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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. 

 

Voluntary Row Crop Burn Guidelines

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. 

 


 Master Gardener logo with a garden background


Mark your calendar

The Miller County Master Gardeners are accepting applications for their 2020 Basic Training. Classes will be held in October and November 2020. The cost of this training is $125, which covers your book, badge, first year's dues and training supplies.  


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 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.

 
 
 

 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.  

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

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.

How many minutes do YOU want to spend being physically active per week? All you need is a team of 3-8 members (friends, family, co-workers, etc.) who have set a personal goal. Then log your physical activity time on the Walk Across Arkansas website and let's get started.

Walk Across Arkansas flyer Spring 2020

 

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.

Farm to You at Fouke 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 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: 

 SW Arkansas Agricultural Academy

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.

Apply Here

 

 

Contests/Leadership Activities

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 2 - Connors State College Aggie Days, Warner, Okla.

April 4 - NEO Contest, Miami, Okla.

April 30 - Arkansas State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, Little Rock

Shows

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

 Fairs

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 

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