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What are some of the services offered by Extension Family and Consumer Sciences program?
Nashville, Ark. – March has been designated as “Living Well Month” to encourage all
Americans to improve their health and well-being by taking advantage of the educational
opportunities offered by the local Cooperative Extension Services.
An initiative of the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences
(NEAFCS), Living Well Month was developed to increase awareness of educational opportunities
and resources designed to help individuals, families and educators improve the quality
of their lives, become competent consumers and build healthier communities.
According to Jean Ince, Howard County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences,
the Cooperative Extension Service in Arkansas is system of the University of Arkansas
– Division of Agriculture. “Many families may be familiar with the services provided
by Extension agents for agriculture or the 4-H program, but are unaware of the mission
of the Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) program.”
Recent programs in Howard County include The Best Care program to provide verified
training for child care providers; Estate Planning Workshop; Cook Smart, Eat Smart
Basic Cooking Program; and Extension Get Fit-Tai Chi for Arthritis exercise training.
Currently Ince is conducting nutrition education programs in schools throughout the
county to teach young people how to eat healthier and incorporate more fruits and
vegetables into their diet. Several programs offered by Extension are ongoing.
In addition to the community and youth programs conducted by Ince as County Extension
Agent - Staff Chair/FCS, she serves as advisor to Howard County Extension Homemakers,
a group of 50 volunteers who focus on community service, education and leadership.
According to Ince, “Extension Homemakers are a vital component in FCS programming.
They often serve as facilitators for FCS projects and spread the mission of Extension
Family and Consumer Sciences throughout the county.”
Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Economics) programming is driven by the
needs of each county, according to Ince. “County FCS agents utilize local residents
in advisory committees to identify specific needs that can be addressed through educational
“Healthy families are the cornerstone of healthy communities,” says Ince. “Family
and Consumer Sciences put non-biased, research-based information to work in people’s
lives, helping families find answers for living well, raising kids, eating right,
and spending smart.”
Upcoming programs will focus on food safety and home canning of fruits and vegetables,
teaching basic consumer skills to youth, healthy meal planning, plus much more.
The Cooperative Extension Service was created by the Smith-Lever Act signed by President
Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914. “For over 100 years the underlying philosophy of the
Extension Service has been to help people help themselves by taking the university
to the people: by providing adults and youth the necessary skills and knowledge to
help them achieved the best quality of life possible,” Ince noted.
All Extension programs including Extension Homemakers activities are open to all eligible
persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national
origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information,
or any other legally protected status.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program
information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) may also freely participate. They should,
however, notify the County Extension Office as soon as possible prior to the activity
so that accommodations can be made.
For more information about Family and Consumer Sciences programs offered in Howard
County, contact Jean Ince at the Howard County Extension Office located on the second
floor of the courthouse. Interested persons may call 870-845-7517 or email email@example.com. You can also check out our web page at www.uaex.uada.edu/howard for information in all our program areas.
This recipe was shared by Katilynn Hanney, a Howard County 4-H Teen Leader.
Katilynn won first place in the Senior Division, 4-H Breads Contest. The work is well
worth the end result!
½ c. unsalted butter, melted
2 c. whole milk, warm to the touch (110-115 degrees)
½ c. granulated sugar
1 pack active dry yeast
5 c. flour, divided
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
¾ c. butter, softened
¾ c. light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. powdered sugar
Generously butter two disposable foil pie/cake pans. In a large bowl,
whisk together warm milk, melted butter, and granulated sugar. The mixture should
be just warm, registering between 100-110 degrees. If it is hotter, allow to cool
slightly. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the warm mixture and let set for 1 minute.
Add 4 cups of all-purpose flour to the milk mixture and mix with a wooden
spoon until just combined. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and set in
a warm place to rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove towel and add an additional ¾ cup
of flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir well, then turn out onto a well-floured surface.
Knead dough lightly, adding additional flour as necessary, until dough just loses
its stickiness and does not stick to the surface.
Roll dough out into a large rectangle, about ½-in. thick. Fix corners
to make sure they are sharp and even. Spread the softened butter evenly over dough.
Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon. Press the
mixture into the butter.
Roll up dough, forming a log, and pinch the seam closed. Place seam-side
down. Trim off any unevenness on either end. Cut the log in half, then divide each
half into 7 evenly sized pieces (about 1 ½-in. thick each). Place 7 cinnamon rolls
in each cake pan, one in the center, six around the sides. Cover with plastic wrap
and place in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes.
Remove plastic wrap. Bake cinnamon rolls in a preheated oven for 25-30
minutes, until golden brown.
While cinnamon rolls are baking, prepare the frosting. In a medium-size
mixing bowl, whisk together cream cheese, butter, vanilla, whole milk, and powdered
sugar, until smooth. Remove cinnamon buns from the oven. While still warm, drizzle
evenly with frosting. Makes 14.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative
action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need
materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other
appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 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.