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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!

Private Applicator Training

Training Scheduled for March 27

What is a private applicator? A private applicator uses or supervises the use of any restricted use pesticide for producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented or on the property of another person if applied without compensation. Who needs a private applicator permit?
• farmers
• nursery owners
• pond owners
• forested land owners
Next available training in Barbour County 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M., March 27, 2018 at the Barbour County Extension Office, 525 School Street, Eufaula, AL. There is a $20.00 fee for the class (check made payable to Barbour County Extension Office) not including $25.00 licensing fee (Check made payable to Alabama Dept. of Ag and Industries). If you would like to register for this class please call our office at (334)-687-5688 by 4:00 PM Friday, March 23. Call 334-687-5688 to register.

Farmers Market Marketing and Planning Workshop

Planning Workshop Scheduled

Get ready for the 2018 growing season. Learn to market your farm with tips from Alabama Extension,bthe Farmers Market Authority, and USDA SNAP.bFile to accept SNAP vouchers for 2018 by bringing your Social Security card and another form of identification. All participants signed up through a local Extension office will receive a promotional item to take to market.
Topics include:
FARMERS MARKETS
MARKET DISPLAYS
SOCIAL MEDIA
FOOD SAFETY
BUSINESS MARKETING
Meeting is in conjunction with the Farmers Market Planning Meeting for Barbour County Farmers Markets.Thursday, March 22, 4 p.m.–8:30 p.m. with dinner included. To register, call Barbour County Extension Office, (334) 687-5688 or email corcoja@aces.edu, 525 School Street, Eufaula, AL 36027.

All participants will receive a promotional item to take to market.

Meal served but registration required:
phone: (334) 687-5688
email: corcoja@aces.edu

Cottage Food Law Training

Training Offered March 15

Do you bake or make wonderful jams and jellies and wondered how you could sell these goodies?  The Alabama Cottage Food Law went into effect on June 1, 2014 and allows you to make certain products and sell them directly to the consumer. However, there are certain requirements that must be met to ensure you are in compliance with the Alabama Department of Public Health.

A two-hour training will be held March 15, 2018 at the Barbour County Extension Office, 525 School Street in Eufaula.  The training set up by Alabama Extension will begin at 5 P.M. CDT.  This training meets the ADPH requirements.  Upon completion of the approved food safety course and passage of the approved exam, clients will receive certification which last for five years.  To continue operation, clients must maintain certification.   The fee for the training is $25.00.  To register and for more information contact Janet Johnson at 334-703-2237.

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