Welcome To The
Perry County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service's statewide network. Our mission is to provide research-based information through non-formal education to help all Arkansans improve their economic well-being and the quality of their lives.
Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, gardening, healthy lifestyles, family, child development, food safety, food preservation, nutrition, or community development, the Perry County Extension Office is at your service!
Perry County Agriculture
Row Crops - The Conway/Perry County Row Crop Field Tour will be Thursday July 20 starting at 1:30. This is a good opportunity for producers to visit with specialists and see the demonstrations the counties have established. The agenda is as follows:
Perry County Stops
1:30 - Meet at Toad Suck One Stop Parking Lot
1:45 – 3:00
Liberty Link Variety Demonstration – Gus Lorenz, Jeremy Ross, Seed Reps
Southern Rust in Corn – Travis Faske
Conway County Stops
3:30 – 5:30
Soybean Inoculant Demonstration – Jeremy Ross
Roundup Ready Variety Demonstration – Jeremy Ross, Travis Faske, Seed Reps
Irrigation timings– Mike Hamilton, Jason Kelley, Jeremy Ross
Corn Hybrid Trial – Jason Kelley, Seed Reps
Soybean Pre-emerge Herbicide Demonstration – Tom Barber
6:00 - Dinner at Maus’ Barn
Livestock and Forages - Continue to scout armyworms in pasture and hay fields. I have noticed an increase of fly levels on beef cattle. Now is a good time to work your cattle and apply fly control. When fertilizing hay fields after a harvest, consider 100 pounds of 0-0-60 to add potassium to your soil.
Photo: Sunset on a Perry County corn field during irrigation (click to enlarge)
Perry County FCS
Court Appointed Financial Responsibility Program
Since October 2016, individuals involved in the Perry County District Court are being offered a unique opportunity to participate in a program designed to increase their knowledge of the financial responsibilities of a household. Under the guidance of Judge Andy Gill, Mary Jane Cody, the Perry County Family and Consumer Science Agent gave individuals the opportunity to attend three of the one hour programs beginning in October in order to reduce their financial obligation to the courts.
The Extension Agent covered several areas during the three programs, including household budget development, goal setting, organization techniques, record keeping, needs vs. wants, savings tips, shopping tips, and “getting the most bang for your grocery shopping buck” among other helpful information. The participants completed surveys upon completion of the third program. Several stated they felt it was helpful to them, giving them knowledge to work toward specific goals and felt it was something they would be able to put to use in their household.
These programs will continue to be offered on the last Tuesday of each month 6:00 p.m. at First Electric Cooperative’s Hospitality Room and are open to the public.
Photo: Recent graduates from the program (Click to enlarge)
Perry County 4-H
Perry County 4-H at Quorum Court
Perry County 4-H'ers are excited to be opening the meetings for the Perry County Quorum
Court. Each month a different group of 4-H'ers open the meeting with the pledge of
allegiance followed by a presentation of current projects they are part of. In April,
the St Boniface 4-H club presented their trip to the P Allen Smith Poultry Workshop.
In May, the Perryville High School Teen Leaders 4-H talked to the members about community
projects that they were involved in which included painting the "Welcome to Perry
County" signs, putting together meals packets and building shelters for the homeless.
The Perry County Quorum Court is always excited to see our youth and love to ask questions
and interact with them.
Photo: St Boniface 4-H Club (Click to enlarge)
Perry County Community Development
Perry County Area Chamber Banquet
On April 28, 2017 the Perry County Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet. The banquet was held at Bigelow High School were the student drama club presented dinner theater for the banquet guests. Students from Perryville High School helped serve the meal. Mary Jane Cody, County Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Science was a part of the banquet committee. Kevin Lawson, County Extension Agent - Staff Chair presented the Citizen of the Year award during the banquet. 4-H Outdoor Skills Coordinator Jesse Bocksnick was the recipient of this year's award.
Photo: Jesse Bocksnick, Mary Jane Cody and Kevin Lawson at Chamber of Commerce banquet. (Click to enlarge)