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Extension Educational Programs & Services

Miller 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.

Agriculture and Natural Resources
From Beef and Forages to Row Crops to Vegetable Gardening and Lawn Care to Plant Diseases

 Whether you have a large farm or a small home garden, the Miller County Extension Staff can assist you with your concerns. We offer a wide variety of education programs from beef and forage production to row crops to vegetable gardening and lawn care. Contact Jennifer Caraway, Miller County Extension Agriculture Agent for more research-based information on agriculture and home horticulture programs. 

 



  • Upcoming Pesticide Applicator Trainings (PAT)

    Pesticide Applicator Training

    We are excited to announce that the online recertification program for private applicators is up and running. You can access it below.

    This online training provides another opportunity for private applicators to get recertified. The online training is not designed for people that need to get their license for the first time – they still need to see us for that.

    The online program has 5 different required modules with embedded questions in each that must be answered correctly in order to proceed. You cannot fast forward through the training or skip slides, but you can back-up to review information for the embedded questions. It should take a little over 2 hours to complete.

    We have done our best to make the program interesting, informative, and the process self-explanatory for the user.  It is based on the platform we have used for the dicamba training the past two years, so it should work fairly smoothly.

    The cost of the training is $20 and you pay online. 

    If you are in need of a new chemical license, click below to see what is available in our county as well as other counties within the state of Arkansas. There is also a waiting list section; if we get enough interest in a training, one may be held in our county.

 
 
  • Southwest Arkansas Cotton Meeting
     
    Join us February 21, 2019 at the University of Arkansas Cossatot Barbara Horn Convention Center in Ashdown, AR from 10:00 until noon. Lunch will be served.
    Dr. Bill Robertson will discuss cotton varieties, pest management and more!
    For more information or to register, contact one of the following Extension Offices:
    Miller County - 870-779-3609
    Little River County - 870-898-7224
    Lafayette County - 870-921-4744
  •  AI Training Course
    AI Training Course 
  • Calculating Cotton Yields

Family and Consumer Sciences
From Healthy Cooking to Food Safety; from Diabetic Cooking to Professional Child Care Training and Much More

From canning to nutrition to food safety, all of these topics, and many more, are addressed through the family and consumer science educational programs. Contact Carla Due, Miller County Staff Chair/Family & Consumer Sciences Agent for more information.

  • The Child Care Extension News - May 2019
    • Grateful children is something we all want, but are not sure how to create. Learn ideas on how to teach this important character trait. Make Cinco De Mayo Popsicles as well as a craft to thank the brave men and women who currently serve in the military defending our country. Mother's Day is coming soon and we know that kids love making handmade cards. These Button Art Flower cards are perfect for mom or grandma. 

      It is difficult to express the importance of teachers. You are superheros who do far more than teach. In this newsletter, you  will find a recipe for Memorial Day Popsicles; A Mother's Day Card craft idea; receive face-to-face training and more.

      May 2019 Newsletter

  • "Cook Your Way to a Healthier You" Cooking School

    Join us for a 2-day cooking school featuring the DASH Diet, which is mainly a low-sodium, healthy way of eating. A $30 fee will be charged, which covers both sessions, to cover the cost of the materials.

    This cooking school will be hands-on. Class dates are scheduled for April 10 and April 24, 2019 from 1:00-4:00 PM Pre-registration is required to save your spot. For reservations or for more information, call the Miller County Extension office 870-779-3609 or e-mail cdue@uaex.edu. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Your spot is not reserved until you have paid. You may receive a refund should you need to cancel until April 1st. After this date, you may find someone to take your spot but money will not be refunded after this date.

    healthy meal for low sodium diet
  • Butterfly Bites at Trice Elementary 

    Trice Elementary students tasting butterfly bites.

    Trice Elementary students taste butterfly bites

     

     Butterfly Bites

    From USDA SNAP-Ed 

    1 (16 ounce) package celery hearts

    1 (10 ounce) bag large twist pretzels

    1 (16 ounce) jar cream peanut butter (trans fat free). Beware of any peanut allergies! You can use 2 (12 ounce) tubs of cream cheese as a substitute

    1 1/2 cups raisins

    Cut celery in half crosswise. Fill center of each celery stick with about 1 1/2 Tbsp. peanut butter. This is the butterfly's body. Add 2 pretzels to form the butterfly's wings. Use extra pretzel pieces for antenna and raisins for decoration.

Miller County 4-H
Fun and Education for Youth Ages 9-19 or for Cloverbuds, Ages 5-8

4-H is a fun and educational program where kids "learn by doing." It is a great opportunity for youth to acquire knowledge and skills, and develop healthy lifestyles that will be beneficial for the rest of their lives. In Miller County it takes the form of community clubs, project clubs, and in-school clubs. 

Anyone age 9-19 can join 4-H or we have Cloverbud activities for youth ages 5-18. So come join the fun. There are many project areas and we can find one just for you! Be sure to let Hanan know if there is anything you need help with.

