Upcoming Events



4-H is reaching youth in all parts of Elmore County

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4-H is reaching youth in all parts of Elmore County with relevant, fun programs.
From Chick Chain, to outdoor adventures, to STEM activities, 4-H is for everyone!
Elmore County 4-H Archery is getting ready for Buck Masters Invitational in August.
Chick Chain participants received their chicks on May 29. After raising them with
safety and bio security in mind, they will bring back their two best for the Chick
Chain show and Auction on September 19, 2015.

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Everyone with Diabetes Counts Initiative – FREE Classes

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Under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), atom Alliance will be offering free diabetes education classes in Alabama. You can receive eight hours of diabetes self-management training in your community. These classes are designed to:

  • Educate on how to best control blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels;
  • Empower you to establish relationships with your primary care provider;
  • Encourage better nutrition and regular exercise;
  • Encourage lifestyle changes that lead to the reduction in the number of diabetes complications ( heart disease, blindness, nerve damage, etc.) and limb amputations; and
  • Express the importance of developing support networks of family, friends, and existing community-based social services.

These six (6) classes present information in simple medical terms and concepts using props and pictures in a way that is conducive to better understanding and make learning fun. The classes are 60- 90 minutes long.

If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, we invite you to contact us for more information; or if you are an organization that wishes to become a community partner and provide a location for diabetes education.

For more information, please contact Regional Extension Agent Helen H Jones at (334) 201-6775 or herndhj@aces.edu

Commercial Horticulture

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Commercial Horticulture refers to producing horticulture products and marketing them for a profit as part of a business. Crops that growers commonly produce are nursery crops, turf, fruits, vegetables, Christmas trees, and cut flowers.

Commercial horticulture can also involve horticulture services such as landscaping or landscape maintenance. Topics and areas of fruit and vegetable production including irrigation, variety selection, variety trials, and pest management. This gain in information can be used to make the farmer money, save the farmer money, and/or provide a quality product for the consumer that is safe to eat.

For more information on Commercial Horticulture, contact Regional Extension Agent, William “Chip” East.

Master Gardeners at the Millbrook Farmers Market

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Elmore’s Central Alabama Master Gardener Association is hosting a horticulture information booth at the Millbrook Farmers Market each Tuesday from 8-12:00 where you can pick up gardening publications or ask gardening questions.

For more information on home horticulture and gardening related topics, or for information on joining the Master Gardeners, please visit the Elmore County Home and Garden page. Or, for information on farmers markets, for both consumers and farmers, please visit the ACES Farmers Market website.

Cogongrass Infestation

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There is a relatively new invasive plant gaining a foothold in Elmore County. Its
name is cogongrass and it is widely considered the worst weed in the world. The
grass is an extremely aggressive invader. It spreads by windblown seed that can
travel over 15 miles and by rhizomes (underground stems similar to roots). The
rhizomes have sharp tips that can kill other plants and release chemicals into the soil that inhibit the growth of other plants. In open settings such as pastures, it can quickly overtake a site rendering it useless for wildlife and livestock. The plant is low in nutrition and has serrated edges that cut the tongues of grazing animals. It is also extremely combustible and promotes wildfire. It burns hotter than other plants and will kill trees including our most fire-resistant tree, longleaf pine. It can turn forests into almost pure stands of cogongrass.

The good news is that herbicide treatments can eradicate it, but early detection is
critical. Small infestations can be controlled fairly easily. However, if left untreated for a long time, the cost of control increases greatly. The best time to spot cogongrass is during its blooming period, March-June, because it blooms earlier than our native grasses and contrasts well with surrounding vegetation. The blooms occur on spikes and the seeds are fluffy like dandelion seeds. The central veins of its leaves are off-center, especially near the base. If you spot an infestation, do not mow or disk in the area as this can aid in dispersing seeds and rhizomes. Contact the Forestry Commission office (334-567-5486) or the County Extension office for aid in identification and control recommendations.

Successful Aging Initiative

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Approximately 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. According to 2012 labor
statistics roughly 76 million baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) will
change the ways in which we view senior citizens and the meaning of the word
“elderly.” By the year 2030, the number of Americans 65 years of age and older will
more than double to 71.5 million or 20% of the population (about 1 in 5) of the
population.

As the life span of the elder generation increases, nearly every aspect of our
society will be affected, including health care, leisure time, family
relationships, housing arrangements, societal connections, and economic
considerations. The top three concerns about aging suggest that respondents
are most concerned with maintaining their independence. Young older adults
(“baby boomers”) are more proactive, diverse, better educated and health conscious; and, express financial concerns about not having enough money to
stay in their homes. As citizens live longer, health, legal and financial issues are often interrelated and will also increase.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New
Nontraditional Programs unit has partnered with the state of Alabama’s
Bureau of Geriatric Psychiatry to deliver educational and training programs
designed to address issues relevant to aging/dementia and associated health,
financial and legal education. These collaborative efforts are called the
Successful Aging Initiative.

SNAP-Ed Program

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Extension agent assistants teach the Urban SNAP-Ed curriculum in groups and
individual sessions. The Urban SNAP-Ed Program uses the Wise Eating
Approaches for a Lifetime of Health curriculum for adults and Power of Choice
curriculum for youth to provide quality education and hands-on food
demonstrations for healthy snacks and recipes.