Upcoming Events

September 2016 County Contest Now Open!

September 2016 county contest is the Photography Contest.  The World I See and The World I Imagine are 2 separate contests and rules can be found by clicking on each contest.  Entries will be due at the October Club Meetings or to the County Extension Office by October 31st at noon.  No late entries will be excepted.  If your not a current member of 4-H…that’s ok!  You can sign up online before you turn your entry in to the office!

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Fall Upcoming Events

ACES New LogoAugust:

19th– Row Crops Field Day, Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, Headland 8:00 a.m.

30th- Southeast Alabama Agronomy Tour
Wiregrass Research and Extension Center. Registration at 8 AM. Tour begins at 8:30 AM.
This year’s tour will feature cotton and peanut variety trials, irrigation scheduling, wild hog control, vegetable production, and many other topics.
The tour will end with a sponsored lunch. Please RSVP for tour and lunch at 334-693-3800


6th– Farmers Market Food Safety, Clayton City Hall 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

7th– Forest Management in the Coastal Plains, Wehle Center 8 a.m. (register at www.alaforestry.org/events/event_list.asp $15 fee lunch included)

13th-Pecan Grower Workshop Lunch and Learn, Clayton City Hall 12:00p.m.-1:00 p.m.

22nd– Cottage Food Law Workshop, Chattahoochee Courts Community Center 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

27th- Fraud and Scam Workshop, Lunch and Learn, Eufaula Senior Center 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

30th– Wild Hog Workshop, Enterprise State Community College Multipurpose Room, 600 Plaza Drive, Enterprise, AL 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (register at www.aces.edu/go/657 $20 fee with lunch and handouts included)



1st– Chick Chain Show and Auction, Ozark

8th– Touch the tractor, Indian Summer Eufaula

13th– Classroom in the Forest, Wehle Center 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (all 5th grade in the county)


4th– Farm City Banquet, Eufaula-Barbour Chamber of Commerce 7:30 a.m. -9:00 a.m.

Farmers Market Food Safety Training, September 6

Mother and daughter buying vegetables in farm produce market.
Mother and daughter buying vegetables in farm produce market.

Interested in selling produce at the local Farmers Markets? Join us Tuesday, September 6 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Clayton City Hall, 45 Reed Avenue for a Food Safety Training focused on Farmers Markets. Participants will receive a certificate for completing the course. You will learn about liability issues, food borne illnesses and at risk populations, and safe food handling practices during harvest, storage, transport, and sale. Contact the Barbour County Extension Office at 334-775-3284 to register.




Setting Your Child up for Success: Sleep

Photo of a Young Teen sleeping in front of a laptop computer and on a bed
Photo of a Young Teen sleeping in front of a laptop computer and on a bed

For students everywhere summer vacation is coming to an end. Soon, if not already, children, parents, and caregivers will be readying themselves for the first day of school.  The transition from the lax summer days to early school bells is difficult for many of us.  The school days begin to fill with homework and activities. In order to fit it all in, it’s easy to let bedtime slide. This is the time of year when many parents and caregivers ask themselves, “Is my child getting enough sleep?”.

Experts with The National Sleep Foundation report that children aged 6-13 need nine to eleven hours of sleep per night. With so many distractions, it’s important to implement and follow a bedtime routine. Here are some more suggestions to increase the quality and quantity of sleep for your child.

  • Create a cool, dark, and quiet space for sleep.
  • Keep computers and televisions out of the bedroom.
  • Reduce screen time before bed—it can cause issues falling and staying asleep.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Continue to teach your child about the importance of healthy sleep routines.

Studies have shown that a lack of quality sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral issues, and problems with learning. When children do not get enough sleep their ability to ‘download’ information and skills learned during the day into their developing neural systems can be negatively affected. Implementing the tips listed and an earlier bedtime can ensure your child is getting the proper amount of sleep. This is one of many ways parents can set their child up for academic, behavioral, and social success.

Sheila Weber, Regional Agent

Family & Child Development

Alabama Extension

4-H Summer Cooking School “From Field to Table”

Russell and Barbour County 4-H is teaming up with Georgia 4-H to provide a Summer Cooking School.  Come learn where your food comes from and how to prepare fun and delicious recipes. From chicken and eggs to veggies and fruit, 4-H members will have a great time cooking, tasting, and learning!

When:  July 19-22, 2016

Time: 12:00 est – 5 pm

Where: Columbus Consolidated Government Annex

Who: 4th, 5th, and 6th graders

Registration Fee: $25

To register or for questions please call 334-983-6845 or 706-653-4200.  To register in person, visit the Columbus 4-H office in the CCG Annex, 420 10th Street Columbus.

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