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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

Breadmaking 101

bread

September 25, 2017
10:00 am—3:00 pm
Cullman County Extension Office
402 Arnold Street NE Suite G-1
Cullman, AL 35055
Fee: $15.00

Learn the basics of making several different varieties of yeast breads, including dinner rolls, sweet rolls, hamburger & hotdog buns, pizza crust, and sandwich bread. Participation is limited to the first 15 people to register and pay for the class.

Workshop Registration Form

Cullman County Grassroots Survey

 

fresh lawn in the morning with dew

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System wants your help to plan programs that address county needs.  Each August, we hold our Grassroots meeting and receive feedback from various representatives of our community in order to assist us in planning the programs we offer.  Obviously, not everyone can attend our Grassroots meeting; however, we want as much input from as many members of our community as possible.

Please take a few minutes to complete the following planning questions. You will not be identified unless you give us your contact information at the end of the survey.  Your answers will be combined with other stakeholders’ answers and the results will be used to help create a program plan for the Cullman County Extension office.

Please skip questions that do not apply to you. For instance, if the question is about poultry farming you may not have any idea what their needs are so just skip over that question.  Others are of a more general nature and you should try to give your best opinion for those.

CULLMANCOUNTYGRASSROOTSURVEY

We certainly appreciate and value your voluntary input.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the survey, please contact our office at (256) 737-9386.

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

 

Tasty Bites Series – Low Fat Pudding in a Cloud

Low Fat Pudding in a Cloud
(Adapted from Kraftfoods.com)

You’ll Need –

2 cups cold fat-free milk
1 (4-serving package) sugar-free chocolate pudding
2 cups thawed frozen lite whipped topping

Measuring cups
Medium bowl
Spoon
Wire whisk

1. Pour milk into medium bowl. Add pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until smooth and
thickened.
2. Spoon 1/3 cup of whipped topping into each of six dessert dishes. Take the back of the spoon and
make a well in each so whipped topping covers the bottom and up the sides.
3. Fill each well with a sixth of the pudding.
4. Refrigerate at least one hour.
6 servings

Calories: 100 Carbohydrate: 15 grams Fat: 3 grams Protein: 3 grams Sodium: 260 milligrams Fiber:1
grams Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
Exchange: 1 starch, ½ fat

Tasty Bites are a series of videos created by the Human Nutrition, Diet & Health Team – Recipes in support of our Right Bite Cooking Series and Color Me Healthy Series.
Check out all the recipes and videos at http://www.aces.edu/family-health/health-nutrition/RightBite/#

For more information about the Right Bite series of classes contact your county office.

2017 Kids Cope Schedule

Kids Cope logo - a bandaged 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 7, 2017 9:00 a.m.
Monday, January 23, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, February 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, March 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, May 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, June 19, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, August 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, October 23, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Monday, November 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

FEE:

$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

*FEE MUST BE PAID BY MONEY ORDER OR CASH ONLY. (NO LARGE BILLS OR CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.)

pdf 2017 Kids Cope Applicationa printable brochure with schedule and application form.

2016-2017 Hunting & Fishing Requirements, Fees, and Season Dates

Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
www.outdooralabama.com

Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest
2016-2017 Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest

Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries District Offices
District 1
Blount, Colbert, Cullman, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Walker, Winston

21453 Harris Station Road
Tanner, AL 35671
(256) 353-2634
email: dcnr.d1wff@dcnr.alabama.gov

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