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Drying Herbs at Home

Dried Hers

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 »


IPM Videos for Beginning Farmers

Alabama Vegetable IPM Project reaches out to a large variety of audience through multiple communication channels. Educational videos are a great way to reach all producers, especially those that may not be able to travel to an Extension event but have a computer at home for self-training.

Videos are useful to not only introduce basic concepts but they are also useful in presenting advanced information about how stuff works to experienced farmers. This is the motivation behind developing 3-5 min videos that you can watch on your mobile devises!

Check out the educational videos that are available online via the Alabama Vegetable IPM website and linked also to the Alabama Beginning Farmers project. Remember to switch browsers if you have a problem with videos or websites. If you visit the Beginning Farmers website, remember to sign up for the electronic curriculum that is going to be available soon using the automated system.

For any comments or suggestions, then please call us at 251-331-8416 or email bugdoctor@auburn.edu.

Thank you for your support.

Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, ACES Specialist III
Agronomic Crops & Commercial Horticulture

How To Dry Fruit

Home Food Safety, Preparation & Preservation, Regional Extension Agent, Angela Treadaway, discusses preserving fruit using dehydration.

Drying fruits is a delicious and nutritious way to add a little variety to your diet.  The process of preserving fruits by drying them originated in 1700 BC in ancient Mesopotamia.  Raisins, figs, dates, apricots and apples were some of the most popular dried fruits in ancient times, and remain some of the most popular today.

Read article at Extension Daily Blog

2016 Kids Cope Schedule


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 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, February 22, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, March 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, April 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, June 6, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, July 11, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, August 8, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, August 22 , 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, October 17 , 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, November 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m.

$20 per person if applications and payment are received by the Cullman County Extension Office prior to the session. 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

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


pdf 2016 Kids Cope Application – a Printable brochure with schedule and application form.

Upcoming Events

Check out the following upcoming events taking place in Cullman &  our surrounding counties:
November 10, 2015
4:30 pm-7:00 pm   High Tunnel Production for Local Markets
Presentation and discussion of crops and production practices associated with high tunnels for extending the vegetable season in north Alabama. This meeting will be held at the Morgan County Extension Office.  Contact Mike Reeves, REA Commercial Horticulture at (256) 773-2549 or reevemd@aces.edu for more information
6:30 pm-8:30 pm    New Concepts in Equine Management
This program will be held at the Belle Mina Research Station.  Topics will include the physical and mental benefits of “slow feeding”, methods of reducing hay waste, and a discussion of “track systems” of various sizes.  Contact Gerry Thompson at 256-508-2020 or thompgl@aces.edu for more information.
November 21, 2015
Morgan County Electronic Waste Recycle Day
ACES is hosting an electronic waste recycling day at the Hartselle Civic Center. Bring electronics of any kind to be recycled: computers, laptops, cell phones, printers, printer cartridges, gaming systems, DVD players, etc. All electronics are free to recycle except for CRT monitors (glass front televisions or monitors). Due to the difficulty of recycling these monitors, the recycler is charging a $15 fee per monitor.  Contact Allyson Shabel at 256-773-2549 or ams0137@aces.edu for more information.
December 1, 2015
2:00 pm-5:00 pm     “Open House” at the North AL Bull Evaluation Center
There are over 70 outstanding bulls “on test” at the North Alabama Bull Evaluation Center (NABEC) in Cullman. The “Open House” will allow any interested cattle producer the opportunity to view the bulls in a relaxed atmosphere. Consignors and Extension personnel will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice about any aspect of the bull development system. The NABEC sale will be at the Cullman Stockyards on Sat, Dec 12 beginning at 11:00 am.  Contact Gerry Thompson at 256-508-2020 or thompgl@aces.edu for more information.

6:00 pm-8:00 pm     Techniques of Cattle Selection
This meeting will be held at the North Alabama Agriplex in Cullman and will discuss the techniques of selecting cattle that will work effectively in various cattle operations. The is no cost to attend the program but pre-registration by email thompgl@aces.edu or phone (256-508-2020) is requested.

December 7, 2015
10:00 am-2:00 pm     Decorating with Nature
Want to learn how to use fresh materials from your garden to decorate this holiday season? Join Cullman County Master Gardener, Loretta Gillespie, and Extension Agent Assistant, Raydonna Sims, for this 4-hour workshop as they share decorating ideas using natural materials. We will demonstrate how to use both live and dried plant materials and you will learn simple ways to beautifully decorate your table this winter. The cost of the class is $15.00.  Materials and lunch will be provided, plus you will take home a completed decoration. Please bring gardening gloves and hand-pruning shears. This class is limited to 30 people, so you must register and pay to secure your spot at the Cullman County Extension Office, 402 Arnold Street NE Suite G-1, Cullman, AL  35055.
December 14 & 15, 2015
8:00 am-4:00 pm     Alabama Corn and Wheat Short Course
Register for this event

Winter 2016-Dates to be determined

Plans are underway to offer the Farmer 101 series this winter, provided we have enough people interested in attending. Please contact us at cullmancounty@auburn.edu if you would like more details on this series.

Tax Tips for Forest Landowners Released for 2015 – FWNRM Blog

Federal income tax laws can influence a private woodland owner’s financial decisions about land management. Yet, special favorable tax provisions on timber that are intended to encourage private forest management and stewardship are commonly unknown. To help woodland owners in filing their 2015 tax returns, this publication explains the federal income tax laws on timber. The information is not legal or accounting advice. It is current as of September 30, 2015.

Source: Tax Tips for Forest Landowners Released for 2015 – FWNRM Blog