Upcoming Events

Urban Environmental Science Education Program (UESEP)


The Urban Environmental Science Education Program (UESEP) provides education that introduces environmental concepts and issues to youth and adult. The goal is to deliver research-based environmental education and outreach programs that stimulate societal change and lead to more environmentally conscious lives for Alabama citizens.

For more information, contact Phillip Carter, Urban Regional Extension Agent for Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resource Management.

Reality Check



High school students take on the role of an adult in futuristic Reality Check.

They’re given jobs, income, a family, and debt. The challenge? Visit merchants to select housing, transportation, food, household necessities, clothing, day care, and other wants and needs while building a budget.

The Reality Check Program allows participants to make mistakes—and suffer the consequences of their decisions—in a realistic, but safe, environment. Most participants are surprised to learn “I can’t have a big house and a new truck on my salary and still pay for day care and groceries.” Once the shock wears off, they re-evaluate choices and manage their money effectively.

True to life, Fate visits each participant during the session delivering a windfall check or an unexpected bill. Once students have had their eyes opened by this simulation, the “Can I Make It on My Own?” Reality begins to set in.

The Reality Check Program is used to encourage teenagers to plan and budget for adult independence.

Ozark Technology Center


Mission Statement: To provide an environment that is conducive to the success and growth of new and expanding businesses, create regional job opportunities and expand the regional economy.

Manufacturing Bays and Dock Area and Office Space. Available services: affordable office space, internet capabilities, use of resource materials, use of conference room, use of break room, shared office equipment (fax & copier), business related seminars to assist small business, access to small business loans.

(334) 774-4952

Master Cattle Producer Certification Classes


Local area beef cattle producers recently completely an intense training on cattle production.

During the 4 weeks training course which was taught by ACES Professionals, participants learned about beef cattle production economics, forages-grazing production, beef nutrition and feeding, beef reproduction & breeding, beef health programs, beef marketing, beef genetics & genetic selection, and beef quality assurance & handling.

Upon successful completion of the program, each participant was certified as a Master Cattle Producer.

For more information, please contact Rickey Hudson, Regional Extension Agent for Animal Science and Forages, or visit our Livestock site.

Lunch and Learn


This year the Dale County Extension Office and the Claybank Master Gardeners are hosting a monthly Lunch and Learn series. On the second Tuesday of each month a timely home garden topic is presented by either a Master Gardener or Extension Agent.

Thus far, we have discussed feeding and attracting birds, home pruning, the basics to home composting, and which bulbs to plant to have color year round. We are looking forward to May’s topic on bees. Not only will we discuss the importance of our native pollinators, but we’ll also learn about the honey bee.

Though the Lunch and Learn is only an hour, held from 12 to 1pm, we are able to discuss the topics in detail. We encourage individuals to bring their questions even if they do not pertain to the topic. We have found this provides a more relaxed atmosphere and aids participation from the audience.

Each session is free and open to the public. We ask that attendees bring their lunch, friends and questions.

It is held at the Dale County Extension Office located on South Highway 123 in Ozark, AL. For further information contact the Extension Office at 334-774-2329.

Feral Hog Workshop



The feral hog population has exploded in Dale County and landowners are seeking the best methods to control these nuisance animals.

The Dale County Extension Office/ACES recently teamed with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Alabama Treasure Forest Association to conduct a workshop on feral hog management. Each year they cost landowners millions of dollars in damage to their properties.

During the workshop, Jordan Graves, REA with the ACES and Jaworski with ADCNR discussed feral management, biology and control. Chris Hughes with Dale County Treasure Forest Associated assisted Jordan Graves with a trapping demonstration.

For more information on feral hogs, visit the Alabama Wildlife Damage Management site.

January 04, 2015 Disaster



On January 04, 2015, Dale County had two confirmed EF0 tornadoes that caused minor to severe damage on buildings and other personal properties in the southern part of Dale County. The Dale County High School Baseball fields were hit by one of these.

The Dale County Extension Office is a ready partner with Dale County Emergency Agency. We receive all weather and storm briefings as well as storm damage reports.




The Dale County 4-H S.A.F.E. program uses the skills and disciplines of safe shooting to teach principles of responsible firearm ownership. Youth learn the value of working with others in a disciplined environment.

While participating in the 4-H archery program, youth are required to follow a clear and concise set of rules which enable us as 4-H leaders to provide a safe and controlled environment for all youth ages 9-18.

Archery serves as a great outdoor sport that is interactive beyond the modern draw toward technology.

Annual Report 2014


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System operates as the primary outreach organization for land-grant function of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University. The System identifies educational needs, audiences, and optimal educational programs that are delivered by county, state, and federal governments. The organization unifies the land-grant efforts to provide educational opportunities that help people individually and collectively to make sound decisions about their lives, businesses, and communities and to develop economically, socially, and culturally…continue reading