Pick up know-how for tackling diseases, pests and weeds.
Farm bill, farm marketing, agribusiness webinars, & farm policy.
Find tactics for healthy livestock and sound forages.
Scheduling and methods of irrigation.
Explore our Extension locations around the state.
Commercial row crop production in Arkansas.
Agriculture weed management resources.
Use virtual and real tools to improve critical calculations for farms and ranches.
Learn to ID forages and more.
Explore our research locations around the state.
Get the latest research results from our county agents.
Our programs include aquaculture, diagnostics, and energy conservation.
Keep our food, fiber and fuel supplies safe from disaster.
Private, Commercial & Non-commercial training and education.
Specialty crops including turfgrass, vegetables, fruits, and ornamentals.
Find educational resources and get youth engaged in agriculture.
Gaining garden smarts and sharing skills.
Creating beauty in and around the home.
Maintenance calendar, and best practices.
Coaxing the best produce from asparagus to zucchini.
What’s wrong with my plants? The clinic can help.
Featured trees, vines, shrubs and flowers.
Ask our experts plant, animal, or insect questions.
Enjoying the sweet fruits of your labor.
Herbs, native plants, & reference desk QA.
Growing together from youth to maturity.
Crapemyrtles, hydrangeas, hort glossary, and weed ID databases.
Get beekeeping, honey production, and class information.
Grow a pollinator-friendly garden.
Schedule these timely events on your gardening calendar.
Equipping individuals to lead organizations, communities, and regions.
Guiding communities and regions toward vibrant and sustainable futures.
Guiding entrepreneurs from concept to profit.
Position your business to compete for government contracts.
Find trends, opportunities and impacts.
Providing unbiased information to enable educated votes on critical issues.
Increase your knowledge of public issues & get involved.
Research-based connection to government and policy issues.
Support Arkansas local food initiatives.
Read about our efforts.
Preparing for and recovering from disasters.
Licensing for forestry and wildlife professionals.
Preserving water quality and quantity.
Cleaner air for healthier living.
Firewood & bioenergy resources.
Managing a complex forest ecosystem.
Read about nature across Arkansas and the U.S.
Learn to manage wildlife on your land.
Soil quality and its use here in Arkansas.
Learn to ID unwanted plant and animal visitors.
Timely updates from our specialists.
Eating right and staying healthy.
Ensuring safe meals.
Take charge of your well-being.
Cooking with Arkansas foods.
Making the most of your money.
Making sound choices for families and ourselves.
Nurturing our future.
Get tips for food, fitness, finance, and more!
Understanding aging and its effects.
Giving back to the community.
Managing safely when disaster strikes.
Listen to our latest episode!
Hazelle WhitedCREATE BRIDGES Regional Coordinator - Ozark Foothills RegionEmail: email@example.com
by Hazelle Whited - August 24, 2021
Summer brings some of the busiest weeks for many rural tourist communities. From county
fairs to festivals, event organizers in the CREATE BRIDGES Ozark Foothills region
of Fulton, Izard and Sharp counties planned attractions that will bring guests near
and far to the area.
Local businesses depend on the indirect impact festivals bring into the region as
they, too, busily prepared for the celebrations to come. In addition to the four CREATE
BRIDGES sectors, (retail, accommodations, tourism, and entertainment), other ancillary
businesses like printing services and agritourism industries also reaped benefits
from the increased foot traffic these events bring. Festivals are necessary for the
economic impact for communities, especially this year.
After many organizers made the difficult yet prudent decision to cancel events in
2020, this year’s festivities felt as much like a reunion as it did a celebration.
For some community members, it had been nearly 24 months since they have seen each
other. In as much as the festivals help draw in out-of-town visitors, events this
year were even more important for the local community members. For businesses, it
was a well needed boost to the bottom line after a very challenging 2020.
Yet, as the delta strain of COVID began to make its intrusion into the region this
year, event organizers continued with caution with the outdoor venues, as social distancing
reminders and vaccine education were present at the different events.
Public health and safety have always been a priority for attendees and volunteers;
keeping people well are always top of mind while still maintaining a sense of community
and celebration. In fact, the availability of water was one of the highest concerns
as temperatures soared with notable humidity.
Festivals are an important function for rural areas. Not only are these economic drivers
in areas with limited or no industry, but they are the source of celebration and camaraderie
To make these happen, adaptation, tenacity, and sense of community are key parts of
the formula. Whether in everyday existence, or annual celebrations, it is through
these experiences that make the rural community endeavor so special.