Upcoming Events



Chambers County Youth Will Attend 4-H Summer Camp June 7 – 9

Chambers County 4-H youth ages 9-13 have the opportunity to attend 4-H Summer Camp at the Alabama 4-H Center on June 7-9. The cost of $106 includes lodging, all activities, meals each day, 3 snacks, a summer camp t-shirt, and transportation to and from camp! Youth will be chaperoned by 4-H trained and screened staff and volunteers. To register, contact 4-H Agent Rachel Snoddy via email (leerach@aces.edu), calling our office (334-864-9373) or stopping by the Chambers County Extension Office at 18 Alabama Ave E, Room 201, Lafayette AL. Our office hours are 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM Central time. Registration and a non-refundable $25 deposit is due by February 24th.

Sarah Dickinson joins ACES Animal Science and Forages Team

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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System welcomes Sarah Dickinson to the statewide Animal Science and Forages team as a Regional Extension Agent serving Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Lee, Randolph, Shelby, Talladega, and Tallapoosa counties.  An Alabama native, Dickinson was raised on her family’s beef cattle operation in Citronelle and became involved in 4-H Livestock project. She exhibited swine and beef market projects in Alabama and beef heifers in state and across the county. Sarah’s heifer projects and utilization of artificial insemination led to the development of her small herd of Simmental influenced females, Sarah Dickinson Simmental Farm.

Sarah earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Auburn University in 2014. She was actively involved in the Auburn Block and Bridle club, Ag Ambassadors, Auburn Collegiate Cattlemen, and American Junior Simmental Association during her college years, and nourished a strong passion for the agriculture community during this time. She then traveled to Columbia, Missouri and was mentored by Dr. Michael Smith of the University of Missouri. There, she recently completed her Master’s degree in Animal Science concentrating on beef cattle reproduction. Dickinson’s Thesis research was centered on increasing AI pregnancy rates in beef cows following a single, fixed-time insemination. More specifically, she examined the effect of ovulatory follicle size on oocyte (egg) competence in beef females following estrous synchronization.

The cattle through which Sarah’s research data was obtained were located at Fort Keogh, a USDA research station in Miles City, Montana. Therefore, she spent two summers in southeastern Montana gathering data and learning about beef cattle production on the high plains. Sarah’s beef production knowledge was also broadened in Missouri by her extensive training in extension work related to beef cattle reproductive management. Here, she became proficient in beef heifer reproductive tract scoring and pelvic measurements, beef cattle estrous synchronization procedures, artificial insemination, palpation, and ultrasonography. Sarah was further mentored by Dr. David Patterson, and gained a strong understanding of principles surrounding beef heifer development through involvement with the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program©.

Sarah is housed in the Tallapoosa County extension office, and is excited to make an impact on Alabama’s agricultural community. She states: “I feel blessed to have the opportunity to provide relevant information to help my fellow producers advance their given endeavors. I cannot relay how grateful I am to the talented individuals who mentored me in our state and across the country, and am now excited to put my scientific training, production background, and networking skills to use by helping others!”

Please contact Sarah with animal science or forage related questions, programming ideas for your area, or to discuss agriculture and your operation.

Sarah Dickinson, M.S.

Regional Extension Agent I

Animal Science & Forages

Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Cell: 256-537-0024

Office: 256-825-1050

Email:sed0029@auburn.edu

Serving Chambers, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Lee, Randolph, Shelby, Talladega, and Tallapoosa Counties

Give to Grow Alabama 4-H Campaign Kicks Off in December

Alabama 4-H grows confident, capable and caring young people with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow.

Alabama 4-H many and varied programs provide experience and opportunities that prepare young people to be college and career ready, aspire to learn, stay active and learn to be a leader.   Programs offered include science and technology, animals and agriculture, consumer sciences, leadership, citizenship, and environmental and outdoor science.

