Welcome To Drew County, Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service!
Drew County Cooperative Extension Service is a 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 their quality of lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Drew County Extension Office is at your service!
Check out our 'What We Do' Video to learn about how Extension helps in Drew County!
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The Beef, Row Crop, EHC, and 4-H newsletters are now available by e-mail. To sign up for FREE up-to-date information on these and other important related topics, please sign up on our e-news registration page or contact our office to join our e-mail or postal newsletter list.
Photo: Drew County, Arkansas Field Crops
The 2017 MP44 Weed and Brush Control, MP144 Insecticide Recommendation and MP154 Disease Control Guides for Arkansas are in. Come by the Drew County Extension to get your copy.
Spring Walk Across Arkansas 2017 is well underway. Drew County has three teams participating in Spring Walk Across Arkansas: The Pilgrim Rest Steppers, The Magnificent Seven and The Travelin' Tomatoes.
Extension Partners with Connecting City to Farm
The Drew County Extension staff was contacted early in February by Connecting City to Farm Executive Director, Kris Habashy, who requested assistance with their upcoming Farm Camp. The non-profit organization is in its second year of programming and advocates safe and affordable nutrition through the lens of agriculture.
The first of three four-day camps was held at a farm house in the community of Boydell from March 12-15. Campers are exposed to the real world of agriculture for the first time. Few have ever breathed in the smell of fresh tilled soil or sat in the buddy seat of a huge tractor in operation.
Extension staff members Karen Ballard, Rick Fields, Steve Kelley, Hazelene McCray, Leigh Ann Bullington, and Keith Cleek worked to provide hands-on education for the 30 plus group of inner city Dallas youth. Much appreciated volunteer support was supplied by Bearlain Lewis and Margee Taylor.
Youth were cleverly guided through a STEM activity to understand the difference between pneumatic and hydraulic systems and how they are applied to both urban and farm life. To emphasize the soybean industry, staff members utilized the curriculum from the Arkansas Soybean Board’s Soybean Science Challenge. A food demonstration was conducted using healthy soy products. Youth taste tested edamame, raspberry soy drink shakes, and a healthy stir fry.
Phil Baugh, co-founder of the organization, said, “Thank you, you all went above and beyond anything we ever expected. I had no idea Extension had such great, professional people.”
Visit http://www.connectingcitytofarm.com to read more about this great organization we are privileged to partner with.
Plans are already being made for educational support for future Farm Camps in April and June.
Photo: Dallas youth, camp staff members, and Extension staff join for a group picture.
4-H Members Participate in Annual O-Rama & Study Wildlife/Conservation
4-H'ers have the opportunity to participate in several upcoming 4-H Camps at the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center this summer. For more information, visit the Arkansas 4-H Center Page or contact our office at 870-460-6270. To learn details about when each of the Drew County 4-H clubs meets, check out our Programs Page.
2016 Drew County 4-H Clubs
Meets the First Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Drew County Courthouse Clubroom and at different locations. Becke Williams and Sandra Fults are the leaders.
Meets the first Saturday of each month at Rocking Horse Ranch from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Becke Williams and Sandra Fults are the leaders.
Meets the second Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. at Living Word Church. Sonya Sneed and Lynn Lanthrip are the leaders.
Meetings alternate between Terry Koone's home in Rock Springs and The Warren Shooting Complex. Contact the Extension office for details. Terry Koone and Matt Pelkki are the leaders.
Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Kennedy Church- Fellowship Hall.
4-H Sewing Club
Meets the first Tuesday of every month at the home of Eva Shantz in Lacey at 5:30 p.m. Eva Shantz and Sandra Fults are the leaders.
Vet Science Club
Meets at various times and locations, contact the Extension office for details.
St. Mark's Machines
Meets 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sunday at St. Mark's Church at 11:00 a.m. Hope Bragg, Claire Norcio and Jennifer Headlee are the leaders.
Photo: 4-H Clover
Drew County Extension Homemakers Clubs
Since 1912, members of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council (AEHC), have made it their mission to empower individuals and families to improve their lives through continuing education, leadership development, and community service. The organization is one of the largest nonprofit volunteer groups in the state with a membership of 4,400 and over 350 clubs. To learn details about when each of the Drew County EHC clubs meet, check out our Programs Page
January 2017 EHC Newsletter
The Drew County Extension Homemakers Council is now taking applications for their 2017-2018 Scholarship.
Photo: Family and Consumer Sciences
Drew County Master Gardeners
The Drew County Master Gardeners group consists of local gardeners who have completed training and are active in community volunteerism. The group supports beautification and maintenance landscape projects such as the library, fairgrounds, museum, MIS Learning Garden, and others. Individual members also serve by advising homeowners regarding landscape and garden concerns.
The program began in 1972 in Washington State and has since encompassed the entire nation with Arkansas joining ranks in 1988. There are currently 2,452 Master Gardeners who call Arkansas home. Collectively, these individuals have contributed over 120,000 hours in community service projects during 2013 alone.
The Drew County Master Gardener group currently consist of twenty-seven trained volunteers.
Monthly educational meetings are conducted, and the group sponsors several beautification
projects in the county.
The Cooperative Extension Service is planning upcoming Master Gardener Training. Training includes five full days of education, and consists of topics such as soils, insects, diseases, vegetables, ornamentals, tree, bees, landscaping, and much more. Training dates are as follows: June 15, 22, 29 and July 13 and 20. Cost for training is $75 which covers all educational materials.
For additional information about the statewide program, please visit the Arkansas Master Gardener Program Page. Anyone interested in learning more about the Drew County Master Gardeners please contact our office at 870-460-6270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Also, check out our Programs Page
More information is included in this newsletter.
Soil Boxes Available for Routine Soil Tests
The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Drew County Extension Office has FREE soil boxes available to the public for anyone interested in sampling their soil in preparation for Spring planting. Routine soil tests provide an index describing the availability of nutrients for plant uptake, but only measure a portion of the total pool of nutrients in the soil. The University of Arkansas uses the Mehlich-3 soil test method and provides recommendations for fertilizer rates that will optimize plant growth and yield while also replacing the macro-nutrients removed by previous harvested crops when applicable. Fertilizer and lime recommendations are also based on crop rotations, soil texture, plant variety and yield goal when appropriate.
For more information or to get your soil boxes, please contact our office at 870-460-6270, visit our office on the ground floor of the Drew County Courthouse or email email@example.com
Photo: A handful of soil
Drew County WHEP
The Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) is a hands-on environmental education program for 4-H and FFA youth dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management. The program provides participants an opportunity to test their wildlife knowledge in competition. Each state supporting WHEP conducts an annual contest and the winning senior team earns an invitation to attend the National WHEP Invitational in July. The Drew County WHEP Team won first place at the State Tournament and competed at the 2015 National Contest held during August in Alabama.
The Drew County WHEP team will be competing at the State WHEP Competition on April 28, 2017. Bree Lanthrip, Senior WHEP member, will be conducting a workshop demonstration for the Junior WHEP members on that day.
For more information about WHEP, contact our office at 870-460-6270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: White County 4-H members Joe M. and Isaac G., and Drew County 4-H member Caleb R., The 2014 Arkansas National WHEP Team.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.