Upcoming Events



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

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

A Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course will be held on November 7, 2018 at 
9:00 am to 5: 00 pm at the Cullman County Extension Office, 402 Arnold Street NE, Suite G-1, Cullman, AL 35055.  To register for this course, please contact the Extension Office at 256-737-9386 or email:  cullmancounty@auburn.edu.

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. Attending this course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Course

Seven hours of instruction time to cover content contained in these seven modules:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, &  Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, & Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling & Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

This course is FREE and lunch will be provided.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Registration

November 7, 2018, 9:00 am -5: 00 pm

2018 ALABAMA BEEF CHECKOFF REFERENDUM

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
256-737-9386

SERVSAFE FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION CLASS AVAILABLE

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.

 

2018 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, 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.

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 2018 Kids Cope Application – a printable brochure with schedule and application form.

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

Cullman County 4-H Clubs

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 conwajk@auburn.edu or Raydonna at rbs0005@auburn.edu.

 

Join Alabama 4-H!

Join Alabama 4-H!