UAEX Miller County FCS

UAEX Miller County FCS The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture. With offices in all 75 counties, our faculty and staff provide educational programs and research-based information to the people of Arkansas.
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From agricultural programs to family financial management to youth education, we offer educational programs that have immediate and practical applications. Carla Due has worked in Miller County for 30 years where she delivers research based educational programs in the areas of foods and nutrition, financial management, family life, aging and health.

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07/27/2021
Great information for why your jars lose liquid during processing.
07/20/2021

Great information for why your jars lose liquid during processing.

Tuition. Books. Various and sundry fees. There’s no doubt college students face significant financial challenges. A litt...
07/20/2021
BTS-SpendingPlan

Tuition. Books. Various and sundry fees. There’s no doubt college students face significant financial challenges. A little financial planning will go a long way, said Laura Hendrix, associate professor and extension personal finance expert for the University of Arkansas System Extension - UAEX. Read more: https://flic.kr/p/2mbta2n

Headed to college? Make a spending plan. (U of A System Division of Agriculture image)

July 24th, Gateway Farmers Market will be hosting a "1st Responder Costume Contest" sponsored by Rocking P Cajun Kitchen...
07/19/2021
July 24th, Gateway Farmers Market will be hosting a "1st Responder Costume Contest" sponsored by Rocking P Cajun Kitchen | Texarkana Today

July 24th, Gateway Farmers Market will be hosting a "1st Responder Costume Contest" sponsored by Rocking P Cajun Kitchen | Texarkana Today

Texarkana Arkansas Fire Department will have a Firetruck at the Market from 8:00am – 11:00am Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will have policecar at the Market Hopefully will have LifeNet at the Market as well. Bring your Kids out to the Market! Enter your Kids in the Contest! Rules for entry:...

07/19/2021
The Arkansas Sales Tax holiday can be a benefit for back-to-schoolers, but buyers need to shop with care, said Laura Hen...
07/17/2021

The Arkansas Sales Tax holiday can be a benefit for back-to-schoolers, but buyers need to shop with care, said Laura Hendrix, associate professor and extension personal finance expert for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. https://www.uaex.uada.edu/media-resources/news/2021/july2021/07-16-2021-Ark-BTS-Tax-Holiday.aspx

The Arkansas Sales Tax holiday can be a benefit for back-to-schoolers, but buyers need to shop with care, said Laura Hendrix, associate professor and extension personal finance expert for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. https://www.uaex.uada.edu/media-resources/news/2021/july2021/07-16-2021-Ark-BTS-Tax-Holiday.aspx

We are excited to welcome June back from retirement to our office. and look forward to working with her.
07/16/2021

We are excited to welcome June back from retirement to our office. and look forward to working with her.

We are very excited to announce that June Moody has been rehired as our Administrative Specialist II. June worked in Miller County 25+ years ago before transferring to Lafayette County as Admin Specialist III. After 10 months retired, an opening came available here and we are the proud recipients of her years of experience.

Please take a moment and welcome her back - as most of you already know June very well - and wish her well.

Eligible parents may see Advance Child Tax Credit payments in their accounts as early as this summer, said Laura Hendrix...
07/16/2021

Eligible parents may see Advance Child Tax Credit payments in their accounts as early as this summer, said Laura Hendrix, associate professor and extension personal finance expert for University of Arkansas System Extension - UAEX. Read more:
https://www.uaex.uada.edu/media-resources/news/2021/july2021/07-16-2021-Ark-BTS-Child-Tax-Credit%20.aspx

Eligible parents may see Advance Child Tax Credit payments in their accounts as early as this summer, said Laura Hendrix, associate professor and extension personal finance expert for University of Arkansas System Extension - UAEX. Read more:
https://www.uaex.uada.edu/media-resources/news/2021/july2021/07-16-2021-Ark-BTS-Child-Tax-Credit%20.aspx

07/13/2021

The Miller County Extension Service has a position open for the following:

SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program) Assistant

Duties include purchasing, preparing, coordinating and delivery of basic teaching materials in nutrition to area schools as well as other duties and responsibilities related to the SNAP-Ed program.

HS diploma or equivalent is required. Must have transportation for use on the job with liability insurance in effect. Must agree to a background check authorizing release of relevant Arkansas Child Abuse & Neglect Central Registry records.

https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UASYS/job/Texarkana/SNAP-Program-Assistant_R0004344

A day full of jams & jelly is a day well spent.
07/13/2021

A day full of jams & jelly is a day well spent.

