F.A.R.M. Outlook 2017

cropsF.A.R.M. Outlook 2017

Farm and Agribusiness Resource Management

Alabama Extension

Auburn University College of Agriculture

Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station

A look at Alabama’s Agricultural Market for the coming year

Belle Mina -January 10

*Tennessee Valley Research Center

Marion Junction- January 24

*Black Belt Research Center

Crossville-January 11

*Sand Mountain Research Center

Fairhope-January 25

*Gulf Coast Research Center

Shorter-January 19

*EVS Research Center

Headland-January 30

*Wiregrass Research Center

Shelby County- January 20

*Shelby Co. Extension Office

Please join Alabama Extension, College of Agriculture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station at one of the upcoming seminars for 2017 Alabama Agriculture Outlook. This is a great opportunity for producers and agribusinesses to learn more about the new Farm and Agribusiness Extension Team and be updated on the current situation in Alabama agriculture and expectations for 2017.

Registration will begin at 8 AM at each location with a light breakfast provided. Presentations will conclude at 10:30 AM.

For more information or to RSVP, email: farmoutlook@aces.edu


Fayette County 4-H Chick Project

Chick in grass

What is it?  By participating you will purchase 10 pullets (female chicks) and raise them following bio security best practices. 4-H participants will keep records, participate in a home visit and have the opportunity to bring a hen to the Poultry Exhibition at the Fayette County Fair in October 2017.

The 4-H Chick Project teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and raising chickens. Participation will help you do the following develop poultry management skills, learn to produce healthy chickens, develop awareness of business management,  develop record-keeping skills (income and expenses), contribute to your home food supply, realize the pride of accomplishment.

Signing Up:

When: February 20-23, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (closed for lunch from 12-12:30)

Where: Fayette County Extension Office (650 McConnell Loop)

Cost: $35 Non-Refundable

Space is limited to the first 15 paid participants.

Contact: Carla Lewis (4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent) at 205-932-8941 or 205-712-7449 for more information.

DROUGHT MEETING – Monday, December 12, 2016 6:00 p.m.


Topics presented during the drought meeting will cover cattle feeding programs, program assistance available, hay and forage inventory, agronomic impacts, post drought planning, herd inventory recommendations and meteorological outlook.  Brian Peters, a television meteorologist at ABC3340 in Birmingham and a retired NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist will be one of the main speakers. He handles the weekend Weather Xtreme Videos and forecast discussion and is the Webmaster for the popular WeatherBrains podcast.

For more information or to register for the program, please call (205) 932-8941.

Location: Fayette Co. Extension Office

Fayette County 4-H Summer Cooking Day Camps

kids cooking

Tuesday, June 28th

“Let’s Do Breakfast”

Have fun while creating a variety of breakfast foods!
Space is limited to the first 15 to register
Register by June 22nd

Thursday, July 7th

“All About Dairy”

Learn about where dairy products come from, and get hands-on experience
creating a meal and snacks with an essential part of good nutrition, milk!
9 AM- 2 PM
Space is limited to the first 15 to register
Register by July 1st

Tuesday, July 12th

“From Garden to Plate”

From digging to canning, this day camp will give you the opportunity
to plant, pickle, preserve and taste your own food.
9 AM- 2 PM
Space is limited to the first 15 to register
Register by July 7th 


**To register for any of the above day camps, contact the Fayette County Extension Office at 205-932-8941. Special thanks to the Fayette Community Foundation for the grant funding that allows these camps to be offered at no charge.**

Fayette County 4-H Lamb Club

boy with lambFayette County 4-H Lamb Club Pick-Up

Lamb Club Members!! Don’t forget to pick up your lambs at the Fayette County Extension Office on Thursday, May 19th between the hours of 4 and 6 pm. If you have questions please call Ronni Rena Brasher, Ron Crumbley at (205) 522-7040 or Bradley Cox at (334) 531-2460.

Fayette County Livestock Judging Clinic

In order to promote more involvement with livestock exhibition and evaluation, the Alabama Farmers Federation and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System are partnering to host a livestock judging clinic on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Fayette County Multipurpose Complex located at 650 McConnell Loop in Fayette, Alabama. The clinic will begin at 10:00 AM on May 7th.

Students will be given the opportunity to sort through a class of each of the following species: stock-type horses, beef steers, beef heifers, market lambs, and market hogs. Students will be expected to give a set of reasons on one of the classes and will be notified which class they will have to give reasons on. Students will be provided with some outstanding materials and judging manuals before they leave the clinic. Participants will be expected to provide their own notebook and writing utensils.

