During the March 23, U of A Cooperative Extension Service Interpretive Event, Polk County Quorum Court members were presented with a review and accomplishments of the Polk County extension office.
Presenting the accomplishment were Bridgett Martin, CEA, Family Consumer Science, Becky Sterner - CEA - 4H and Youth, and Sherry Beaty-Sullivan -CER - Staff Chair/Agriculture.
Some of the Fiscal Year 2020 accomplishments included the following: Family and Consumer Science Education FY 2020 Summary: 12 Sessions – Move with Ease program in Pain Management, 12 graduates; Walk Across Polk County, 79 participants, 125,877 minutes of exercise recorded; SNAP – ED Programs, Rethink Your Drink programs, 141 students with evaluations, My Plate & Apple lesson – 151 Kindergarten Students.
4 – H and Youth Development: 163 Community Club Members; Healthy Habits Challenge – 75 youth, 17 posts, 5,800 views, 1241 engagements; In-School STEM Enrichment – 475 students; 74 Senior Citizens served through Santa’s for Seniors 4-H Community Service Project.
Agriculture and Natural Resources: Active Master Gardeners – 32, Volunteer hours 688; Value of Master Gardener Volunteer Hours = $18,707
Agriculture Educational Program Total: Southwest Arkansas Small Ruminant College – 4 sessions – 15 Graduates; Pond Management Workshop - 15 Attendees; 7 Horticulture Facebook live posts – reached 13,654, 8444 views; Fall Gardening hybrid in-person/online – 45 attendees.
Community & Economic Development Summary FY 2020: APAC – 24 contracts awarded, $1.9 million, created 40 new jobs in Polk County.