July Newsletter
07/10/2021

July Newsletter

As you know, Carla Due was promoted to District Director over the Ouachita District, which left Miller County without an...
07/06/2021

As you know, Carla Due was promoted to District Director over the Ouachita District, which left Miller County without an FCS Agent.

We are excited to announce that we have a new Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, Varonica Kennedy.

Varonica is a Liberty Eylau graduate. She attended South Ark Community College in El Dorado AR where she obtained her Associates of Arts in Education. She then continued her education at U of A in Monticello where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Education.

Immediately following college Varonica begin working for El Dorado School District, where she taught a total of 6 years (first grade teacher, third grade teacher, activity teacher, technology teacher, reading specialist and finally as a School Counselor).

During this time, she also obtained her Master’s of Ed from SAU in Magnolia. Then in 2017, she relocated back to Texarkana where she began working for Texarkana Independent School District, Theron Jones Early Literacy Center, as a School Counselor. In June of 2019 she began working for Hope Public Schools, Hope High School, as a High School Counselor. She was with Hope Public Schools for 2 years.

Varonica is an active member in her community through the Junior League of Texarkana.

She says, "I am looking forward to my time here with the Division of Agriculture, I hope that I am able to assist the county and the community."

Be sure to drop her a message and welcome her to the Extension team!

As you know, Carla Due was promoted to District Director over the Ouachita District, which left Miller County without an FCS Agent.

We are excited to announce that we have a new Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, Varonica Kennedy.

Varonica is a Liberty Eylau graduate. She attended South Ark Community College in El Dorado AR where she obtained her Associates of Arts in Education. She then continued her education at U of A in Monticello where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Education.

Immediately following college Varonica begin working for El Dorado School District, where she taught a total of 6 years (first grade teacher, third grade teacher, activity teacher, technology teacher, reading specialist and finally as a School Counselor).

During this time, she also obtained her Master’s of Ed from SAU in Magnolia. Then in 2017, she relocated back to Texarkana where she began working for Texarkana Independent School District, Theron Jones Early Literacy Center, as a School Counselor. In June of 2019 she began working for Hope Public Schools, Hope High School, as a High School Counselor. She was with Hope Public Schools for 2 years.

Varonica is an active member in her community through the Junior League of Texarkana.

She says, "I am looking forward to my time here with the Division of Agriculture, I hope that I am able to assist the county and the community."

Be sure to drop her a message and welcome her to the Extension team!

Food safety food recall due to Salmonella Outbreak. Read for more information ⬇️
06/26/2021

Food safety food recall due to Salmonella Outbreak. Read for more information ⬇️

SALMONELLA OUTBREAK: Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled frozen cooked shrimp. Throw them away or return them to the store.
Recalled shrimp were sold under multiple brand names:
• 365
• Censea
• Chicken of the Sea
• CWNO
• Hannaford
• Honest Catch
• Meijer
• Open Acres
• Waterfront Bistro
https://bit.ly/3vXoWer

Summertime in Arkansas events
06/24/2021

Summertime in Arkansas events

It's HOT outside! Tomatoes are ripe, bugs are a-buzzin'! It is officially summer in Arkansas. Check out our resources and tips for having a safe summer ➡️ https://www.uaex.uada.edu/summer

Want your kids to learn to make farmers market salsa, plus eat healthy? ⬇️
06/24/2021

Want your kids to learn to make farmers market salsa, plus eat healthy? ⬇️

06/19/2021
Hospitality Management

Who knew there was a Pineapple Cafe on the UA Fayetteville campus featuring locally grown AR Foods?

Learn how to grow & cook with green beans during this fun webinar that is FREE!!!
06/17/2021

Learn how to grow & cook with green beans during this fun webinar that is FREE!!!

🍉 Don't miss out on these upcoming Grow Your Own Groceries Zoom presentations! There will be one tomorrow at 12p noon.

Register for these presentations: https://bit.ly/33Slx5d

Upcoming ServSafe training course in Magnolia if anyone is interested.
06/16/2021

Upcoming ServSafe training course in Magnolia if anyone is interested.

UPCOMING: ServSafe Manager’s Course (August 4 -5, 2021)

Registration deadline: July 16, 2021

If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact the Columbia County Extension Office at 870-235-3720 or stop by our office at 206 West Calhoun, Magnolia, AR 71753. You can also email Jamie Collier at [email protected].

