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Cullman County Commission Recognizes Extension 4-H Staff

The Cullman County Commission recently recognized Alabama Extension professionals for their outstanding service to the county’s 4-H program. The county staff received the Crystal Clover, which recognizes it as a 4-H Centennial Youth Initiative County.

Alabama Extension Associate Director Dr. Paul Brown presented the award and medals of excellence to the 4-H Team.

“We established the Centennial Youth Initiative in 2014,” Brown said. “We asked each county to put together a county 4-H team to develop a plan of work for the future that would get young people engaged as we move forward.”

County Commissioner Garry Marchman presented a proclamation honoring Cullman County 4-H accomplishments.

“On behalf of the Cullman County Commission and as a former 4-H er, I want to express our appreciation for the efforts of the Cullman County Extension team in achieving CYI status.  We deeply appreciate their commitment to the youth of Cullman County and look forward to the continued growth of the 4-H youth program,” he said. More than 1,500 youth were involved in Cullman County programs last year.

In addition to the award of CYI county status, James Conway will be assigned as the full-time 4-H Club Foundation regional agent for Cullman County. The funding for this agent is provided by Alabama Extension and the 4-H Club Foundation.

“This new CYI status is going to allow us to increase our 4-H efforts in the county,” said Tony Glover, county Extension coordinator. “We will be able to expand our 4-H programs to additional schools in the county and reach more youth.”

Cullman County is one of 22 counties in Alabama designated as a CYI county.

The Centennial Youth Initiative (CYI) is committed to developing 4-H programs in Alabama to increase access so that more youth can participate in the program, and to enhance the learning experiences  available to youth. The award is based on the following standards of excellence in Alabama 4-H programming:

  • Forming a unified Alabama 4-H team and program
  • Utilizing consistent research-based curriculum resources
  • Diversifying delivery modes tailored to today’s youth
  • Promoting plan-of-work development and teamwork at all levels
  • Aligning staff and position assignments to support program resources and delivery modes

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

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]

 

 

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