Upcoming Events

Farming 101 offered in Barbour County


Farming 101 begins in January

Farming 101 is for anyone interesting in farming basics. There will be Extension Specialist and agents at each meeting discussing topics like soil samples, vegetable and fruit production, pest management, and farm management. The cost is $50 which helps with the cost of snacks and materials. Deadline to register is January 5. The meetings will be held at the Barbour County Extension Office starting at 6 p.m. Those interested can call our office 334-687-5688.

Speakers and Topics include:

January 9 Basic Soils – Management and Improvement: Brandon Dillard, Regional Extension Agent, Agronomic Crops
January 11 Small Scale Vegetable Production: Dr. Wheeler Foshee, Dwight and Ruth Bond Endowed Professor, Auburn University
 January 16 Overview of Major Vegetable Insect Pests and Management Options for Market Gardens and Small Farms: Dr. Ayanava, IPM Extension S

pecialist, Auburn University
 January 18 Small Fruit Production- Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries and Grapes: Neil Kelly, Regional Extension Agent, Commercial Horticulture
January 23 Protected Production-Getting Started with Your High Tunnel: Dr. Joe Kemble, Extension Specialist Professor, Auburn University
January 25 Farm Management and Financial Planning: Jessica Kelton, Regional Extension Agent, Farm and Agribusiness Management

Produce Safety Training

Mother and daughter buying vegetables in farm produce market.

Produce Safety Alliance Training

Who Should Attend
Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The PSA Grower Training course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.
The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules
 Intro to Produce Safety
 Worker Health, Hygiene & Training
 Soil Amendments
 Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, & Land Use
 Agricultural Water (Part 1 Produc-tion Water, Part 2 Postharvest Wa-ter)
 Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation
 How to develop a farm food safety plan

PSA Training Agenda
8:00 Welcome and Introductions
8:30 Module 1: Introduction to
Produce Safety
9:30 Module 2: Worker Health &
Hygiene & Training
10:30 Break
11:00 Module 3: Soil Amendments
11:45 Module 4: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & land use
12:30 Lunch—provided
1:15 Module 5: Agricultural Water
Part 1 Production Water
2:15 Part 2 Postharvest Water
3:00 Break
3:15 Module 6: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation
4:15 Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
5:00 Final Questions & Evaluations

Farm Center Building 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4 Dothan, AL 36301 November 1, 2017
8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. To Register
Contact: Charlotte Countryman
phone: (334) 693-2363