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Scale Back Alabama 2019

Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free, statewide weight-loss program for those who live and work in Alabama, ages 18 and older. Each year, starting in January, teams of two strive to lose 10 pounds each to be entered into a drawing for cash prizes. The program has been a tremendous success with more than 1.4 million pounds lost over the past 12 years.

Through weekly health tips, online resources and social media, SBA creates public awareness of health issues caused by obesity and empowers Alabamians who are overweight and/or obese to implement healthier lifestyles by eating less and moving more. The program expands within the community through churches, schools and other organizations. And, even though it’s geared toward adults, healthy habits adopted due to SBA participation have positively impacted entire families.

SCALE BACK ALABAMA IN 2019
• Teams of two register at scalebackalabama.com or via the SBA phone app. If using the app, be sure to turn notifications “on.”
• To enhance communication with participants, early registration begins Dec. 1. Only weight lost after you weigh during weigh-in week in January counts toward the 10-pound goal.
• Both team participants must visit an official site to weigh-in during the week of Jan. 21 – 27 (Weigh-In at the Cullman County Extension Office is Tuesday, January 22-Friday, January 25. On-site registration is available during weigh-in week. Locations, dates and times will be listed on the SBA website in mid-January.

Cullman County Master Gardener Class to Begin January 30, 2019

The Cullman County Extension Office plans to offer the Alabama Master Gardener Class each Wednesday beginning, January 30, 2019 and continuing through Wednesday, April 17th.  Master Gardener Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. with a lunch break from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  All the classes except for two will be held in the conference room of the Cullman County Office Building.

Birds eye view of a woman gardener weeding an organic vegetable garden with a hand fork.
Birds eye view of a woman gardener weeding an organic vegetable garden with a hand fork.

If you register for the class before December 31st, the fee is $125.00 and includes the cost of a thick reference notebook, refreshments, travel expenses for speakers, and the cost of a background check. Our office will be closed for the holidays beginning Thursday, December 20th through Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  As long as your application is postmarked on or before December 31st, you will receive the discount.  After that date, the fee increases to $150.00.  If you are interested in attending the class, but would like to divide the cost, you may make three payments of $50.00 each. The first would need to be included with your application and the remainder paid before the first day of class.

A number of gardening topics are covered in the class, including: Plant Physiology, Soils & Plant Nutrition, Growing Herbs, Weed Identification & Control, Home Lawns, Home Fruit Production, Plant Propagation, Home Vegetable Gardening, Plant Selection, Annuals & Perennials, Wildlife Damage Control, Plant Pathology, Basic Entomology, Landscape Design, and Care & Maintenance of Ornamentals.

The main purpose of the Master Gardener Program is to develop volunteers to assist Extension in meeting the horticultural needs in the area.  Fifty volunteer hours are required for certification as an Alabama Master Gardener and participants have one year from the beginning of the class to complete this requirement.

Please complete & print Parts I & II of the Alabama Master Gardener Volunteer Program application, mail or bring it by the Cullman County Extension Office located at 402 Arnold Street NE Suite G-1, Cullman, AL  35055.  Part III contains information regarding the background check; once your application request is accepted, I will give you instructions for completing the background check forms.

Please return your application as soon as possible as a minimum of fifteen people must register in order for us to offer the class.  We will notify you on or before Wednesday, January 23, 2019, as to whether or not the class will be held. 

Feel free to contact the Cullman Extension Office at (256) 737-9386 or me at the Morgan County Office (256) 773-2549; my cell (256) 595-2478, or email: tcc0029@auburn.edu if you have any additional questions.

Tim Crow, REA Home Grounds, Gardens & Pests

2019 Kids Cope Schedule

a bandaged heart with the words "Kids Cope" adjacent to the heart

The Cullman Circuit Court has mandated that all divorcing parents of minor children must attend a KidsCope parenting session. You are required to attend one session that will last approximately two hours.

Topics to be included:

  • Needs of your children during this stressful time
  • Building positive relationships with your child
  • Learning to avoid putting your child in no-win situations
  • Developmental stages of children and their reactions to divorce
  • Parenting together even when divorced

Session Dates and Times:

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 7, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, February 18, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, March 18, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, April 29, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, May 20, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, June 17, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, July 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, August 19, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, October 21, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, November 18, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

FEE:

$25 per person if applications and payment are received by the Cullman County Extension Office prior to the session. You can register and pay online, download the form and mail in a money order (no checks accepted for payment), or download the form and bring cash or a money order (no checks accepted for payment) to the office. A late fee of $5.00 will be charged if you pay at the time of the session.

