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
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.
- Arkansas Voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines for Row Crop Burning
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.
- Pecan Tissue Sampling
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.
- 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.
- "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 email@example.com. 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.
- Farm to You Interactive Exhibit at Fouke Elementary School
Fouke Elementary students are learning the relationship between Arkansas agriculture, food and health at this fun, interactive exhibit. FFA students did a fantastic job of presenting at each station.
- Butterfly Bites at Trice Elementary
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.
- Expanded Foods & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
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:
- 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
- Miller County 4-H Flickr Account
- Southwest 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
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