Alabama Law (Act No. 280, Legislature of Alabama 1961) requires a statewide vote of cattle owners every five years to continue the voluntary Alabama beef checkoff program.
The Alabama Beef Checkoff Program is a self-help program for cattle producers that works to increase consumer beef demand and provide opportunities for youth development, research and educational programs for cattlemen in the state. The program is not mandatory as producers who do not wish to participate can request refund on the state beef checkoff assessment.
Who can vote?
All Alabama cattle owners, no age restrictions apply
When is the vote?
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where can I vote?
Cullman Cullman County Extension Office
402 Arnold Street, NE, Suite G-1 Cullman, AL 35055
SERVSAFE FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION CLASS AVAILABLE
Cullman County Extension Office
October 2 & 9, 2018
A ServSafe class is being offered on October 2 & 9 2018 (this is a 2 day class) at the Cullman County Extension Office located at 402 Arnold Street NE, Cullman, AL 35055 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm each day (you must attend both days).
To register visit www.aces.edu/foodsafety/, on the left hand side of the page, and click on Food Service to register online and pay with a credit card (you save $5 dollars that way). Contact Angela Treadaway, Regional Extension Agent, at 205-410-3696 for more information regarding the course & registration. Registration is $125.00 and includes all materials and test for certification.
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ServSafe program provides the training resources to help keep food safety as an essential ingredient in every meal. The ServSafe® Food Safety Certification program offers the restaurant and foodservice industry an up-to-date, comprehensive food safety training and certification program. This course is a nationally recognized food sanitation certification training program developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Designed for foodservice managers, it educates participants on food hazards and appropriate food handling practices. This course is recognized by the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) and has been verified to meet CFP standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This program is accepted by local, state and federal health departments. The state of Alabama Health Department currently deducts 4 critical control, over all, points if you do not have at least one person with this certification.
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, January 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, March 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, April 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, June 25, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, July 30, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, August 27, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, September 24, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, November 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
$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
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.
It 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
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.
4-H is a learn-by-doing youth development program delivered throughout Alabama. If you are a youth living in Alabama, 4-H has something for you!
October is the beginning of a new year in 4-H! Jay Conway, 4-H Agent, and Raydonna Sims, Agent Assistant, have begun conducting 4-H club meetings with 4th & 5th graders in our local schools.
Participation in 4-H doesn’t have to end after 5th grade. 4-H is open to all youth ages 9-18 years of age regardless of where you live. Five to eight year olds can join as Cloverbuds to explore the variety of programs available in 4-H while having fun in a non-competitive environment. 4-H has so many amazing opportunities for youth!
You are invited to join us for the first Community Club meeting of the year at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Cullman County Extension Office, located at 402 Arnold Street NE Suite G-1, Cullman, AL 35055. The Cullman County Community Club is comprised of former school club members who wish to continue membership past the 5th grade, students attending a school not offering 4-H, and homeschool students.
In addition to our Cullman County Community Club, there are several special interest clubs that meet at different times throughout the year. For more information, contact our office at 256-737-9386 to speak with Jay or Raydonna about the different opportunities available or email Jay at firstname.lastname@example.org or Raydonna at email@example.com.
The Cullman County Commission recently recognized Alabama Extension professionals for their outstanding service to the county’s 4-H program. The county staff received the Crystal Clover, which recognizes it as a 4-H Centennial Youth Initiative County.
Alabama Extension Associate Director Dr. Paul Brown presented the award and medals of excellence to the 4-H Team.
“We established the Centennial Youth Initiative in 2014,” Brown said. “We asked each county to put together a county 4-H team to develop a plan of work for the future that would get young people engaged as we move forward.”
County Commissioner Garry Marchman presented a proclamation honoring Cullman County 4-H accomplishments.
“On behalf of the Cullman County Commission and as a former 4-H er, I want to express our appreciation for the efforts of the Cullman County Extension team in achieving CYI status. We deeply appreciate their commitment to the youth of Cullman County and look forward to the continued growth of the 4-H youth program,” he said. More than 1,500 youth were involved in Cullman County programs last year.
In addition to the award of CYI county status, James Conway will be assigned as the full-time 4-H Club Foundation regional agent for Cullman County. The funding for this agent is provided by Alabama Extension and the 4-H Club Foundation.
“This new CYI status is going to allow us to increase our 4-H efforts in the county,” said Tony Glover, county Extension coordinator. “We will be able to expand our 4-H programs to additional schools in the county and reach more youth.”
Cullman County is one of 22 counties in Alabama designated as a CYI county.
The Centennial Youth Initiative (CYI) is committed to developing 4-H programs in Alabama to increase access so that more youth can participate in the program, and to enhance the learning experiences available to youth. The award is based on the following standards of excellence in Alabama 4-H programming:
AUBURN, Ala. –Dried herbs are a great addition to any meal but buying your favorites from the store can add up and be pretty pricey. If you love to do things at home and already have fresh herbs growing in your garden, it is inexpensive and easy to dry them at home. All you need to get started is twine, scissors, … Read More »