EDIT: Fee is $140 (Covers book & Testing Materials) -or- $60 (Covers recertification/retakes)

06/16/2021
Timeline Photos
06/15/2021

Timeline Photos

📣 Arkansans will soon be able to sell more types of homemade food and drink products and in more locations after the passage of the Arkansas Food Freedom Act of 2021.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3xz8q5R

Be sure to come out the the Grand Opening of the Gateway Farmers Market!
06/09/2021

Be sure to come out the the Grand Opening of the Gateway Farmers Market!

Annual Grand Opening is this upcoming Saturday, June 12th, 2021
7am - Noon!
*9:30 A.M. Texarkana Arkansas Police Department & Texarkana Arkansas Fire Department will be at the market showing off their police cars and firetruck!
*10:00 A.M. Texarkana Arkansas Mayor Allen Brown, Texarkana AR will read the Proclamation
*Hourly Drawings for fresh vegetables
*Free Grilled Vegetable samples will be given out
*Live Entertainment featuring The Hendrix Trio
*Miller County Red Dirt Master Gardeners will be having giveaways
& will be providing education on their new Pollinator Garden.

Come support our hard-working farmers who provide fresh, local vegetables every week to our community. There is no better place to be on a Saturday than your local farmer's market; where you know the veggies are grown local, jellies are homemade, and the baked goods are fresh!!

Here is the list of expected items available Saturday:
◉Vegetables:
Greens, Onions, Zucchini, Squash, Radishes, Beets, Peppers, Cabbage, Potatoes, Green Tomatoes, red tomatoes, green beans, and more.
◉USDA Meat.
◉Homemade Baked Goods,
◉Natural Body Products, Jellies, Lye Soap, Crafts, Local Honey, Fresh Eggs, and more.

We are located 602 East Jefferson Ave, Texarkana, AR. 71854
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Check out the latest issue of Chop Chop magazine. It has a cherry sherbet recipe included!
06/07/2021
ChopChopFamily.org - Kids Club Vol. 31: Cherries

Check out the latest issue of Chop Chop magazine. It has a cherry sherbet recipe included!

KIDS CLUB VOLUME 31 Welcome to the latest issue of our ChopChop Kids Club newsletter! Juicy, red cherries are one of our favorite early summer treats (well, along with school letting out). You don’t need to do much to them, since they’re delicious just the way they are. But we have a couple of e...

BETTER SNACKS — Gummy treats, created by food science students in a product development class at Dale Bumpers College of...
06/07/2021

BETTER SNACKS — Gummy treats, created by food science students in a product development class at Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, are designed and created to reduce calories and sugar while adding functional foods that promote healthy snacking. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3clVs3a

BETTER SNACKS — Gummy treats, created by food science students in a product development class at Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, are designed and created to reduce calories and sugar while adding functional foods that promote healthy snacking. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3clVs3a

Here is you June planting guide!
06/05/2021

Here is you June planting guide!

Hello, June! 💐

This month, you can start growing several foods: basil, gourds, popcorn, southern peas, collard greens, pumpkins, summer and winter squash, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, and pole beans! 🌽 🎃 🥒

Download our monthly gardening calendar bit.ly/uaex-planting-guide or contact your county agent for advice here: www.uaex.uada.edu/counties

Visit the Arkansas Master Gardener's virtual auction. It is open to anyone.
06/01/2021

Visit the Arkansas Master Gardener's virtual auction. It is open to anyone.

You don’t need a green thumb to attend the Arkansas Master Gardeners auction this year. It’s online, open to all, and free to attend. Read more: https://bit.ly/3vIDnE3.

Great opportunity to learn about growing blackberries & meet with experts.
05/28/2021

Great opportunity to learn about growing blackberries & meet with experts.

Don't miss our Summer Blackberry Tour at the Fruit Research Station near Clarksville on June 9th from 2–6pm!

Cost to attend is $25 and includes dinner. The tour is free for members of the Arkansas Blackberry Growers Association. The deadline to register is June 4. Register: bit.ly/abga2021

Read more about the tour ➡️ https://bit.ly/3bXV4HU

University of Arkansas System Extension - UAEX is working to help retail and tourism businesses financially recover from...
05/25/2021

University of Arkansas System Extension - UAEX is working to help retail and tourism businesses financially recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Sn97jc.

University of Arkansas System Extension - UAEX is working to help retail and tourism businesses financially recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Sn97jc.

