program which includes hybrids. The significance of this is it shows that conventional varieties can compete with hybrids in yield, but typically cost much less to produce. The purpose of the RRVP is to use information gained from research and apply it to real world rice fields. It is a two-year program and each year the participating producer agrees to follow Extension recommendations so that we can "verify" the validity of the research. There are research verification programs for most crops grown in Lee County including soybeans, cotton, corn, wheat, and grain sorghum. For more information about these and other Extension programs, contact Stan Baker at the Lee County Cooperative Extension Service.
Photo: Producer, cooperator, Lanny Bosnick with agent, Ernest Bradley at the Lee County RRVP field
Lee County 4-H
At the core of 4-H, you will find youth developing valuable life skills through a variety of activities and projects. From agriculture to citizenship and wildlife to fashion, everyone will find something that interests them. The Lee County Cooperative Extension Service is actively working to increase 4-H participation by offering an array of workshops and program series. For example, twenty-six youth invested a combined 464 hours to gaining knowledge and developing key life skills during a recent four month program series focusing on Citizenship and Leadership. Future week long workshops include Exploring 4-H, Growing My Own Garden, Food Science, Gross and Disgusting Science, and Creative Arts. You don’t want to miss out on the fun and exciting 4-H activities that are happening in Lee County! Join a 4-H Club today. For additional information on 4-H in Lee County, please contact Elizabeth Easley or Charlet Jones.
*Photo: Youth making Christmas ornaments to donate to local nursing homes.
Family and Consumer Science
Family & Consumer Sciences teaches Lee County families about nutrition, money and health. We offer programs such as SNAP-ED, EFNEP, Strong Women and Men, Small Steps to Health and Wealth as well as Nutrition Programs.
As part of the EFNEP Program, Lee County HIPPY parents were taught "Make Half Your Grains Whole." Parents were introduced to 100% whole grain products and encouraged to make the change from processed pastas, rice, and breads to help incorporate more fiber in their diet . Making healthy food choices will improve their overall health and will lower their risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and some cancers. Parents are also encouraged to become more physically active.
We welcome comments and encourage you to take advantage of the educational programs offered. Service is last in our name but first in priority! Please contact Charlet Jones for more information.
Photo: Lee County Program Assistant teaching HIPPY parents
Estate Planning is something many people either put off until it is to late or never think about it all all. Many people don't know where to start when it comes to estate planning.
Everyone who owns property has an estate, which will have to be distributed at their death. Including things as simple as a pie plate!!
Lee County hosted a Tri-County, two-day Workshop on Estate Planning. We partnered with Monroe, Phillips and St. Francis counties to make this event a success.
Topics covered during the workshop included: How To Get Started on an Estate Plan, Who Gets Grannies Pie Plate, Funeral Pre-Planning, Reverse Mortgages, Probate, Trusts and Land Transfers.
For more information on Estate Planning and upcoming workshops in Lee County, contact Charlet Jones at 870-295-7720.