Upcoming Events

Cattlemen and Extension Partnering to Offer Youth Program

Junior Master Cattlemen Program

Do you have a child that is interested in showing cattle? The Barbour County Extension Office and Barbour County Cattlemen invite you to the First Annual Family Day on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM, at John Morris’ Barn located at 356 County Road 36, Eufaula, AL. Look for Cattlemen’s signs! We will be having a time of food, fellowship, and fun for you and your family. Children will learn from other youth who have experience showing cattle in state shows and Extension professionals that have experience with show cattle. The Barbour County Cattlemen’s Association will provide lunch.

Please call the Extension Office at (334) 687-5688 by May 5, if you and your family plan to attend. Look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 13th.

Ag Day Fun For 3rd Graders

Barbour County Ag Day

The Barbour County Young Farmers and Barbour County Extension office held the Fifth Annual AG Day for the third grade classrooms throughout the county, March 17.

270 students and volunteers attended the event at Eufaula High School. The students rotated around ten stations each focusing on an agriculture commodity or subject. The students held baby goats and sheep from local farmer Barret Stephenson’s farm.

Joe Corcoran, a local farmer, brought large equipment used in row crop operations. He discussed with the third grade classes how planters and highboy sprayers work. GPS was installed on the equipment.  In the sprayer, the driver can monitor the locations in the field that have been sprayed. This technology helps prevent overlapping in the field that leads to over spraying. GPS on a planter keeps the tractor in a straight line while traveling down the field. This allows for straight rows and more accurate plant population.

This year, EHS’s FFA was able to highlight its Ag Department. FFA students lead the third grade students around the Ag building describing the tractor competition, how they process sugarcane, and discussing the new greenhouse.

Children played nutrition bingo with Cassie Young from Backyard Orchards and learned fresh fruits and vegetables are a healthy alternative to fast food and traditional snacks. Extension Nutrition Educators, Tawnya Kirkland and Angel Ware, setup a germ station to show the children how many germs are on their hands at any given time during the day.

The Barbour County Foresters, Perry Pritchett and Zach Elk, taught the students how trees grow and methods they use to promote healthy growth in tree stands. This year Pritchett and Elk brought a bulldozer to show students how they fight fires and install firebreaks in a pine plantation.

The Natural Resource Conservation Service and Barbour County Soil and Water Conservation District brought a soil trailer. This trailer demonstrates the different types of soil and how erosion occurs when good conservation practices are not implemented in fields. The State NRCS Office in Auburn provided the trailer.

Bence Carter, Forestry, Wildlife, and Natural Resource Regional Agent with Extension, played an interactive game with students to demonstrate the importance of biodiversity in nature. The game brought to reality the concept of survival of the fittest in the food change.

Regional Extension Agents representing agronomic crops discussed cotton and peanuts in our area and showed children how cotton is ginned using a small cotton gin model. Students learned about horses and the different tackle used to saddle them from 4-H Regional Agent, Geni Dean.

Precision Agriculture Trainings

Extension Announces Precision Agriculture Training Opportunities

By Robin Aldridge

AUBURN, Ala.—Adoption of precision agriculture technology in the Southeast is increasing, but farmers still struggle with taking full advantage of the technology available to adopt site-specific management practices.

Dr. Brenda Ortiz, an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist, along with other Extension specialists will hold several workshops to educate individuals in order to maximize their use of precision agriculture technologies.

The Alabama Extension Precision Agriculture program will offer four different workshops throughout the year. The topics of the workshops are listed below along with a link for registration. There is no cost is involved, but limited seats are available. Registration is required for admittance. Each event will be located at E.V. Smith Research Center (4725 County Road 40 Shorter, AL). Lunch will be provided for attendees.

Workshop                           Time                          Date                            Link to register

Use of Soil Sensors             8 a.m. – 3 p.m.          Feb. 24                        http://bit.ly/2jkF04H
for Irrigation

Precision Ag. Sprayer          8 a.m. – 2 p.m.         March 10                     http://bit.ly/2kN6cKL

Yield monitor                      8 a.m. – 2 p.m.         June 22                       http://bit.ly/2jwrdZ4
calibration and use of
yield data

Precision Ag. Planter            8 a.m. – 2 p.m.        Nov. 30                       http://bit.ly/2jMBNyp

These workshops are available for farmers, consultants, Extension personnel and governmental agency personnel (NRCS, USDA).

CEUs/CCAs will be available for all attendees at every training.

Questions related to this program can be answered with an email to Dr. Ortiz at bortiz@auburn.edu or Extension Regional Crops Agent Christy Hicks at agnewcd@auburn.edu.


Contact: Maggie Lawrence, News Unit Manager
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
334.844.5687 or 334.329.1013