Welcome To The
Sharp 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 lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Sharp County Extension Office is at your service!
Master Gardener Program Taking Applications
Want to be a Master Gardener? Applications are being taken in Sharp, Izard, Fulton and Independence counties for persons who want to sharpen their horticultural skills and then share their knowledge with others.
The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is conducting the Master Gardener training during March 2017. Trainings last for 5 days. The location of the trainings will be Ash Flat, Melbourne, Batesville and Salem.
Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants, who following training and receipt of the Master Gardener certification, will be asked to donate 40 hours to help County Extension Agents with county fairs and be an active County Master Gardener by participating in special master gardener projects in their county.
Training will begin in March 2017 with instruction on basic botany, principles of horticulture, soils and fertilizers, irrigation, pest control and pesticide use. Other training sessions include vegetable production, home fruit production, landscaping, and lawn care.
All training will be conducted by Cooperative Extension Service professionals and volunteers. A fee of $75.00 covers books and other materials.
Final selection of participants will be made from applications.
Deadline for applying is January 27, 2017.
For details, contact the Sharp County Extension Office at 870-994-7363.
Photo: Landscaping plants
It is time for the annual “Kids Helping Kids 4-H Food Drive” all food items collected will be donated to the Highland School District Backpack Program. This program provides a backpack of food each weekend for students who might otherwise be hungry. Sharp County 4-H members do not want their peers to be hungry so we are asking the community for help!!
Food will be collected January 9th-February 10th!!
Items may be dropped off at the Sharp County Extension Office.
For questions or more information you can contact the Extension office at 994-7363.
When purchasing food to donate consider items on this list or other food items that can be easily opened and prepared by children.
Items needed include:
Apple sauce cups
Packages of cheese crackers
Photo: Food collected during the 2016 Sharp County "4-H Can Make a Difference" Food Drive
Contact Joe Moore, County Agent, for questions you have about the topics below or any other questions regarding livestock, farming, gardening, weed and pest control, and more.
Beef and Forage Meeting:
A beef and forage meeting is set for February 21st at Ozarka College. The program will start at 6:00pm. Those wishing to attend must pre-register by February 13th by calling the Extension office at (870) 994-7363. Cost for the meeting is $10 which can be paid at the meeting. Topics will include: New Veterinary Feed Requirement, Beef Market Outlook, and Spring Weed Control
Pesticide Applicator Training:
The Sharp County Extension office will host a Pesticide Applicator training on February 9th at 10:00am in the annex courtroom. Cost for the class is $10 which is to be paid at the time at training. If you have any questions on pesticide use or about the training please contact the Extension office.
Veterinary Feed Directive:
The new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) goes into effect October 1, 2015. This means all antibiotics labeled as a VFD drug must have a prescription from a veterinarian. Examples of these are CTC mineral (chlortetracycline) and many others.
Photo: Commercial Cow/Calf Pairs grazing in pasture