Personal Column

Brad Runsick
County Extension Agent - Agriculture
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Baxter County

The primary objective of the weekly County Extension News article is to notify county clientele of upcoming events and pertinent educational pieces for the particular time of year. The Baxter County Extension office submits these articles on a weekly basis. Two articles each month cover monthly garden tips and monthly beef and forage tips. Other articles cover a range of topics on home gardening and production agriculture. In addition to the weekly article, occasional articles or updates are sent for immediate release. During the award period, 61 articles were submitted and ran in the newspaper.

These articles run in The Baxter Bulletin, which covers Baxter County and the city of Mountain Home, as well as portions of adjacent Marion, Fulton, Stone Counties. In a mostly rural county, the weekly paper is the best opportunity to communicate with the public about upcoming meetings, workshops, and other events to county clientele. There are over 5,500 subscribers (online included). On a regular basis, producers and home gardeners mention that they either heard about an upcoming event from the article, or they call the office wanting to follow up on a recommendation made in the article.

The article is prepared as a Word document on an office computer and submitted to the newspaper via an email attachment.