Sometimes in life we end up in situations we simply can’t change. Radical acceptance is about fully accepting your reali...
05/25/2021

Sometimes in life we end up in situations we simply can’t change. Radical acceptance is about fully accepting your reality in situations that are beyond your control. This doesn’t mean you approve of the situation, are giving up, or that it isn’t painful. You are still allowed to (and should!) feel however you feel, but by accepting that it is what it is, you give the problem less power over you and you can begin to move forward. Read more about accepting reality here:https://files.constantcontact.com/24f1db8f001/973bb45b-01cc-4205-b2e4-081aec466d1a.pdf

Sometimes in life we end up in situations we simply can’t change. Radical acceptance is about fully accepting your reality in situations that are beyond your control. This doesn’t mean you approve of the situation, are giving up, or that it isn’t painful. You are still allowed to (and should!) feel however you feel, but by accepting that it is what it is, you give the problem less power over you and you can begin to move forward. Read more about accepting reality here:https://files.constantcontact.com/24f1db8f001/973bb45b-01cc-4205-b2e4-081aec466d1a.pdf

Farmers Markets are open! This happens to be my favorite. Go visit with the vendors & see what they have harvested fresh...
05/22/2021

Farmers Markets are open! This happens to be my favorite. Go visit with the vendors & see what they have harvested fresh from the garden for you. 🪴

Memorial Day is one of the two biggest grilling days of the year and before falling completely under the spell of smoke ...
05/21/2021

Memorial Day is one of the two biggest grilling days of the year and before falling completely under the spell of smoke and char, it pays to remember that the principles of food safety still apply when cooking moves outdoors. https://bit.ly/3oFNXJm

Memorial Day is one of the two biggest grilling days of the year and before falling completely under the spell of smoke and char, it pays to remember that the principles of food safety still apply when cooking moves outdoors. https://bit.ly/3oFNXJm

05/21/2021

ServSafe class offered in Hope

Do you toss and turn all night? It's an awful feeling, causing you to wake up groggy and grouchy. If you find yourself e...
05/19/2021
What To Do When You Can't Sleep - Life Extension

Do you toss and turn all night? It's an awful feeling, causing you to wake up groggy and grouchy. If you find yourself experiencing sleepless nights, settle in and check out these tips and tricks for getting some shut-eye from Life Extension

https://www.lifeextension.com/wellness/sleep-relaxation/what-to-do-when-you-cant-sleep?sourcecode=SHINE&utm_source=newsletter-omw&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SHINE&utm_content=article-main&utm_term=&M_BT=5060193278396

If you can't fall asleep and find yourself restless in the middle of the night, check out these tips and tricks for getting some sleep.

Leisure and hospitality saw gains in jobs in April; however, the overall jobs performance in the latest Bureau of Labor ...
05/18/2021

Leisure and hospitality saw gains in jobs in April; however, the overall jobs performance in the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Employment Situation” didn’t live up to pre-report expectations. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3yhDojY

Leisure and hospitality saw gains in jobs in April; however, the overall jobs performance in the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Employment Situation” didn’t live up to pre-report expectations. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3yhDojY

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Texarkana, AR
71854

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Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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Hi, my name is Carla Due and I am your Miller County Extension Agent-Staff Chair and Family & Consumer Sciences. I have worked in Miller County Arkansas, (Texarkana is the county seat for reference) for over 29 years. I love when I have the opportunity to deliver research based educational programs in the areas of foods and nutrition, financial management, family life, aging and health. In the old days we would have called it Home Economics and there is a new term going around “adulting”. Well, we have been here over 100 years teaching that.

What could I help you with most? Cooking? Food preservation? Finances? Message me and let me know!" I’ll answer your question through messenger and possibly make a post for everyone to learn from.

You can also follow my pages to read my weekly Texarkana Gazette foods articles I have written for 23 years. I told y'all I’ve been here a while! https://www.uaex.edu/counties/miller/news/fcs/

You can learn more about what we do at: https://www.uaex.edu/about-extension/what-does-arkansas-extension-service-do.aspx


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Is there an Extension Get Fit program in Miller County, and if not how do we go about getting one? I have a friend who is "Walking Across Arkansas" with me, and she set a goal to be a certain size in time for a cruise early next year. She's hit a plateau and walking after work (she's on her feet most of the day) has become harder. Of course she knows to check with her Dr first, but we were discussing her starting with a few simple strength exercises, this might be a great motivator for her.
What is the best place to find out the most current Food Cottage laws for Arkansas. I am considering baking and selling cakes and cookies from home, but I am finding that many cities and/or counties require a business licence for this, however other items that can be sold at a Farmer's Market don't require this.
I thought it was only last year 3.1417 ?
Your articles are the best!