Welcome To The
Pike 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 their lives. Whether it is agriculture, 4-H, health and living, or community development, the Pike County Extension Office is at your service!
Pike County members attend 4-H Day at the Capitol
Seven Pike County 4-H teens attended the Arkansas 4-H Day at the Capitol on February 16, 2017. These leaders learned about local, county, and state government from elected officials. They also got to hear Gov. Asa Hutchinson speak about the important role of agriculture to the Arkansas economy and about his 4-H experience. Each member meet with Senator Larry Teague and Representative Justin Gonzales. A tour of the capitol and the grounds topped off the citizenship based learning experience.
For more information on how to be a 4-Her, please contact Avonne Petty at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office number is 870-285-2161.
Photo: Back row: Megan R., Taylor P., Wilson. K, Ashley T. and Morgan B. Front row:
Alex V, Baylie C., and Malaya G. attend Arkansas 4-H Day at the Capitol.
Pike County Agriculture
Controlling Cool Season Weeds
Now is the time to control cool season weeds such as Buttercup, Deadnettle, Henbit, Thistles, and Wild Garlic. These annual pest steal valuable nutrients from the sols, take up valuable real estate, and have the potential to be create health issues for cattle and small ruminants. Contact our office for recommendations and plant identification for weeds in your pastures.
Photo: Musk thistle seedheads produce hundreds of potential thistles in many Pike Co. fields.
Watch our full presentation on Invasive and Poisonous Pasture Plants.
Pike County Family & Consumer Sciences
LANA the Iguana Preschool Nutrition Program: LANA (Learning About Nutrition through Activities) is research-based curriculum that encourages children to taste, eat and
enjoy a greater variety of fruits and
vegetables. Children in the four Pike County CADC Headstart Centers are given opportunities to taste fresh fruits and vegetables through monthly teacher-led nutrition activities and with visits from Pike County FCS agent Eva Langley, aka ‘Farmer Eva”.
Sweet potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, and apricots are some of the foods introduced in this program. These LANA foods were chosen because they are high in nutrients, they are different from those that many children already get (but yet they are foods that are still easy for families to find and afford), and they are foods that are easy to prepare in a variety of ways.
For more information on school nutrition programs, healthy eating choices, or exercise classes, contact Eva Langley at 870-285-2161 or email@example.com.
Photo caption: "Farmer Eva" on her way to offer local preschoolers a fresh taste
Pike County Extension Homemakers
Recording local history is this year's county-wide EHC community service project. Individual clubs meet locally each month to work on service projects and to learn more about that month's educational topic. Pike County EHC Clubs work together to provide school supplies, backpacks, and healthy baby baskets for local families and children through a partnership with the Pike County Department of Human Services and the Pike County Health Department. The Arkansas Children's Hospital receives 'boggins and pajama bottoms made by members throughout the year. If you would like to join an existing EHC club or start a new club in your community, contact Eva Langley at 285-2161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Pike County EHC members attended the Spring AEHC Meeting
Child Care Provider Program
Pike County offers 3 types of Child Care Provider classes for providers to earn credit hours through Traveling Arkansas Professional Pathways (TAPP) registry.
(1) Best Care classes are offered annually in a classroom setting held in Nashville, Arkansas in January and February. Child care providers can receive up to 10 hours of credit by attending these classes.
(2) Best Care Connected is an online course that provides five hours of verified training through the TAPP Registry. The areas of emphasis include: Child Development, Health, Nutrition, and Resource Management. To sign up go to http://courses.uaex.edu.
(3) Guiding Children Successfully is offered through DVDs and handouts for up to 30 hours credit and is available at no charge through the County Extension Office.
Photo: Eva Langley, CEA-FCS teaching Best Care classes conducted by Pike, Howard and Sevier Counties held in Nashville.