Upcoming Events

Farming Basics Online Course

Pic of a tractor in a blue box, farming in green box, crop in orange box surrounded by corn and the working Farming Basics Alabama Cooperative Extension System

On September 10, Alabama Extension launched a free Farming Basics online course. The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Farm Management and Marketing
  2. Pesticide Safety
  3. Food Safety
  4. Basic Crop Production
  5. Pest Management

There will be video presentations and additional resources to enhance the course content. The course will take about two hours to complete. There is a short quiz at the end of each chapter.  Upon completion participants will receive a certificate. For more information contact the Dallas County Extension office at 334-875-3200, or Katie Nichols at 334-412-7328 or email klw0028@auburn.edu. The course can be found at https://aces.catalog.auburn.edu. See downloadable PDF of Event Flyer Farming Basics Online Course.


Farmers Market Season

Green and yellow vegetables

The Dallas County Farmers’ Market will officially open for its 2018 session beginning on Saturday, June 2. The market will be open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday beginning June 2 – November 3 from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 pm or until the last vendor sells out. The market is located at Bloch Park on Dallas Avenue in Selma. For more information or if you have questions, please contact the market manager at 334-366-4575.

Selma Dallas County Farmer’s Market

white farmers market lettering with a picture of various produce

Dallas County Spring Farmer’s Market Meeting and Training

The Dallas County Farmer’s Market Meeting and Training is scheduled for Monday, March 5, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op., Hwy 80, Selma, AL. This meeting will focus on items that need to be decided before opening the market in 2018.

The training session will cover “Selling at the Farmer’s Market and Pest Management Update on Vegetable Production” and will be presented by James Miles, Regional Extension Agent. Additionally, we will review the steps needed for you to be able to accept and receive reimbursement for the Nutrition Vouchers as well as other resources that can be used at the market.

Please feel free to contact Callie Nelson, County Extension Coordinator, at 429 Lauderdale Street, Selma, AL 36702 or 334-875-3200 with any questions.

Farming 101


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering a course for new and transitioning farmers titled “Farming 101”. Interested participants will receive valuable information on a variety of topics and other resources. The cost of the entire session is $80 or select session(s) of your choice for $10 each. Materials and refreshments are included. Classes are held every other Tuesday at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op in Selma from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Listed below are the dates, topics, and speakers:

2/27- Livestock Management– small scale beef production, sheep & goats, poultry & rabbits- Ken Kelly & Joe Hess

3/13- Farm Management– land value & leasing, taxes, farm financial planning- Ken Kelly, Perry Woodruff, and John Wilburn

3/27- Fruit Productions– strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, citrus, persimmons, figs, pomegranates- James Miles

4/10- Beekeeping– Jack Rowe

4/24- Protected Production– greenhouse, high tunnels, hydroponics- Jeremy Pickens

5/15- Vegetable Production- James Miles

5/29- Certifications, Regulations, Resources, Restrictions– GAP/Produce Safety, pesticide licenses, grower permits, organics- James Miles

6/12- Value Added Products– baked goods/cottage food law, jams/jellies- Janice Hall

To register or for more information please contact the Dallas County Extension Office at 334-875-3200.


On-farm Crop Tests and Demonstrations


Extension Regional Agent conducting “On-farm Crop Tests and Demonstrations” assist producers with variety selection and other management practices; Train producers for private applicator permits and provide producers with information on crop production practices and technology and scout for pests, assist producers with crop problems, and conduct other row crop programs as requested.