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Extension Resources Available in Spanish

This is a Spanish-only web site devoted to serving Hispanics around the world. This site provides links to research-based information in Spanish, with each title translated into English, and links to English version publications (when available) as an aid to non-Spanish speaking service providers.

Este es un sitio web completamente en español dedicado a servir las comunidades hispanas alrededor del mundo. Este sitio provee enlaces a información básica sobre muchos aspectos de extraordinaria importancia en la vida cotidiana. Para poder ayudar a los usuarios de habla inglesa, las publicaciones con texto completo en español tienen también títulos en inglés y enlaces de las traducciones al inglés cuando disponible. [En el lado izquierdo aparece la lista de títulos y traducciones completas al inglés]



Agri-Tourism in Alabama

zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, rhubarb, beans in the foreground, people buying and selling under umbrellas in soft focus in the background

Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.

U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.

Find your Agri-Tourism destination today!

Cullman County has a Very Healthy and Diverse Economy

Cullman County Courthouse May 2013 - by Chris Pruitt. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cullman_County_Courthouse_May_2013_2.jpg#/media/File:Cullman_County_Courthouse_May_2013_2.jpgCullman County has a very healthy and diverse economy including strong agriculture production, strong and diverse industrial base, multiple tourist attractions and a strong retail environment.  Cullman has long maintained their status as the number one agriculture production county in Alabama.  Cullman also consistently attracts new industries to the area in part because of the community’s highly trained and dedicated workforce.

Along with state and local agencies and businesses, Cullman has established several workforce-training programs to benefit both new and existing industries. Through our workforce programs, we have created a highly-qualified labor pool, and provide additional ongoing training to increase the skill levels and education of existing employees.

Tourism opportunities include beautiful Lewis Smith Lake that has over 500 miles of shoreline through Cullman and two adjoining counties. Ave Maria Grotto known throughout the world as “Jerusalem in Miniature,” is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park with 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world.  The nearby Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament is both church and monastery, modeled on the great Italian churches of the 13th century is a much beloved and visited attraction.  Stony Lonesome is the first public OHV Park of its kind in the state. Open year-round, the 1456 acre park features trails for ATVs, rock crawlers, dirt bikes, mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, pedestrians, and much more.

The retail environment is healthy and growing with several major shopping centers and national retailers and food establishments.

For more information on this and other related topics, to find agent contact information, or to view our calendar of upcoming seminars and events, please visit the Cullman County Extension office’s Economic Development page, or visit the Cullman County Chamber of Commerce.

Untangling the New I-9 Form


Filling out I-9 forms is part of the federal immigration law that makes it unlawful for employers to knowingly hire or continue to employ individuals who are not legally authorized to work in the United States.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has stiffened enforcement of I-9 procedure compliance in recent years. This enforcement will be stepped up when the new I-9 form goes into effect May 8.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System; law firm Constangy, Brooks and Smith; and the National Federation of Independent Businesses are offering the training, “Untangling the New Form I-9,” available as a series of online videos.