Upcoming Events



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

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

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

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

Cullman County is the Number One Agriculture Producing County in the State

agriculture

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.

For more information on the economic impact of agriculture and forestry to Cullman County and the rest of Alabama contact Tony Glover, or visit http://www.aces.edu/impact/ag/

What do I do with surplus produce?

What do you do with produce that never makes it to market – the veggies that are too big, too small, slightly bruised, cracked, or oddly shaped?

What happens to your produce when it is handled too much at market and just won’t make it to the next market day?

What happens to your produce when you just have too much of a good thing? Is it plowed back into the soil?

Find out what to do with surplus produce here.

Nut Culture and Pecan Grafting Workshop

We can grow several nut crops in the Cullman area including pecans, Chinese chestnuts, black walnuts and even newly developed American chestnuts. Come hear from Regional Extension Agent, Doug Chapman who will also be demonstrating how to graft pecan trees. Tony Glover, County Agent Coordinator and Cullman Master Gardener, Don Nelson will be giving a short update on the American Chestnut and its reintroduction into our forest and how you can be involved.

Learn more here.

Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter Spring 2014

It appears spring is here, the cold and snowy winter is behind us. It is time to start focusing on forage and vegetable production this spring into summer, and marketing vegetables, goats, and sheep all the way into fall. I assume you have submitted and received soil test results from the soil sample you sent off in January or February. And you have already begun sewing clover and crabgrass seed for spring and summer grazing. If you have not done either it is not too late. By now your kids and lambs that were born in December should be weaned or almost weaned and at market weight or almost there. Market prices for goats and sheep have varied these past few months. Prices for goats have been up compared to the past few years, prices for sheep have been very lackluster as of the end of March into April. At Extension we have been busy planning events for late spring into summer. This newsletter will share a variety of relevant information.

Read more here.