The Bibb County 4-H Fall Round-Up Contest held Tuesday, November 13 at the Brent Senior Center gave Bibb County 4-Hers the chance to compete in numerous categories such as Photography, Chicken-Cue, Blocks Rock!, Baking, Freestyle and other categories. Youth contestants and winners shown here, L-R holding certificates, are: Chloe Chandler-Freestyle (colored pencil drawing); Ivy Weigandt-Baking; Gavin Weigandt-Blocks Rock!; and Peyton Albert-Baking. All four (4) youth have the opportunity as 1st or 2nd place finishers to compete in the 4-H Regional Round-Up for central Alabama in Spring 2019. We are extremely thankful for the contest judges, L-R behind the youth contestants: Megan Johnson-Bibb County Master Gardener; Charlotte Dodson-Bibb County Master Gardener; and Kalee Vernon-Bibb County 4-H Volunteer. Not shown is contest judge and Bibb County Extension Coordinator Matt Hartzell. Bibb County 4-H Foundation Agent Simon Carbone (back right) was the Round-Up organizer and facilitator. The Bibb County Extension Office thanks the City of Brent and Senior Center Director Wanda Holder for hosting monthly Bibb County 4-H meetings at the Center—usually on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6pm.
Signup Batching Deadline Announced for Alabama’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama Ben Malone announced that January 25, 2019 will be the signup batching deadline for producers for Fiscal Year 2019 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and initiatives offered through the program.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) projects can help landowners address wildlife, forestry, cropland erosion, cropland irrigation, grazing land, and water quality concerns. Specific examples include but are not limited to:
o Forest Service Partnership: provides producers in approved areas with assistance to manage, restore, or enhance the historic shortleaf pine forest landscape on private lands.
o On-Farm Energy: enables the producer to identify ways to conserve energy on the farm through retrofitting their existing operation.
o Organic: provides financial assistance to help implement conservation practices for organic producers or those transitioning to organic.
o Seasonal High Tunnel: will assist producers by extending the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner.
o Urban High Tunnel: NRCS Alabama will provide financial assistance to urban farmers to install high tunnel systems in the Birmingham and Bessemer Alabama area.
o Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs): EQIP funding is available for the development of a CAP which can be developed for producers to identify conservation practices to address a specific natural resource need such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land, energy, forest land or nutrient management.
o Feral Swine Management: will provide financial and technical assistance to landowners in monitoring feral swine in selected project areas within the state.
o Sustainable Forestry and Landowner Retention (U.S. Endowment): will assist historically underserved forest landowners in in select counties in West Alabama implement forestry related practices.
o Strikeforce: Working with farmers and ranchers in communities that face persistent poverty, conservation practices will help promote clean air and water, healthy soil, wildlife habitat and resistance to extreme weather events, such as drought.
o Soil Quality: will assist applicants address soil quality related resource concerns on their operations.
o Statewide Irrigation: will assist applicants statewide to assist producers address irrigation efficiency resource concerns.
o Combustion Engine Improvement: will assist agricultural producers convert from fossil fuel to electric powered center pivot irrigation systems.
o The United Christian Community Association (TUCCA): will assist applicants in designated Strikeforce counties in West Alabama address grazing and irrigation efficiency related resource concerns.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis; however, selecting applications for funding is completed periodically through batching periods with specific cutoff dates. In EQIP programs, eligible producers may receive a payment based on the statewide average cost of the installation of the conservation practice.
Special emphasis participants like socially disadvantaged, limited resource, and beginning farmers and ranchers are eligible for a higher payment rate. In addition, socially disadvantaged, limited resource, and beginning farmers and ranchers can receive up to 50 percent advanced payment for purchasing materials or contracting.
For more information about EQIP, as well as Regional Conservation Partnership, Conservation Stewardship and other NRCS programs, call the Bibb County NRCS satellite office at 205-926-4360; or, visit the office in person at 183 S.W. Davidson Drive in Centreville, Monday-Thursday from 8am-4pm, to determine eligibility.
Congratulations to John Skinner and everyone who’s a part of the Soup Kitchen in Brent, on their grand opening held Monday, November 12! An average of over 30 people daily are being fed lunch at their facility on Main Street. Hats off to Soup Kitchen also for their leadership of H.O.P.E. In Bibb County, a group working to provide food for the needy. Please see the monthly H.O.P.E. calendar elsewhere in this e-newsletter for up-to-date information on upcoming food distributions. For more information about receiving or supporting food distributions, email H.O.P.E. In Bibb County at email@example.com or text/call H.O.P.E. Chairman Skinner directly at (205) 876-6931. Great things are happening in Bibb County!
CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE
Monday, December 10, 2018
Parade starts at 5:30 P.M. and ends on the Centreville Courthouse Square. There will be vendors for food and shopping and don’t forget the adopted Christmas Trees. The trees will be judged for first, second and third places.
Bibb County 4-H Youth Leadership will be selling HOT DOGS plus!!!!
For more information contact Centreville City Hall (205)926-5052
Bibb County Professional Logging Manager (PLM) Seminar
Five (5) PLM & Continuing Forestry Education Units (CFEs)
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sawmeal Restaurant, 6880 Alabama Highway 5, Brent, AL 35034
NO FEE; pre-register at 205-926-4310 by 4:00 PM Friday, December 7
Lunch will be provided (LIMIT 50 participants)
For Flyer & More Information Click HERE
SPONSORED BY: Bibb County Natural Resources Committee & KyKenKee
Bibb County Forestry Awareness Week Now (FAWN) 2018 Program for Bibb County Schools
FAWN 2018 was a natural resources education program held in mid-October for 534 5th and 6th graders at West Blocton Middle School, Centreville Middle School, and Randolph Elementary School. The purpose of FAWN is to provide engaging natural resources education to youth through interactive presentations by forestry, wildlife, environmental and other related professionals, with an emphasis on conservation, forest stewardship, outdoor recreation and careers in natural resources.
West Blocton Middle School
Centreville Middle Schoole
Come celebrate the partnership of our own Bibb County Career Academy with Lawson State Community College. Join us for OPEN HOUSE December 11 @ 9:00 AM to learn more about upcoming excellent training opportunities. Click FLYER for more information.
Valerie Cook – Bibb County, AL. Chamber of Commerce, Director
This is your time to see if you can find lower premiums and extra benefits.
Look at your Medicare Health plan choices for 2019.
Call for more information 205-926-3288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information contact: Jami Carlee (205) 926-3292
HOPE in Bibb County Food Banks
Please click DECEMBER’s Calendar for dates & times
Lillie Star Church
Thursdays – 205-535-0421
Cahaba Medical Care Community Center
195 Hospital Drive, Centreville
Agape Food Pantry/New Beginning Bibb
First Baptist Church Pantry
1239 Main Street, West Blocton
True Vine Thrift Store
2293 Main Street, Brent 205-828-2152
Brent Baptist Church Caring Center
205-926-7687 *By appointment only *Need a valid photo ID
CSP – need to Pre-register
Call Charron Davis 205-926-9384
First Baptist Church of Woodstock
Highway 5 & Coldwater Road, Woodstock
1728 Main Street, Brent 205-876-6931
Join Bibb County 4-H General Club
November 13 – 6:00- 7:30pm @ Brent Senior Center next to Wendy’s
In November, the 4-H General Club meeting will host the 4-H COUNTY ROUNDUP.
Meets monthly on every second Tuesday – dinner provided