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.
COVID-19 Community Survey
Capturing Stories and Assessing Needs
The Community, Professional & Economic Development unit has launched a community survey to assess major challenges facing communities and how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. While assessing community needs is crucial, the survey also seeks to capture stories of resiliency - like organizing mutual networks, hand-sewing masks, and planning caravan birthday parties - to illustrate all the ways communities are demonstrating unity and cultivating support.Take the Survey by Clicking Here
Agriculture and Natural Resources
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.
The use of prescribed fire in Arkansas' cropland can be an important part of a crop management plan in row crops such as rice, wheat, corn, cotton, and soybeans. The use of prescribed fire to accomplish specific crop management objectives - mainly the removal of stubble - is regarded as a valuable tool for farmers.
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.
Family and Consumer Sciences
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.
They have opened back up so we are now able to offer our ServSafe Food Safety Training. We have two scheduled but are limited to the number of people we can accommodate. We have either Wed. & Thurs., July 15 & 16 or Mon. & Tues., July 20 & 21, 2020. We are most limited as of now in the July 20 & 21 training. If you are interested in this training, please fill out the form below and mail it, along with your check, to 400 Laurel * Suite 215, Texarkana, AR 71854 or call us at 870-779-3609.
With our social distancing, many will spend time cleaning out their pantries and refrigerators. This research-based chart helps you know the life span of various types of pantry and food items we keep in our kitchens.
Trice Elementary students tasting 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.
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
Miller County 4-H
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:
The 63rd Annual Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest will be Thursday, June 4, 2020 in Little Rock. This annual event is sponsored during June Dairy Month by Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Arkansas Dairy Cooperative Association.
The contest is divided into two categories: Main Dish and Party Ideas. Each county may enter one recipe in each of the two categories.
Students enrolled in 4-H aged 9-19 or in the 4th through 12th grades as of Jan. 01, 2020, and living in Arkansas may enter. Home-schooled students may also enter. Entries must be approved by the county dairy committee or by the county Extension agent.
Each contestant must agree to participate in the state cook-off if his or her recipe is selected for the semifinals.
The Miller County Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce our 2nd 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 1-5, 2020 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.
The Scott Foundation 4-H Scholarship is a one-time scholarship available to graduating seniors who are active 4-H members in good standing with Miller County 4-H. Completed applications should be turned in to the county Extension office by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.
February 28 - Arkansas Beef Quiz Bowl, Fayetteville
February 29 - Wild Hog Livestock Judging Contest, Fayetteville
April 30 - Arkansas 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest, Little Rock
June 1-4 - LLC Session 1
June 16 - Ouachita District O'Rama
June 17 - Ozark District O'Rama
June 18 - Delta District O'Rama
June 22-24 - Arkansas Show Camp, Searcy
July 7-10 - LLC Session 2
July 22 - State O'Rama Speaking Contests, Fayetteville
July 23 - Arkansas 4-H State Skillathon Contest, Fayetteville
August 3-6 - LLC Session 3
February 15 - Arkansas FFA Alumni CDE, Garland County Fairgrounds
February 28 - UA Placing Workshop, Fayetteville
February 29 - Wild Hog CDE, Fayetteville
March 5 - Logan County FFA Field Day, Paris
March 6 - Centerpoint Battle Royale, Glenwood
April 4 - NEO Contest, Miami, Okla.
February 15 - ICC Stampede - AJCA, Brockwell
February 22 - Razorback Roundup - AJCA, Fayetteville (see attached)
February 23 - CAUA Cattle Exhibition - AJCA, Fayetteville
February 29 - Bring the Heat - S.A.L.E., Hope (see attached)
March 7 - Knock Down Drag Out - H.O.S.S., Fayetteville
March 14 - Crowley's Ridge Classic - AJCA, Paragould
March 21 - S.A.L.E. Show
March 28 - Foothills Cattle Battle - AJCA, Clarksville
April 4 - Battle for the Banner - H.O.S.S., Berryville
April 11 - UA Block and Bridle Cattle for a Cause - AJCA, Fayetteville
April 19 - Simmental Field Day - AJCA, Searcy
April 19 - Hereford Field Day - AJCA, Searcy
April 19 - Angus Field Day - AJCA, Searcy
April 25 - H.O.S.S. Show - Melbourne
May 1-2 - ASF State Spring Show, Little Rock
May 1-2 - AJCA Rock Town Showdown, Little Rock
May 9 - Breeding Sheep Council Show
January 17-February 8 - Fort Worth Stock Show, Fort Worth, Texas
January 30-February 16 - Dixie Nationals, Jackson, Mississippi
March 3-22 - Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston, Texas
April 30-May 2 - Arkansas State Spring Show, Little Rock
September 21-26 - Northeast Arkansas District Fair, Jonesboro
September 25-October 3 - Arkansas/Oklahoma State Fair, Fort Smith
September 27-October 3 - Southeast Arkansas District Fair, Pine Bluff
October 3-7 - Arkansas Youth Expo, Fayetteville
October 16-25 - Arkansas State Fair, Little Rock
November 3-19 - North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville