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Extension Educational Programs & Services

Miller County, Arkansas

The Cooperative Extension Service offers a host of educational programs and services.  If you do not see what you are looking for below, please contact our county Extension Office for assistance.

COVID-19 Community Survey
Capturing Stories and Assessing Needs

The Community, Professional & Economic Development unit has launched a community survey to assess major challenges facing communities and how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. While assessing community needs is crucial, the survey also seeks to capture stories of resiliency - like organizing mutual networks, hand-sewing masks, and planning caravan birthday parties - to illustrate all the ways communities are demonstrating unity and cultivating support.Take the Survey by Clicking Here

Agriculture and Natural Resources
From Beef and Forages to Row Crops to Vegetable Gardening and Lawn Care to Plant Diseases

 Whether you have a large farm or a small home garden, the Miller County Extension Staff can assist you with your concerns. We offer a wide variety of education programs from beef and forage production to row crops to vegetable gardening and lawn care. Contact Jennifer Caraway, Miller County Extension Agriculture Agent for more research-based information on agriculture and home horticulture programs. 

 

Voluntary Row Crop Burn Guidelines

The use of prescribed fire in Arkansas' cropland can be an important part of a crop management plan in row crops such as rice, wheat, corn, cotton, and soybeans. The use of prescribed fire to accomplish specific crop management objectives - mainly the removal of stubble - is regarded as a valuable tool for farmers. 

 


 Master Gardener logo with a garden background


Mark your calendar

The Miller County Master Gardeners are accepting applications for their 2021 Fall Basic Training On-Line Training. Courses run from October 15 through December 15, 2021. Deadline for applying is September 27, 2021 (no applications will be accepted after that date). Please remit your training fee of $100 along with the application.   

GET YOUR MG APPLICATION HERE


Pesticide Applicator Training

We are excited to announce that the online recertification program for private applicators is up and running. You can access it here: www.uaex.uada.edu/pat 

This online training provides another opportunity for private applicators to get recertified. The online training is not designed for people that need to get their license for the first time – they still need to see us for that.

The online program has 5 different required modules with embedded questions in each that must be answered correctly in order to proceed. You cannot fast forward through the training or skip slides, but you can back-up to review information for the embedded questions. It should take a little over 2 hours to complete.

We have done our best to make the program interesting, informative, and the process self-explanatory for the user.  It is based on the platform we have used for the dicamba training the past two years, so it should work fairly smoothly.

The cost of the training is $20 and you pay online. 

If you are in need of a new chemical license, click below to see what is available in our county as well as other counties within the state of Arkansas. There is also a waiting list section; if we get enough interest in a training, one may be held in our county.

PAT

In-Person Pesticide Applicator Training

Pesticide Applicator Training Flyer
PAT DURING COVID19 -- We will be social distancing and wearing masks during this pesticide applicator training, Tuesday, February 9, 2021, from 9:30 AM-Noon. A second training will be Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Pre-registration is required due to distancing requirements so call to register at 870-779-3609 or email jsmallwood@uada.edu. Cost is $20 for the training + $45 for licensing for the full 5 years.
 

pecan branch with red circle showing how to take samples

Now is the time to pull plant tissue nutrient samples for pecans. These results are important for growers to determine fertility rates for next year and to identify if any deficiencies may be developing.

Cost is $20 per sample + $5 shipping.

See PowerPoint with photos on how to pull the samples. Last year we were able to get over 24 pecan growers to submit samples. These samples help us compare this year's results to see how things have changed.

The time to submit samples is now.

Click HERE for information on how to submit pecan tissue.

 
 
 

 The new Arkansas Farm Animal Veterinarian Directory is now available.  This directory is based on a veterinary survey conducted in March. To any veterinarians that did not turn in their survey and would like to be included, please contact Heidi Ward, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor and Veterinarian with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture (501-671-2162) directly.  Paper copies will be available at the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association Convention at the end of August for producers.  

Skunks and bats are the main reservoirs for rabies in our state. We have had two horses positive for rabies this year.  Last year, we had a positive cow. View the map below and click the What is Rabies? to read more about rabies.

Rabies Map for Arkansas

Family and Consumer Sciences
From Healthy Cooking to Food Safety; from Diabetic Cooking to Professional Child Care Training and Much More

From canning to nutrition to food safety, all of these topics, and many more, are addressed through the family and consumer science educational programs. Contact Carla Due, Miller County Staff Chair/Family & Consumer Sciences Agent for more information.

They have opened back up so we are now able to offer our ServSafe Food Safety Training. We have two scheduled but are limited to the number of people we can accommodate. We have either February 9 & 10 or February 23 & 24, 2021. Space is limited so if you are interested in this training, please fill out the form below and mail it, along with your check, to 400 Laurel * Suite 215, Texarkana, AR 71854 or call us at 870-779-3609.

Sign Up for ServSafe Here

ServSafe Food Safety Training

 

With our social distancing, many will spend time cleaning out their pantries and refrigerators. This research-based chart helps you know the life span of various types of pantry and food items we keep in our kitchens.

STORAGE GUIDELINES

Ever wondered how much turkey to buy? How soon do I need to thaw it in the refrigerator? What about my prestuffed frozen bird? All your research based answers are here! 

Turkey Talk & Tips

 

Turkey Talk & Tips

 

Miller County EFNEP PA teaches Hempstead County PA the ropes

Hempstead County new EFNEP (Expanded Foods & Nutrition Education Program) Program Assistant, Amy McClane shadows Miller County Program Assistant, Casey Battles, while teaching her Kids in the Kitchen Protein lesson and Yoga for Kids. Amy stated, "I learned so much and had a great time. The training collaboration among counties is wonderful. Miller County Extension Office was very welcoming and supportive. My training will soon be complete, and I look forward to applying the newly acquired skills to good use for the benefit of my community members." Learn more about the EFNEP Program by calling 870-779-3609 

 

  EFNEP PA teaches nutrition to residents in Miller County

 

 Yoga for Kids being taught by EFNEP PA Casey Battles

Miller County 4-H
Fun and Education for Youth Ages 9-19 or for Cloverbuds, Ages 5-8

4-H is a fun and educational program where kids "learn by doing." It is a great opportunity for youth to acquire knowledge and skills, and develop healthy lifestyles that will be beneficial for the rest of their lives. In Miller County it takes the form of community clubs, project clubs, and in-school clubs. 

Anyone age 9-19 can join 4-H or we have Cloverbud activities for youth ages 5-18. So come join the fun. There are many project areas and we can find one just for you! Be sure to let Hanan know if there is anything you need help with.

The faces of 4-Hers are as diverse as the activities in which they take part. Some of the exciting programs our members are experiencing firsthand include: 

New and exciting things are happening in 2021! The Arkansas Cattlemen's Association is sponsoring a Cattlemen's Choice Replacement Heifer Pen Show to be held in conjunction with the 2021 Arkansas State Fair. Click below for information regarding the pen show. It is completely different and separate from the Commercial Heifer show. It is not replacing the Commercial Heifer show, simply a new, additional show. 

Cattlemen's Choice Replacement Heifer Pen Show Information

 

 

The 63rd Annual Arkansas Dairy Foods Contest will be Thursday, June 4, 2020 in Little Rock. This annual event is sponsored during June Dairy Month by Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Arkansas Dairy Cooperative Association.


The contest is divided into two categories: Main Dish and Party Ideas. Each county may enter one recipe in each of the two categories.


Students enrolled in 4-H aged 9-19 or in the 4th through 12th grades as of Jan. 01, 2020, and living in Arkansas may enter. Home-schooled students may also enter. Entries must be approved by the county dairy committee or by the county Extension agent.


Each contestant must agree to participate in the state cook-off if his or her recipe is selected for the semifinals.

Rules and Regulations for Dairy Contest

 

 SW Arkansas Agricultural Academy

The Miller County Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce our 2nd Southwest Arkansas Agri Academy. The Academy is an innovative, week-long youth leadership program for area students interested in learning more about the expansive agricultural industry in the four states area.

The Southwest Arkansas Agri Academy will be held June 1-5, 2020 and will feature tours of area agribusinesses from the various facets of agriculture and natural resources that influence the regional economy. Academy attendees will also work on personal leadership development throughout the week.

The camp is open to students who will be enrolled in high school during the Fall 2019 semester. Students who are interested in attending must fill out an application by Monday, April 15 to be considered. The cost of the camp is $75.00.

Register or find out more by clicking below.

The Scott Foundation 4-H Scholarship is a one-time scholarship available to graduating seniors who are active 4-H members in good standing with Miller County 4-H. Completed applications should be turned in to the county Extension office by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.

Apply Here

 

 

Contests/Leadership Activities

February 28 - Arkansas Beef Quiz Bowl, Fayetteville

February 29 - Wild Hog Livestock Judging Contest, Fayetteville

April 30 - Arkansas 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest, Little Rock

June 1-4 - LLC Session 1

June 16 - Ouachita District O'Rama

June 17 - Ozark District O'Rama

June 18 - Delta District O'Rama

June 22-24 - Arkansas Show Camp, Searcy

July 7-10 - LLC Session 2

July 22 - State O'Rama Speaking Contests, Fayetteville

July 23 - Arkansas 4-H State Skillathon Contest, Fayetteville

August 3-6 - LLC Session 3

February 15 - Arkansas FFA Alumni CDE, Garland County Fairgrounds

February 28 - UA Placing Workshop, Fayetteville

February 29 - Wild Hog CDE, Fayetteville

March 5 - Logan County FFA Field Day, Paris

March 6 - Centerpoint Battle Royale, Glenwood

April 2 - Connors State College Aggie Days, Warner, Okla.

April 4 - NEO Contest, Miami, Okla.

April 30 - Arkansas State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, Little Rock

Shows

February 15 - ICC Stampede - AJCA, Brockwell

February 22 - Razorback Roundup - AJCA, Fayetteville (see attached)

February 23 - CAUA Cattle Exhibition - AJCA, Fayetteville

February 29 - Bring the Heat - S.A.L.E., Hope (see attached)

March 7 - Knock Down Drag Out - H.O.S.S., Fayetteville

March 14 - Crowley's Ridge Classic - AJCA, Paragould

March 21 - S.A.L.E. Show

March 28 - Foothills Cattle Battle - AJCA, Clarksville

April 4 - Battle for the Banner - H.O.S.S., Berryville

April 11 - UA Block and Bridle Cattle for a Cause - AJCA, Fayetteville

April 19 - Simmental Field Day - AJCA, Searcy

April 19 - Hereford Field Day - AJCA, Searcy

April 19 - Angus Field Day - AJCA, Searcy

April 25 - H.O.S.S. Show - Melbourne

May 1-2 - ASF State Spring Show, Little Rock

May 1-2 - AJCA Rock Town Showdown, Little Rock

May 9 - Breeding Sheep Council Show

 Fairs

January 17-February 8 - Fort Worth Stock Show, Fort Worth, Texas

January 30-February 16 - Dixie Nationals, Jackson, Mississippi

March 3-22 - Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston, Texas

April 30-May 2 - Arkansas State Spring Show, Little Rock

September 21-26 - Northeast Arkansas District Fair, Jonesboro

September 25-October 3 - Arkansas/Oklahoma State Fair, Fort Smith

September 27-October 3 - Southeast Arkansas District Fair, Pine Bluff

October 3-7 - Arkansas Youth Expo, Fayetteville

October 16-25 - Arkansas State Fair, Little Rock

November 3-19 - North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville 

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