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.
- Private Pesticide Applicator Training
Miller County is offering two upcoming Pesticide Applicator Trainings (PAT).
Please call our office at 870-779-3609 to register. After 20+ years at $10 per year and $10 training fee, the cost is now $20 for the training and the same cost of $10 per year for the 5 years (or $45 for the full 5 years the training covers).
- Four States Agricultural Exposition
The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is conducting an Agricultural Exposition in conjunction with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. This one-day event features a wide variety of subject matter from horticulture to feral hog management, from estate planning to insect management. This event is held from 8:00 - 3:30 and ends with a Pesticide Applicator Training for Arkansas residents as well as CEUs for Texas applicants.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Do you want to learn how to eat healthier or become more physically or financially fit? Are you a diabetic or just enjoy learning how to prepare foods from other countries? All of these topics, and many more, are addressed through the family and consumer science educational programs. Contact Carla Hadley, Miller County Staff Chair/Family & Consumer Sciences Agent for more information.
- The Child Care Extension News
Training Opportunities for Guiding Children Successfully; Best Care Connected; 4-H Afterschool and Best Care
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Best Care Child Development Training
Best Care Child Development Training will be held Saturday, February 2, 2019 starting at 9:00 a.m. Pre-registration is required by January 30th.
New this year is online registration by visiting: https://uaex.formstack.com/forms/bcc
You may also mail or bring your registration form to the Miller County Extension Service, 400 Laurel, Suite 215, Texarkana, AR 71854, call our office with your information, email email@example.com.
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:
- 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 inforamtion 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
- Arkansas 4-H Livestock Leadership Academy
The 2019 Livestock Leadership Academy will be held March 21-23 at the 4-H Center. It is open to senior 4-H members. Registration is $85 and is open in 4HOnline. The deadline to apply is February 28. There is a late deadline with a late fee set for March 5. 4-Hers will participate in the ExCEL program, Farm Tours and more.
- 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