Quorum Court hears from County Extension Services
The Poinsett County Quorum Court held their monthly meeting this week, with the Poinsett County Extension Agents present. Craig Allen, Mike Hamilton and Sloane Holzhauer presented the part they play in the county.
Holzhauer is the Family and Consumer Science Agent for the county. She works in the areas of Food Safety and Nutrition, Marriage, Parenting and Family Life, Financial Management and Health and Aging. She helped with several events that benefit the county including the Poinsett County Fair and the Poinsett County Extension Homemakers Council Annual Rice Buffet.
Allen and Hamilton are both agriculture agents for the county extension. Hamilton presented interesting facts about the farming in Poinsett County to the court.
"Poinsett County is the largest rice producing county in the state, and Arkansas is the largest rice producing state in the nation," Hamilton said.
He added that agriculture put back $225 million into Poinsett County's economy last year. With the help of the two agents, the county is able to get several thousand dollars worth of grants.
As a part of being an agent for Poinsett County, Hamilton said they are able to take soil samples for anyone and let them know what may be hindering their field or yard from growing.
In other business, the court accepted a resolution declaring a vacancy for Justice of the Peace for District 7. Former J.P. Brent Henderson resigned from his position on the court on July 8. Henderson will be relocating outside of the district, causing him to no longer be eligible for the position.
Along with the resignation, the court will be sending the governor's office a request for Donnie Taylor of Trumann to fill the position.
The court also accepted:
* a resolution allowing grants to be applied and recovered for a new automated record-keeping system.
*a resolution allowing the Crowley's Ridge Water Association to apply and obtain grants upgrading their meter reading system.
*authorization of funds to be transferred out of the reserve account for the county. Poinsett County Judge Charles Nix said the court had to transfer money out of the account last year, as well. He said the account is designed for this purpose, however they are in better standing than last year and plan to replace the funds by November.