Welcome To The
Phillips County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s statewide network and the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture. 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, health and living, or community development, the Phillips County Extension Office is at your service!
Phillips County Agriculture
Phillips County is Row Crop Agriculture. Production acres in the County are almost 400,000 acres and increasing row crop production is a very important goal to producers. The Phillips County Extension Service program for agriculture is here to assist producers in making Economical Integrated Pest Management decisions in all aspects of production agriculture. The agriculture program is active in doing on farm result demonstrations such as variety selection, insect control and working with glyphosate resistant weeds. Click here for more information about Phillips County row crop agriculture yields.
Photo: Hand removal of Glyphosate Resistant Palmer Pigweed on Curtis Storey Farm, Marvell
Phillips County Agriculture - Redbanded Stinkbug
August has shaped up as an explosive month for a difficult-to-control and highly damaging pest in soybean, prompting organization of the Ark-La-Miss Emergency Forum on Redbanded stink bug, set for Aug. 17 at the Capps Center in Stoneville, Mississippi. Checkout this video for the recent conference and important information regarding the redbanded stinkbug.
Photo: Redbanded stink bug
County agents in Phillips County have planted their personal crop of edible soybeans - Edamame. It is hoped that area school gardens will plant them next year. This goes along with the Arkansas Foods curriculum being taught through SNAP-Ed in the schools.
Photo: Picture of Edamame Plants.
Feral Hog Control in Phillips County
Feral hog control is becoming more important in Phillips county. Producer Jason Webster attempted to capture a feral hog but failed due to an enclosure not suited for the size and strength of the animal. Agent Robert Goodson helped create the paneled and doored enclosure, the first of it's kind in the county. Costs were low due to found items but the cost of an enclosure ranges from $110-$200 depending on materials. For help controlling feral hogs in your area, call our Extension office and visit our website for feral hog control tips.
Photo: Before and after - cage set by producer, hog broke out of it. The second photo is of the finished enclosure made with help from agricultural agent Robert Goodson.
Phillips County Family & Consumer Sciences
Phillips County ranks 74 out of 75 in the county health rankings. 24% of the population has limited access to healthy foods in comparison to 8% for the state. 51% of the children in Phillips County live in poverty in comparison to 28% for Arkansas. The Phillips County Extension Service is dedicated to the community education needs of its residents with relevant programs such as Best Care, Guiding Children Successfully and more.
Photo: Guiding Children Successfully Presentation in Classroom
Phillips County Community Development
Downtown Helena Farmers Market
The downtown Helena Farmers Market is a collaborative effort to provide local farmers and vendors with a retail outlet for their products, provide citizens the opportunity to purchase fresh, quality products, and promote Helena and Phillips County. The Phillips County Extension Service, as a part of the Farmers Market Committee, gave valuable insight as a partner and exhibitor for the markets inception and continued success.
Photo: Phillips County Farmers Market Vendor
Phillips County, Arkansas 4-H
4-H is the youth development component of the University Of Arkansas, Division Of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. It is one of the most rewarding programs any family could be a part of. Youth and their families are offered a world of opportunities to explore new things, form positive attitudes, learn new skills, and generally lay the foundation for a more promising future. Phillips County 4-H offers educational programs to youth throughout the county in 4-H club meetings, workshops, and school enrichment programs. For more information, contact the Phillips County Extension Office. You could also check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
Photo: Phillips County Broiler BBQ Participant