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Cullman County has tremendous natural resources as part of the beautiful and diverse Cumberland Plateau. The Cumberland Plateau physiographic section is the most southerly part of the Appalachian Plateaus province of the Appalachian Highlands Region. Cullman lies in the Warrior Basin region of the Cumberland Plateau. The Black Warrior system has two different flow patterns. Its eastern tributaries, the Mulberry and Locust forks, rise between Cullman and Guntersville and flow southwest in a trellis pattern consisting of long, relatively straight stream segments with smaller short tributaries joining at right angles. The northern tributary, the Sipsey Fork, flows in a very distinctive rectangular pattern. West of the city of Cullman all waters flow into the Sipsey Fork and feeds beautiful Lewis Smith Lake.
Lewis Smith Lake, is one of 11 premier bass fishing lakes located on the Alabama Bass Trail. The lake is both a beautiful natural resource and an attraction for tourism and residential development.
Just outside of the city of Cullman is Hurricane Creek Park a 67 acre natural area. The compact park is nestled in a 500 foot deep canyon in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and illustrates well the geographic diversity found throughout the county.
Proper land, soil and water management will continue to provide opportunities for recreation, agriculture, controlled growth and long term sustainability.
Health is more than the absent of disease – it is the state of complete physical, mental & social well-being. It is with this goal in mind that there is a diversity of programming in the Family and Health area.
Food Safety programming is one program that offers the opportunity for people to become certified in ServSafe a Food Safety Certification Course to enable them to work in restaurants and other food service areas. Home canning and preservation classes are also offered – these classes offer attendees the opportunity to save money and be in control of the food they provide their families. Cottage Law Food Safety Class and certification class helps entrepreneurs be aware the opportunities and dangers involved in selling your non-hazardous food items like baked goods and jams and jellies prepared at home.
Money management is critical in today’s economy and programming offered in this area provides attendees the opportunity to look at their spending in a new way. Annie’s Project is a program to give women in agriculture the opportunity to come together and learn about various issues of farming in 2015.
Families are important and programming in dealing with child development issues is offered. There are also classes on parenting, including the roles of a divorced parent with the KidsCope classes.
Nutrition and health programming includes series programs with youth and adults. Color Me Healthy a program for pre-schoolers has been recently brought into the county with great results. Eat Healthy Be Active is another series program in the county with attendees learning about food labeling, exercise, and making healthier choices. A new diabetes education – DEEP – Diabetes Empowerment Education Program will be offered soon.
Keeping people aware of the ways in which Family and Health intersect with other areas within the ACES is also part of our programming. We are involved in the Cullman Farmers Market in promoting healthy eating by buying local through your farmers market. We educate farmers on how grow their produce with less food safety risks, and handling it safety at farmers markets. We are involved in youth programming through 4-H and other youth programs in the state such as Junior Master Gardener. We are active in local health initiatives from various coalitions, to the CDC funded ALPROHEALTH program.
Cullman County has a very healthy and diverse economy including strong agriculture production, strong and diverse industrial base, multiple tourist attractions and a strong retail environment. Cullman has long maintained their status as the number one agriculture production county in Alabama. Cullman also consistently attracts new industries to the area in part because of the community’s highly trained and dedicated workforce.
Along with state and local agencies and businesses, Cullman has established several workforce-training programs to benefit both new and existing industries. Through our workforce programs, we have created a highly-qualified labor pool, and provide additional ongoing training to increase the skill levels and education of existing employees.
Tourism opportunities include beautiful Lewis Smith Lake that has over 500 miles of shoreline through Cullman and two adjoining counties. Ave Maria Grotto known throughout the world as “Jerusalem in Miniature,” is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park with 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The nearby Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament is both church and monastery, modeled on the great Italian churches of the 13th century is a much beloved and visited attraction. Stony Lonesome is the first public OHV Park of its kind in the state. Open year-round, the 1456 acre park features trails for ATVs, rock crawlers, dirt bikes, mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, pedestrians, and much more.
The retail environment is healthy and growing with several major shopping centers and national retailers and food establishments.
For more information on this and other related topics, to find agent contact information, or to view our calendar of upcoming seminars and events, please visit the Cullman County Extension office’s Economic Development page, or visit the Cullman County Chamber of Commerce.
Cullman County is the number one agriculture producing county in the state. The total production of forest and agricultural products totaled $948.6 million in 2010. Cullman ranks first in broiler production, cattle production, dairy cattle and milk production. Cullman also ranked second in vegetable and melon farming. Cullman County’s agricultural, forestry, and related industries generated 15,555 full- and part-time jobs, representing 39.9 percent of the county’s total workforce (38,939 jobs). The total impact of agriculture, forestry, and related industries was $2.4 billion, which was 50.0 percent of the county’s total economic activity ($4.8 billion). The indirect business taxes impact was $65.5 million, 40.2 percent of the county’s total indirect business taxes.
Disasters often happen without much warning. Large or small, disasters happen. Cullman county is well aware of how quickly disaster can strike and how devastating and disrupting it can be to our lives. That is why being prepared to respond when disaster strikes can so crucial. Disaster preparedness can even make the difference between life and death for victims left behind.
There are many things that can be done by way of disaster preparedness but a good place to start is with a disaster supply kit. This kit would contain some essentially items for short term disasters. Things such as food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive following a disaster in the event they must rely on their own resources for a time before help arrives. A good place to get essential preparedness information is www.ready.gov.
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