Upcoming Events



Wild Pig Seminar


Dealing with wild pig damage on your farm or hunting land? Wondering about the best control tactics for this destructive, invasive species? Join us for this FREE seminar to learn about the best management practices for your property!

Topics Include:

  • Wild Pig History, Biology and Ecology
  • Wild Pig Management Techniques
  • Trapping Demonstrations

June 14th, 2018, 5:30P.M. to 8:00P.M in Clayton, Alabama (Dinner Provided).

Dinner at the Dime Store followed by presentation in the parking lot on Reed Avenue, Clayton, AL (Behind the Police Station).

To register, please RSVP by June 11 to the Barbour County Extension Office (334-687-5688).   Seating is limited!

 

What’s Next Barbour?

“What’s Next, Alabama?” Forums to Improve Barbour County

Have you ever noticed something that could improve our quality of life in Barbour County?  Well, here’s your opportunity!  Barbour County Extension and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC) are hosting a “What’s Next, Barbour?” series of forums in which participants can gather and discuss their community’s economic past, present, and future.

All forums will be held at Eufaula Barbour Chamber of Commerce, starting at 7:30 A.M. and the Louisville Fire Department, starting at 5:30 P.M.  The first forum April 12, 2018 asks, “Where are we now?  What assets do we have in our community?  What is working and what isn’t working?”  There is no cost to attend.  Please RSVP to Merri Robinson no later than April 4, 2018 so we can plan the first forum meeting space.  RSVP Merri at 334-687-5688.

The second forum April 19, 2018 asks, “Where do we want to go? What do we want to change about our community?  What do we want to preserve?”  The third forum, April 26, 2018 asks, “How do we get there? How can we move from talk to action?”  We will have separate announcements and RSVPs for the second and third forums.

To help us prepare for the first forum and ensure all inputs are considered, please complete the short, anonymous survey at https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3egU8l3cvEWzvsp.

While the forum series is centered loosely on topics of economic and workforce development, each community is able to define the topic in ways that make it relevant for them locally.  Any issue that affects a community’s quality of life is fair game for discussion.  “What’s Next, Barbour” encourages us to reflect on the assets we already have in order to leverage these assets to address local challenges, before making a plan for action.

The forums were first held in 2016 in Cullman County. The forums helped Cullman County residents identify and address salient community issues.  Out of 67 Alabama Counties, Barbour County was selected to hold the next series of forums – this is a great opportunity to improve our Barbour County quality of life!!!  Please RSVP, take the short Survey, and join your neighbors at the first forum April 12th.

As a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in Alabama, the DMC will facilitate and moderate the three deliberative forums designed to give Barbour County residents the opportunity to have productive and respectful conversations about local issues.  Adults and youth of all ages are welcome.

If you have any questions, please call the Barbour County Extension office at (334) 687-5688.  Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  Everyone is welcome!

Beekeeping Workshop

Beekeeping Workshop for Beginners

The Alabama Cooperative Extension Service would like to invite you to a workshop all about bees on March 8 from 5-8 p.m at the Barbour County Extension Office, 525 School Street, Eufaula. Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. Phillip Carter, ACES Regional Extension Agent, will introduce beekeeping for beginners. Randy Hamann, Chief Apiary Inspector with Alabama Ag and
Industries, will discuss honeybee pest and diseases. Call the Barbour County Extension Office to register, 334-687-5688.

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

Farmers Market Marketing Workshop

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Would you like to learn how to set up an eye catching and food safe display at the farmers market? How about information on using social media and how it can help promote your farm? The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold marketing classes across Alabama during the month of October. These classes are designed for farmers that grow and sell their own produce. With the season winding down it will be a workshop for the 2018 growing season but we encourage you to come and participate as you get ready for next year. 

There will be several speakers and a wide variety of topics which include: how to set up a market display, food safety for selling produce, marketing ideas, social media for promoting your farm, and the Farmers Market Authority of Alabama will give information on farmers markets in your area. For all participants who sign up through their local office, they will receive a promotional item that they can use to advertise at their local markets. Additionally, for any participants who would like to sign up to accept SNAP vouchers for 2018, if they bring a copy of their social security card and a form of ID they can start the application process. With the increased popularity of farmers markets, local items and healthy food, it’s important to be able to reach your customers and this workshop will give practical tips on selling your products. Contact Allie Corcoran at Barbour County Extension Office to sign up. All workshops will be from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with lunch included. The schedule is as follows: Barbour County – October 3rd, Macon County – October 11th, Montgomery County – October 13th, Dallas County – October 24th, Wilcox County – October 26th, Hale County – November 2nd. Visit www.aces.edu to learn more about Alabama Cooperative Extension System or other educational workshops.