“Young people have an array of choices in their 4-H experience, individuality is valued, and each person is encouraged to discover his or her own skills, talents and interests,” said Dr. Molly Gregg, assistant director for 4-H programs with Alabama Extension. “4-H also helps young people learn to make good decisions, think critically, build relationships, practice leadership and develop a concern for their community and their world.”

Alabama 4-H’s Give to Grow allows you to support 4-H.

With funding from county, federal and state sources declining and tax dollars only going so far, Alabama 4-H program relies on support from youth, families, Extension specialists and agents, volunteers, partners and donors to succeed.

“Join me in investing in the future of Alabama by making a charitable donation to expand 4-H opportunities to all youth of Alabama; they are our future leaders. The lessons our youth learn today in 4-H will benefit Alabama in the future. Thank you for your generosity and faith in the young people of Alabama,” said Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Give to Grow 4-H donations help fund clubs, camps, enrichment programs and recognition of outstanding young people and adults who are leaders among their peers. When you give to 4-H you enrich young lives through designated support of a project area, event, scholarship or improved facilities.

Your donation can provide the HOPE! You can

  • Send a young person to camp
  • Help a young person build a rocket
  • Support and build new leaders
  • Help a young person learn stewardship
  • Send a young person outdoors to discover the wonder of nature
  • Prepare a young person to take action for today and tomorrow

 

There are various ways to give to Alabama 4-H.

  • Cash gifts are the easiest way of giving to 4-H. Make checks payable to the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc., and mail to 227 Duncan Hall, Auburn, University, 36849
  • Credit Cards. Visit the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation website at alabama4hfoundation.org for details about giving by credit card.
  • Other ways to give. Securities, corporate matching gifts and planned deferred gifts are a few of the additional ways to give. For more options, visit the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation website at alabama4hfoundation.org, www.GivetoGrowAL4H.com, or www.facebook.com/Alabama4-HClubFoundation.com.

“Alabama 4-H opens so many doors for young people,” said Paul Pinyan, chairman of the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc. “By supporting the Give to Grow campaign, you can help expand program opportunities for youth in every part of the state.”

“When you give to grow Alabama 4-H, young people grow in confidence, responsibility, leadership and good citizenship. 4-H affords youth opportunities to learn by doing. Half the globe is under 25 years of age.  We need their engagement like never before. There is a world of need out there, but also a world of opportunity. You can make a difference,” Gregg added.

In 2014, more than 138,000 young people –37,591 in 1,863 4-H Clubs and 101,084 in 4-H events and activities, across the state –pledged their heads to clearer thinking, their hearts to greater loyalty, their hands to larger service and their health to better living.

Call the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Inc., office at (334) 844-5536 with any questions.

4-H is the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering more than six million young people in the United States. As the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System and USDA, 4-H serves every county and parish in the United States through a network of 110 universities and more than 3,000 county Extension offices.

Jack Tatum, Regional Extension Agent

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Chambers County is home to over 12,000 head of cattle. In addition, 4-H youth are very successful in the showing of cattle at the local, state and national level. Also, Chambers County has one of the top Simmental and Simmental-Angus cross sales that generates over $200, 000 in the November sale. Add to that fact that some commercial and purebred breeders generate excellent dollars in purebred and commercial sales throughout Alabama and Florida. Not to be left out is that horses and goats are also scattered throughout the county. With this involvement of livestock, this calls for an excellent forage and hay production process.

As a Regional Extension Agent if is my job to make sure that needs of the clientele are met in Chambers County.

Jack Tatum
Regional Extension Agent

Chambers County 4-H

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Last year in Chambers County 4-H we reached approximately 1195 youth through our in-school clubs, enrichment programs, day camps, and community clubs. We plan to increase that number this next 4-H year! We have many opportunities for Chambers County youth ages 9-18, including livestock projects, shooting sports, robotics, and much more! If you are interested in joining 4-H or would like to volunteer with 4-H, call our 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent Rachel Snoddy at 334-750-2017 or email her at leerach@aces.edu

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For more information about 4-H in Chambers County, or throughout Alabama, visit our website!