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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. 

 


  •  Red Dirt Master Gardener Basic Training Accepting Applications
     Master Gardener logo with a garden background


    Mark your calendar

    The Miller County Master Gardeners are accepting applications for their 2019 Basic Training. Classes will be held October 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6. The cost of this training is $125, which covers your book, badge, first year's dues and training supplies. Return your completed form to us no later than September 11, 2019 - no exceptions. 


  • 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.

 
  • Pecan Tissue Sampling

    pecan branch with red circle showing how to take samples

    Now is the time to pull plant tissue nutrient samples for pecans. These results are important for growers to determine fertility rates for next year and to identify if any deficiencies may be developing.

    Cost is $20 per sample + $5 shipping.

    See PowerPoint with photos on how to pull the samples. Last year we were able to get over 24 pecan growers to submit samples. These samples help us compare this year's results to see how things have changed.

    The time to submit samples is now.

    Click HERE for information on how to submit pecan tissue.

     
     
 
  • Arkansas Farm Animal Veterinarian Directory

     The new Arkansas Farm Animal Veterinarian Directory is now available.  This directory is based on a veterinary survey conducted in March. To any veterinarians that did not turn in their survey and would like to be included, please contact Heidi Ward, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor and Veterinarian with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture (501-671-2162) directly.  Paper copies will be available at the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association Convention at the end of August for producers.  

  •  Map of Confirmed Rabies Cases in Arkansas

    Skunks and bats are the main reservoirs for rabies in our state. We have had two horses positive for rabies this year.  Last year, we had a positive cow. View the map below and click the What is Rabies? to read more about rabies.

    Rabies Map for Arkansas

  • 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

  • Cooking Oils - Which One Do I Choose

    It can be overwhelming when you notice the different types of cooking oils at your supermarket. Which one is best for what you are cooking? Learn more here:

    Infographic showing the various types of oils with their properties

     

     

  • Expanded Foods & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) 

    Miller County EFNEP PA teaches Hempstead County PA the ropes

    Hempstead County new EFNEP (Expanded Foods & Nutrition Education Program) Program Assistant, Amy McClane shadows Miller County Program Assistant, Casey Battles, while teaching her Kids in the Kitchen Protein lesson and Yoga for Kids. Amy stated, "I learned so much and had a great time. The training collaboration among counties is wonderful. Miller County Extension Office was very welcoming and supportive. My training will soon be complete, and I look forward to applying the newly acquired skills to good use for the benefit of my community members." Learn more about the EFNEP Program by calling 870-779-3609 

     

      EFNEP PA teaches nutrition to residents in Miller County

     

     Yoga for Kids being taught by EFNEP PA Casey Battles

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: 

  • 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