We will provide a free lunch for the students and there is no fee for students to attend this conference. Advance registration is required no later than May 1. Please see the registration form below. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Josh Melson at (334)207-1072, Brad Cox at (334)531-2460 or Ronni Rena Brasher at (205) 442-1097.

Livestock Judging Registration
Livestock Judging Registration

2015 4-H FLMP Chick Chain Show and Auction

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, there was a new show in Fayette!  Fayette, Lamar, Marion and Pickens Counties started a program in February called Chick Chain.   The 4-H Chick Chain project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising chickens.  Each youth participating paid $30-$35 (dependent on the breeds they chose) and in May received 13 chicks that were 1-2 days old and were all pullets (females). They received 3 breeds of chickens that were selected from a pre-designated breed group of 4 different breeds. The chicks came from a reputable hatchery and were all properly vaccinated. The participants took care of these pullets for approximately 21 weeks and kept a detailed record book related to their project.  Each participant was trained on bio-security measures and a home visit was conducted by either Ronni Rena Brasher, 4-H Foundation REA for Fayette/Marion Counties or Carla Lewis, 4-H Foundation REA for Lamar/Pickens Counties.  On October 24, the youth brought their 3 best pullets (of one breed) to the 4-H Chick-Chain Show and Sale. For those who brought their pullets to the show and sale, they will receive their deposit money back and ribbons for Showmanship and Breed Classes. If they successfully raised all pullets, they have some left that belong to them for egg production or meat harvesting.

Judges for the Showmanship and Breed Class were Mississippi State University Students Twain Womack, Senior in Poultry Production Systems; Marcus Hill, Senior in Poultry Science; and Dana Dittoe, Senior in Poultry Science.  The 4-H Chick Chain Youth Participants; parents; spectators; bidders; program sponsors; MSU Judges Twain Womack, Marcus Hill, Dana Dittoe; Auctioneer Rusty Jones; Alabama Cooperative Extension Director, Dr. Gary Lemme; Fayette County CEC, Warren Griffith; Marion County CEC, Lisa Murphy; Pickens County CEC, Patti Presley-Fuller; ACES Animal Science REA, Alex Tigue; 4-H Foundation REA’s Ronni Rena Brasher, Carla Lewis, Rebecca Danley; and Fayette County Administrative Associate, Sherry Kelley; worked hard to make our first Chick Chain Show and Auction a huge success.   A special thanks goes to Rebecca Danley, Marion County 4-H Foundation REA who was hired in August for the great pictures.

FLMP Showmanship Winners were:

Junior Class 1             chick chain 2015 658
1st Place          Connor Duren           Pickens County
2nd Place         Addison Hanratty      Lamar County
3rd Place         Alaina Jones               Pickens County
3rd Place         Mason Wright            Pickens County

Junior Class 2chick chain 2015 666
1st Place          Briley Newman          Pickens County
2nd Place         Jeremy Smith             Fayette County
3rd Place         Kinsley Shirley           Pickens County

Intermediatechick chain 2015 672
1st Place          Abigail Crosby           Lamar County
2nd Place         Preston Gregory       Pickens County

Seniorchick chain 2015 681
1st Place          Jordan Byars             Marion County
2nd Place         Tyler Knight               Fayette County
3rd Place         Lyndi Shaw                Fayette County

Top Fundraiser Award

Reese Hennicke         Marion  County

FLMP Breed Class Winners were:

Ameraucanachick chain 2015 686
1st Place          Preston Gregory       Pickens County
2nd Place         Erika Wolfe                Lamar County

Buff Orpingtonchick chain 2015 695
1st Place          Briley Newman          Pickens County
2nd Place         T. J. Smith                   Fayette County
3rd Place         Kinsley Shirley           Pickens County

Black Astralorpchick chain 2015 700
1st Place          Alaina Jones               Pickens County
2nd Place         Bradley Holifield       Fayette County
3rd Place         Trevor Byrd              Marion County

Barred Rockchick chain 2015 709
1st Place          Mason Wright            Pickens County
2nd Place         Connor Duren           Pickens County
3rd Place         Ty Junkin                    Pickens County

Grand Champion Pen
Briley Newman          Buff Orpington          Pickens County

Reserve Champion Pen
Alaina Jones               Black Australorp       Pickens County

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