Upcoming Events



Supporting Local Farm Markets

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Having a source of fresh, locally grown produce, is great for consumers and for producers. Blount County Extension office supports local efforts to improve and expand local markets within the county. This includes you-pick operations, roadside stands and our local farmers market.

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Extension provides assistance with marketing and production meetings, and assist producers with insect and disease identification and control measures and other IPM tactics. These efforts increase the quality and volume of locally grown produce, thereby increasing sales for producers.

For more information for consumers and farmers on farmers markets, or to locate a farmers market near you, visit the our Farmers Market website.

Blount County 4-H Livestock Camp

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4-H youth learn about grooming livestock for various types of shows. The 4-H Livestock Camp was a two day event where youth learned about grooming and positioning cattle. They also got to work with hogs and learned to shear lambs for show. Extension agents and local FFA teachers provided training. Fish and Wildlife Camp will be coming up in June 2015.

Reality Check

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Reality Check is a financial simulation for youth where they pretend to be young adults with financial responsibilities.

They are assigned a career and a family scenario and visit booths making spending decisions. Some of the comments from participants include: “Appreciate what you have”, “Stay in school and wait about having children”, “Now I know why my mom tells me that we can’t afford things”.

Growing Vegetables Under Plastic

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High tunnel and greenhouse production of vegetable and fruit crops is a topic that producers have shown an interest in recently. Utilizing plastic structures allow producers to extend their season, both in spring and fall, and increase sales. High tunnel production programs have been conducted by Extension Agents in the region, giving producers access to the latest information on production and resources. For more information, contact Michael Reeves.

Annie’s Project

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Regional Extension Agent Ruth Brock facilitates a program for women in agriculture called Annie’s Project.

The mission of the program is to empower women working in agriculture to be better business owners and partners through networking and by managing and organizing critical information.

Women farmers and ranchers participating in Annie’s Project classes are overwhelmingly satisfied with the educational experience and report increased knowledge and implementation of risk management skills.

Managing Farm Ponds for Recreational Fishing

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Farm ponds serve many purposes including watering livestock, irrigation for vegetable and fruit crops and providing recreational fishing opportunities.

Farm ponds must be properly managed to achieve goals such as increasing the number of large bass, successful stocking of catfish in a bass/bream pond and controlling weeds. An unmanaged pond may soon become more of a problem rather than an asset. Aquatic weed management will usually be necessary if ponds are not maintained properly.

Publications and other information on proper pond management or recreational fishing may be obtained at local Extension offices, the ACES Recreational Fishing & Pond Management website, or you may attend a Recreational Farm Pond Management program scheduled this summer in Blount County.

When it comes to farm ponds “catch and fry” may be better than “catch and release” if you want bigger bass!