Welcome To The
Sevier County, Arkansas
Cooperative Extension Service
Photo: Sevier County Extension Office building
Sevier County Extension Service
We are part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service's statewide network and the U of A 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's agriculture, 4-H, family and consumer science, or community development, our Sevier County office is at your service.
Our office is located on the UA Cossatot Campus in De Queen, AR in the Agriculture/Adams Building.
An age-old saying is "to be a good cattle farmer you must be a good grass farmer first." Caudle Farms in Horatio reduced their winter feeding costs by $6,000 by producing hay that exceeds the nutritional needs of their cattle. They completely eliminated the need to use supplemental feed for the first time in many years. Sevier County Extension office would like to help you increase production on your farm operation through the use of good management practices. Some of the things we can assist you with are forage and soil testing, conducting pasture inventories, and completing production calendars for the whole farm.
For information on Sevier County agriculture programs contact Rex Herring, County Extension Agent-Staff Chair-Agriculture at (870) 584-3013.
Photo: The Caudle family from Horatio works with the Extension office to test their hay for nutrient analyses.
Family & Consumer Sciences
Sevier County Family and Consumer Sciences Program is here to serve the people of our county. Our goal is to help you grow a strong family by offering researched based programs to help you spend smart, raise responsible children, exercise, eat right, navigate the health care system and communicate effectively. We believe that strong, healthy families are the foundation of a great Arkansas Community. Sevier County Extension and their volunteers are dedicated to meeting the community's needs through a variety of educational programs.
Reshape Yourself helps adults reach and maintain a healthier weight. StrongWomen and StrongMen is a strength-training program created for those in mid-life or older. The Parenting Journey teaches sound and practical lessons to raise healthy, loving and responsible children. Get Real, Here's the Deal gives youth the opportunity to experience financial decision-making.
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Photo: Sevier County FCS Agent, Janet Cantrell, working with students during the Shifting Financial Attitudes Day Camp in Hope.
4-H Leading the Way
Leadership is a strong point in the 4-H program. A 4-H’er with leadership experience has the ability to improve their club and community. The 4-H Teen Leaders Club was given the opportunity to gain leadership skills by helping judge 4-H O’Rama’s, teaching educational classes, and helping plan 4-H events. Teen leaders went to Polk and Howard Counties to judge speeches, performing arts, and fashion review. They joined forces with Howard County to plan our annual Quad County 4-H Camp. One 4-H’er became a Teen Star and Ambassador in his first year of applying. One active 4-H’er was elected as our first District Vice President. Four 4-H’ers helped Extension personnel teach a nutrition class for 4-H Day. Two others helped with teaching a Cookie Decorating Workshop and a class on Running a Business. Two attended Teen Leader Conference and 2 attended Citizen Washington Focus in Washington, D.C.
For more information on joining Sevier County 4-H, contact the Sevier County Extension
office at (870) 584-3013. Join us on Facebook
Photo: 4-H Program Assistant, Dawn Fortner, conducting "Rockets to the Rescue" for National 4-H Science Day in October with 4-H'ers Elise Dean (left) and Kaydee Cowling (right) looking on.
Extension Homemakers Clubs
Sevier County Extension Homemakers Club (EHC) members serve as volunteers at local and surrounding county and district fairs, local health fairs, teaching 4-H and food preservation programs, and many other events and activities.
Sevier County has 3 organized EH clubs with 32 members that have given 1000 volunteer hours to their county. There are 2 types of clubs, community and project clubs, and they are open to both males and females. To join an EH club or if you are interested in forming a new club contact Sevier County Extension office at (870) 584-3013 or come by our office located on the Cossatot Community College, University of Arkansas (CCCUA) campus at 183 Hwy 399 in De Queen. We are located in the Agriculture Building.
De Queen Club 2nd Wednesday at 9:30am
(at the REA Building)
Gillham Club 2nd Friday at 10:00 am
(in member’s homes)
Seam Rippers Every other Thursday at 6:30
(De Queen Sr. Citizen’s Center)
START A NEW CLUB!!! You decide when and where to meet!
Photo: Sevier County EHC members having fun at their Fall EH Council meeting.
Community Development - Farmer's Market
Sevier County Extension Service helped establish the local Farmer’s Market by providing rules, leadership training, and organizational plans. A live radio spot is conducted weekly during the growing season promoting the current produce available.
Producers can join with a yearly membership or pay for a day-by-day pass. The market runs from May until the end of the growing season. Vendors are required to be from Sevier or surrounding Counties. All vendors must follow state Farmer’s Market and Health Department rules and guidelines.
Join Sevier County Farmer's Market on Facebook and watch the video interviews conducted by Mayor McKelvy.
Photo: Farmers display their crops for sale at the Sevier County Farmer’s Market
Estate Planning Workshop
Sevier, Howard, and Polk County Extension Services held an Estate Planning Workshop with over three dozen people in attendance.
Lisa B. Shoalmire, Elder Law Attorney with Ross & Shoalmire in Texarkana, Texas was very informative with her presentation on probates, trusts, and wills. Several participants from the workshop have already begun to plan their future needs based on what they learned.
Laura Hendrix, Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences, Cooperative Extension Service talked about “Getting Started on an Estate Plan”. It is never too early to start planning your estate. The important thing to remember is to HAVE an estate plan so your property will be divided based on your wishes and not the state’s guidelines.
Howard County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Jean Ince, talked about “Transfers of Non-titled Property” which would include personal items. One option of deciding which family member gets the quilt that grandma made or the family Bible, etc. is to ask the family members to choose something they would like. If they can’t decide, you can draw straws or whatever clever option you may think of. By getting these decisions out in the open and upfront, it may avoid conflict later.
Sevier County Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Janet Cantrell, told how to keep all your papers organized in a notebook and in the event of your untimely death, a family member left to deal with the aftermath could have everything they need at hand to pay bills and make decisions.
Photo: Elder Law Attorney, Lisa B. Shoalmire with Ross & Shoalmire out of Texarkana, Texas presented information on probates, trusts, and wills.