Welcome To The
Fulton 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 Fulton County Extension Office is at your service!
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How Well Do You Know Your Hay?
Having hay tested can save untold amounts of money when it comes to a winter feed bill. Supplementing hay with feed at the exact ration to meet the herd’s needs is a much more economical way of winter feeding compared to guessing at how much and what kind of feed should be bought. In fact, most Fulton County hay isn’t deficient in crude protein or TDN enough to require supplementation for dry cows. However, its nutritional quality is highly variable. Fescue hay ranges from 4-22% crude protein and 42-70% TDN.
Ultimately, until we know the nutritional value of the hay, there isn't an accurate way to build a winter feeding ration for a herd or groups within a herd. We simply don’t have enough information. Basing the ration on the average value of hay is an option, but with shaky cattle prices and the cost of feed, a hay test is a good investment.
Another added benefit of hay testing, particularly if there are different cuttings of hay from different fields and/or cattle grouped separately (i.e. spring calvers vs. fall calvers), is that the highest quality hay can be fed to the group of animals with the highest nutritional need.
For more information on hay testing or getting a ration for your herd, give us a call at the Fulton County Extension Office at 870-895-3301. Routine hay analysis fees are $18 per sample plus postage.
Photo: Round hay bales
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Ready, Set, Graduate Program Teaches Financial Education to High School Seniors
To help fill the financial management needs of Americans, The U of A Cooperative Extension Service of Fulton County offers a class to high school seniors on budgeting, credit, and banking. The class offers all Fulton County Seniors an opportunity to experience purchasing homes, autos, and insurance, and using a proposed budget on the career they plan to pursue. By applying these important life skills, students will be able to manage resources more efficiently.
Students report 100% increase in knowledge after attending Ready, Set, Graduate classes. Students reported they were more aware of the impact their career decisions would make on the house, car, and other items they were able to afford. Thirty-three percent of students reported making better credit decisions as a result of attending the class.
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Photo: Bank of Salem and other Fulton County Extension partners teach money management skills to Fulton County. Seniors
Fulton County 4-H
Educating and Developing Fulton County Youth
Fulton County senior 4-H members constructed and tested the SeaPerch submersible robot, a S.T.E.M. initiative that is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research Science and Technology and the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The goals of the project are to educate youth in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The project also gives 4-Hers an opportunity to compete against other teams in regional and national level competitions that will challenge their construction and intellectual capabilities. These youth will go on to teach the SeaPerch program to younger 4-H members later this year.
Video description: SeaPerch robot makes it way around the Salem City Pool, diving
to depths of 6-8'.
To enroll in Futon County 4-H, go to Arkansas 4-H Online.
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Community & Economic Development
State Ballot Issues in Arkansas
The Public Policy Center publishes easy-to-read fact sheets on every statewide ballot measure. The fact sheets go through a vetting process that includes reviews by attorneys, issue supporters and opponents and subject experts. View the Fact Sheets.