Upcoming Events

Cattle Marketing Workshop Upcoming

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There will be a Cattle Marketing workshop held in North Alabama the first week of October.  The workshop will be looking at the current status of the industry, cattle and feed outlooks and marketing options.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact the Etowah County Extension Office at 256.547.7936 or Landon Marks, Regional Extension Agent for Animal Science and Forages at 256.706.0032.

Farm Service Agency Deadlines Upcoming

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As you begin to think about options for fall and winter grazing.. please remember:

To be eligible for FSA program benefits the following deadline must be met by all interested producers.

  • Final Plant Date- Barley, millet, oats, rye, triticale and wheat and annual rye grass must be planted by November 30, 2017 for winter grazing.
  • Certification Deadline-
    • May 1, 2018 for barley and triticale
    • January 15, 2018 for millet, oats, rye, wheat and annual rye grass
    • November 15, 2017 for full season summer grass such as Fescue and Bermuda, etc.
  • NAP Grazing Insurance-
    • February 15, 2018 to purchase insurance full season summer grass
  • CRP Grassland  
    • Will be ranked in November annually

If producers have questions they can call or come into their local FSA office.


Northeast Alabama 4-H Chick Chain Show and Auction to be Held

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Come out and support Etowah County 4-H members as they exhibit and sell a portion of their 4-H Poultry Project.  This year’s 4-H Chick Chain Show and Auction will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the VFW Fairgrounds in Fort Payne, AL.  Show starts at 11 a.m., Awards begins at 2 p.m. and the auction will be immediately following.  Please call the Extension Office at 256.547.7936 with questions and for a list of breeds to be offered.

Produce Alliance Safety Training

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Frank J. Green Building
415 Fifth Avenue East,
Suite A
Oneonta, AL 35121
November 7, 2017
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lunch provided


Who Should Attend
Fruit and vegetable growers and
others interested in learning about
produce safety, the Food Safety
Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce
Safety Rule. The PSA Grower Training
course satisfies the FSMA Produce
Safety Rule requirement.
What to Expect
The trainers will spend approximately
seven hours of instruction
time covering content contained in
these seven modules
 Intro to Produce Safety
 Worker Health, Hygiene & Training
 Soil Amendments
 Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, &
Land Use
 Agricultural Water (Part 1 Production
Water, Part 2 Postharvest Water)
 Post Harvest Handling & Sanitation
 How to develop a farm food safety plan

Etowah County 4-H 2017 Annual Calendar Released

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County 4-H parents:  Please be on the look out for this year’s annual 4-H calendar to be attached to the Etowah County 4-H Parents packet that will be sent to you through your 4-H Online profile.  If you have not re enrolled your family for this year’s program, please do so by October 1st.  It is very important that the Extension Office has your most up to date enrollment in a timely manner this year.

Please contact the Etowah County Extension office with any questions you may have!

Genes and Cancer Seminar to be held

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Knowing your family’s health history can be important in making health decisions. Some cancers have been found to have a genetic link. Many people have heard of BRCA1 and BRCA2 – genes that are associated with breast cancer — but did you know there are other identified genes for other cancers?

Dr. Nancy Merner of Auburn University and her research team travel all over the state of Alabama to meet and educate individuals and families about cancer risk, specifically regarding breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. Being a geneticist, she teaches about genetic risk factors and the importance of acknowledging your family history.

On September 21st Dr. Merner and her team will be coming to Etowah County. She will speak at the Etowah County Extension Office auditorium from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.  The public is invited to attend. For more information contact Donna Shanklin, Regional Extension Agent Human Nutrition, Diet & Health. She can be reached at 256-737-9386 or 256-200-2997

Right Bite Series Scheduled

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Eating for a Lifetime of Good Health – Right Bite


The Right Bite series is a 6-Session Class that incorporate ways to look at calories and portion sizes while learning about healthier recipe options. While the series has an emphasis on people learning to eat with a diabetes diagnosis – the class is educational for all. The sessions include the following:


  • Sweeteners: Desserts for Special Occasions
  • Portion Control
  • Reading the Nutrition Label
  • Choosing the Right Fat: Controlling Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Carbohydrate and Fiber: Friend or Foe?
  • Seven Ways to Control Your Blood Pressure


There is a specific recipe that will be prepared on-site by the participants. For example, the first session looks at a banana bread recipe and how to make it using an alternative sweetener.


The Series will be at the Etowah County Extension Office Etowah County Annex Building, 3200A West Meighan Boulevard, Gadsden, beginning September 5th from 1 PM until 2:30PM, it continues until October 10th. Call to register (256) 547-7936. Donna Shanklin, Regional Extension Agent – Human Nutrition, Diet & Health will be facilitating the series. She can be reached at 256-200-2997 or via email drs0009@auburn.edu