The faces of 4-Hers are as diverse as the activities in which they take part. Some of the exciting programs our members are experiencing firsthand include:

 

  • 2019 Miller County O'Rama 

    County O'Rama is coming soon to Miller County! Be sure to sign up. It is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th, beginning at 5:30 PM. All events will be conducted at the Miller County Courthouse. This year, we are requiring members to sign-up online so we may prepare accordingly. If you have questions or need help, please feel free to contact me at 870-779-3609.

    Click below to sign-up for the 2019 Miller County O'Rama.Online registration will close Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

  • Miller County 4-H Club Resources & Flickr Account

    A collection of useful information and support documents for club activities, including officer elections and record books

    • Miller County 4-H Flickr Account

      Photographs collected by Extension staff throughout the year. All images are free to download for each member.

    • State Livestock Skillathon and District Livestock Skills

      Click here for Livestock Skillathon Contest Information, which details the different parts of the state contest as well as provides resources for further information.

      Click here for information about the NEW district Livestock Skills Contest. This is an individual contest and is NOT a state qualifying contest. The Livestock Skillathon is still a state-only TEAM contest. The district contest is open to both junior and senior 4-H'ers and a county may enter 2 in each division.

      You may also access past contest materials and resources here. Scroll down to Livestock Skillathon and click on Livestock Skills Resources

  • Southwest Arkansas Agricultural Academy

     SW Arkansas Agricultural Academy

    The Miller County Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce the launch of the Southwest Arkansas Agri Academy. The Academy is an innovative, week-long youth leadership program for area students interested in learning more about the expansive agricultural industry in the four states area.

    The Southwest Arkansas Agri Academy will be held June 3-7 and will feature tours of area agribusinesses from the various facets of agriculture and natural resources that influence the regional economy. Academy attendees will also work on personal leadership development throughout the week.

    The camp is open to students who will be enrolled in high school during the Fall 2019 semester. Students who are interested in attending must fill out an application by Monday, April 15 to be considered. The cost of the camp is $75.00.

    Register or find out more by clicking below.

 

  • Contests/Leadership Activities 

    February 16 - Arkansas FFA Alumni Livestock Judging Contest, Malvern

    February 22 - Arkansas Beef Quiz Bowl, Fayetteville

    February 22 - UA Livestock Placing Contest, Fayetteville

    February 23 - Wild Hog Livestock Judging Contest, Fayetteville

    March 1 - Battle Royale Livestock Judging Contest, Arkadelphia

    March 21-23 - Livestock Leadership Academy, 4-H Center

    April 18 - Practice State Livestock Skillathon Contest, Location TBD

    May 2 - State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, Little Rock

    September 25 - 4-H Day at the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair, Fort Smith

  • Upcoming Shows/Fairs/Deadlines

    WINTER/SPRING SHOWS

    January 12-27, 2019 - National Western Stock Show, Denver

    January 18-February 9, 2019 - Fort Worth Stock Show, Fort Worth

    February 23 - SALE Show, Hope

    February 25-March 17, 2019 - Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston

    April 6 - Heart of the Ozarks Show Series, Batesville

    April 27 - Heart of the Ozarks Show Series, Batesville

    April 27 - Southwest District Spring Livestock Show, Hope

    May 2-4 - Arkansas State Fair Spring Show, Little Rock

    May 15 - Arkansas State Fair Steer DNA Order Kit Due

    May 31 - Arkansas State Fair Steer Online Nomination and DNA Kit Due

    June 22 - Arkansas Junior Swine Series, Fayetteville

    June 29 - Arkansas Junior Swine Series, Fayetteville

    July 1 - All Market Animal DNA Due for AKSARBEN Stock Show

    July 13 - Arkansas Junior Swine Series, Fayetteville

    July 15 - Market Lamb, Market Goat, Market Hog DNA Order Kit Due

    July 27 - Arkansas Junior Swine Series, Fayetteville

    July 31 - Market Lamb, Market Goat, Market Hog Online Nomination and DNA Kit Due

    August 10 - All Market Animal DNA Due for American Royal

    September 12-22 - Four States Fair, Texarkana

    September 15-21 - Northwest Arkansas District Fair, Harrison

    September 16-21 - Northeast Arkansas District Fair, Jonesboro

    September 20-28 - Arkansas/Oklahoma State Fair, Fort Smith

    September 23-28 - North Central Arkansas District Fair, Melbourne

    September 24-28 - Southwest District Fair, Hope

    September 26-29 - AKSARBEN Stock Show, Grand Island, Neb

    September 27-October 5 - Southeast District Fair, Pine Bluff

    October 10-20 - Arkansas State Fair, Little Rock

    October 16-27 - American Royal, Kansas City

    October 24-November 10 - State Fair of Louisiana, Shreveport

    November 5-21 - North American International Livestock Show, Louisville