Sessions will be held at the Cullman County Office Building Conference Room at 402 Arnold Street NE, Cullman, AL 35055.

For more information contact the Cullman County Extension Office at 256-737-9386

pdf 2019 Kids Cope Application – a printable brochure with schedule and application form.

Fruit & Vegetable Mini-Series

The Cullman & Morgan County Extension Offices have joined forces to offer a Fruit & Vegetable 6-week Mini-Series.  Each county will alternate weeks hosting the classes.  Participants may register for individual classes at $10 each or $50 for the series.  Fee includes refreshments & materials.

Register & pay online at: http://www.aces.edu/go/932 

You may also register by contacting the Cullman County Extension Office either by phone at (256) 737-9386 or email:  cullmancounty@auburn.edu

Dates

February 5, 2019          6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Soils & Cover Crops
Tony Glover, Cullman County CEC & Arnold Caylor
North Alabama Agriplex
1714 Talley Ho Street SW, Cullman, AL 35055

February 12, 2019          6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Small Fruit Production
Doug Chapman, REA Commercial Horticulture
Morgan County Extension Office
3120 Hwy. 36 W, Suite B, Hartselle, AL 35640

February 19, 2019          6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Marketing & FSA Programs
Tony Glover & FSA Office
North Alabama Agriplex
1714 Talley Ho Street SW, Cullman, AL 35055

February 26, 2019         6:00 pm-8:00 pm 
Protected Production. Season Extension & Small Farm Equipment
Mike Reeves, Morgan County CEC
Morgan County Extension Office
3120 Hwy. 36 W, Suite B, Hartselle, AL 35640

March 5, 2019          6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Vegetable Production, Disease & Weed Control
Cullman County Extension Office
402 Arnold Street NE, Cullman, AL 35055

March 12, 2019          6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Vegetable Insect Management–Organic & Conventional Methods, Pest Exclusion & Trap Crop Research
Dr. Ayanava Mujamdar, Ext. Specialist, Entomology & Plant Pathology
Morgan County Extension Office
3120 Hwy. 36 W, Suite B, Hartselle, AL 35640

Specialty Crops Newsletter

In this issue of the SCP Newsletter, we are excited to highlight some hot topics important to the specialty crops industry.  We’ll present details on USDA Harmonized GAP Audits, as we align our standards with the requirements of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and pursue Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition of the USDA standard.  You’ll also get a perspective of how a Marketing Order & Agreements (MOAD) Marketing Specialist strives to support a commodity program covered by the Specialty Crops Program.

Source: Specialty Crops Newsletter

Mayonnaise and Peanut Butter Jars Are not Suitable for Canning – Extension Daily

Many home food preservers ask the question “Can mayonnaise jars made by a company that makes canning jars be used in home food preservation?”  The answer is no.

“Companies making both canning jars and other types of jars caution against using commercial jars for home canning,” said Patti West, a regional food safety agent with Alabama Extension.  Read article……….

If you would like to learn how to safely preserve the bounty from your summer garden, the Cullman County Extension has a three-day course Home Food Preservation Course scheduled for 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Tuesday, July 18th-Thursday, July 20th.  The cost is $40 for the course or $15 per day.  Contact our office at 256-737-9386 for more information.  Space is limited and you must pre-register to attend.

Source: Mayonnaise and Peanut Butter Jars Are not Suitable for Canning – Extension Daily

 

Northwest Alabama Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter

Northwest Alabama Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter

sheep and goatIt is hard to believe September is here and fall is around the corner. If you are like me you had a busy summer and the months swept on by like a warm summer breeze. This has been a difficult summer for livestock owners and forage production, many have  experienced a drought for most of the summer and then armyworms invaded many Bermuda grass pastures. Prime sheep and goat prices have hovered around $2/lb. and cattle prices have dropped to their lowest prices in several years. Farming is a
high-risk enterprise, unlike most other ventures, not only is there supply and demand, but there is
the weather.

In this issue you will find:
Points to Ponder – some thoughts based on what I have observed over the summer.
NRCS Deadlines – for those interested in EQIP you need to register for 2017.
Upcoming Events – several good workshops and conferences coming up.
Marketing Tips – instead of including a marketing report I have opted to share a publication that is very informative.

I hope your hay or pasture inventories are in good shape for this fall and winter. Who knows what
conditions will be for the next six months forage production? If all else fails be ready to cull
low-producing animals, and have a plan for over-seeding pastures and planting winter forages.

Robert Spencer,
Urban Regional Extension Specialist
E-mail: rds0002@aces.edu
Office Phone: 256-372-7983
Cell Phone: 256-689-0274