Drew County Extension Agents are here to help you
The University of Arkanas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension, Drew County extension office has a new face as the farming season gets underway. Danielle Kurz, a Lonoke native and UAM alum, is the newest addition to the office as the Agriculture and 4-H agent. Kurz, will continue to support Drew County farmers, gardeners, foresters, ranchers and 4-H clubs as she begins the task of advising farmers and others on the best practices in farming, gardening, and anything else agriculturally related. She says that growing up on a dairy farm gave her a love for farming and the outdoors which shaped her decision to major in agriculture. Along with the newest addition of Kurz, there are several others waiting to help the community in what ever way needed. Hazelene McCray, Interim Staff Chair and Family and Consumer Science Agent, along with Angelia Anderson, Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program work with DHS, food pantries and others in the community to help citizens live healthy. McCray also offers programs to help Drew County citizens in all walks of life with programs available for everything from exercise to marriage, parenting and family life, along with programs for financial management, for children, teens and adults. Everything from livestock to STEM competitions are available through local 4-H clubs, Lynn Lanthrip is the Drew County 4-H program assistant and is excited to share the program with community youth. If anyone needs anything from the extension office or have called before for assistance, Shaura Ivy, office manager, is the one who keeps everything running smoothly and is the first person one is likely to talk to. A native of Monticello, Ivy will point anyone in the right direction for the help that they need. From soil samples, to cooking recipes at food pantries with the food available, to working with 4-H groups, the women of the Drew County Extension is here to help Drew County however they can. Call them at 870-460-6270 or visit them on the first floor of the Drew County Courthouse for more information.