Upcoming Events

Alabama Cottage Food Law: Food Safety Training Course

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Would you like to supplement your income by baking and selling baked goods and other food treats?

The Alabama Cottage Food Law training is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op, 2519 US Hwy 80 W, Selma, Alabama. There is no cost to attend the course, but there is a $25 fee for the certification which is good for 5 years. To register and pay contact the Dallas County Extension Office, located at 429 Lauderdale Street, Selma or you can register and pay online at www.aces.edu/foodsafety. For more information contact the office at 334-875-3200.

Food Entrepreneur Conference

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Local Food Entrepreneur Conference

Aspiring entrepreneurs, small farmers, and business owners are invited to attend the sixth installment of the Food Entrepreneur Conference on March 21-22, 2018. The conference will be held at the Center for Advanced Science, Innovation, and Commerce (CASIC) building in the Auburn Research Park.

Keynote speakers include:

Stacy Brown, founder of Chicken Salad Chick

Robert Armstrong, owner of G Momma’s “Southern-style bite size cookies”

Jimmy Wright of Wright’s Market

Ellie Taylor of the Alabama Grocer’s Association.

Experts from Auburn University, Alabama Department of Public Health, and Alabama Cooperative Extension System, (ACES) will cover topics such as selling to a big box store, labeling and testing regulations, food safety, finances, and marketing.

Cost to attend is $150 before March 14th and $200 afterwards. For more information, agenda, and registration contact Regina Crapps at 334-844-7456. The Food Entrepreneur Conference Facebook page provides the most recent details as well.


Community Conversations and Study Circles


Dallas County Extension Coordinator, Callie Nelson, conducts work in the area of Community Development such as Community Conversations and Study Circles where we help communities learn about and explore solutions to real life problems. These have included Poverty, Youth Violence and Racism.

Other program efforts include Leadership Curriculum develop and implementation, Farm-City Week, Visioning and Strategic planning programs with Non-Profits Organizations.

Agri-Tourism in Alabama

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Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.

U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.

Find your Agri-Tourism destination today!