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.

 

Small Business Workshop: “Should I Be a Business Entity?”

September 4, 2018
1:00 pm-4:00pm

Cullman Chamber of Commerce 301 2nd Ave SW, Cullman 35055

You and your brother are raising cattle on halves. Are you a business entity? By default, you are a general partnership. If your brother’s employee is hurt working the cattle, you are probably liable. If you are liable, the court could take not only business assets but also personal property. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, in cooperation with the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce, is offering a program on business entities.  This program is designed for small businesses of all kinds including farming.

Check out the topics to be presented by viewing the Event Flyer and register using one of the following options listed below:

Registration

  • Register online at www.aces.edu/business-entity.
  • To register by mail, send a check to 301 O.D. Smith Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5608. Make payable to Auburn University and specify the Cullman location.
  • Call 334-844-5100 to register by phone.

Fees
Individuals:  $15
Accountants: $60  (3 hours CPE)

If you have additional questions regarding this event, please contact: Tony Glover, Cullman County Extension Coordinator by email at:  gloveta@aces.edu or phone:  256-737-9386.

 

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University) is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Everyone is welcome!
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Hydroponic Vegetable Growing

Thursday, April 19, 2018

6:00—8:00 p.m

North Alabama Agriplex
1714 Tally Ho Street SW
Cullman, AL 35055

Are you interested in learning about advanced methods to grow produce?  If so, Dr. Jeremy Pickens, Auburn Universities Greenhouse Specialist, will provide an introduction to hydroponics along with methods on how to adopt these technologies to fit small scale production.

Topics will include:
Overview of the hydroponic industry
Hydroponic cropping systems
Understanding fertilizers.
Small-scale hydroponic production.
The Greenhouse environment

Pre-registration is required on or before Monday, April 16th with a $10 registration fee due prior to the class.  Make checks payable to:  Cullman County Extension Office.

Seating is limited to the first 40 paid registrants.

Complete & mail registration form to:
Cullman County Extension Office
402 Arnold Street NE Suite G-1
Cullman, AL 35055

For more information contact our office at 256-737-9386 or email cullmancounty@auburn.edu

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.

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

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.

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