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Extension Educational Programs & Services
White County, Arkansas


spray rig attached to a tractor on the grass

Pesticide Applicator Trainings Scheduled for White County Dec 2018 through March 2019

Federal law requires that a person who purchases or applies a restricted use pesticide must have a current pesticide applicator license and receive periodic pesticide safety training.

Restricted use pesticides are those that have higher risk potential for humans, wildlife, and the environment. The Federal government has determined that the benefits provided by these pesticides outweigh the risks as long as they are properly handled, applied, and disposed of. Knowledge and prevention are the keys to avoiding accidents and unwanted exposure.

In Arkansas, the licensing of pesticide applicators and the enforcement of pesticide laws and regulations is the responsibility primarily of the Arkansas State Plant Board. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for certain pesticide regulations concerning transportation and disposal. The required safety training, also known as certification or recertification, is provided by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture through the Cooperative Extension Service.

Note: An individual is not eligible to purchase or apply restricted use pesticides until a License is actually issued.

The Cooperative Extension Service is committed to providing the required training, as we have three trainings scheduled for your convenience. The fee will be $20 per person for the pesticide applicator training provided by the White County Extension office. You will pay at the door on the day of the training. 

 In summary:

All private applicator training sessions provided by the Cooperative Extension Service will cost $20 per person payable at the door on the day of the training session. This registration fee does not affect the price you pay the Arkansas State Plant Board for your license.

Please remember that in most cases you will need the training (i.e., pay the $20 registration fee) only once every 5 years. 

Currently, there are three training programs scheduled in White County. These are listed below.

December 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the White County Fairgrounds

February 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Bald Knob Elementary School Cafeteria

March 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the ASU-Beebe Farm 



Row Crop Production Meeting

Mark your calendars & spread the word!!  The 2019 White County Row Crop Production Meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 28th at 9:00-2:00 at Eagle View, 450 Fairview, Rd. Searcy AR.  Registration & refreshments will begin at 8:45.  The program will start at 9:00.  We will enjoy a delicious, catered lunch by Eagle View at 11:15.  We will also have the 2019 MP Recommendation Guidelines available as well.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Covered Topics & Speakers

White County Updates – Jan Yingling

Soybean Update – Dr. Jeremy Ross

Corn Update –Dr. Jason Kelley

Weed Update – Dr. Tom Barber & Dr. Thomas Butts

Rice Update – Dr. Jarrod Hardke

Insect Update – Dr. Nick Bateman

Market Update –Mr. Scott Stiles

Photo: Corn in field.

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Bring your lunch and come join us for quick, informative sessions during lunch.  February 20, 27, and March 6 and 13.  For more information, see flyer.   It's FREE!


Strawberry plant with straw

Critical Temperature Below Which Damage Will Occur in Strawberries in White County

Strawberry buds (internal to crown) are safe to a temperature to 10° F.  Tight buds inside crown are safe until a temperature of 13°-16° F is reached, and emerged buds are safe until a temperature of 20° – 25° F is reached.

Blooms (popcorn, open blossoms) will incur damage at 30° F, and small green fruit will incur damage at 28° F.

If you are concerned about your strawberries, check out this chart from Dr. McWhirt. It'll help answer a few questions about critical temperatures.

Note: Pay attention to the buds portion and the blooms portion - we are in bud stage now and blooms will following in the spring - the rules change during bloom stage.

Still have questions? Give me a ring (501) 268-5394 or send me an email -

Photo:  ripening strawberries on the vine, mulched with straw.

  Strawberry critical temperature chart

Volunteer 4-H Leaders of the Year

4-H Volunteer Leaders of the Year

White County 4-H honors at least one volunteer each year with the C.A. Vines Volunteer Leader of the Year award.  This is a special award given in honor of Mr. Vines, former director of the Extension Service and longtime supporter of the 4-H program.  Calvin and Lisa McDaniel of the Velvet Ridge 4-H club are this year's recipients of this award.  


Photo: Volunteer 4-H Leaders of the Year and Amy Heck, 4-H agent