F.A.R.M. Outlook 2017

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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 County Competitions

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4-H Competitive Events Descriptions

All enrolled Fayette County 4-H members are encouraged to participate in county competitive events. Projects will be picked up from the students respective schools on April 25th by 8:00 Am or dropped off at the Fayette County Extension Office by 10:00 AM. All active competitions such as Chef 4-H & Baked Foods, Speaking Contests, and Freestyle Demonstration will take place at the Fayette County Extension Office on Friday, April 28th from 8-12 AM.

For more Information and rules check our web site at:


THE $15 CHALLENGE- Individual

Do you enjoy shopping? Do you look for great buys? You take $15 dollars and buy an outfit that covers the whole body. This could be a top and bottom or a one piece like a dress. Receipts are required, but can be handwritten from a garage sale. Accessories and shoes are not part of the $15. Be prepared to model your outfit for judges.

ALABAMA QUILTERS – Individual or Team of 2

Quilting is a great traditional art form, but it is also very popular and current.  Please see the web site because Jr. and Sr. competitions have different requirements.

BAKED FOODS – Individuals- Jr. ONLY

Show off your baking skills by baking a cake, from scratch. Use a theme and decorate an area 24″ x 24″. Bring a copy of your recipe along with plates and forks for tasting. You will be judged on taste, overall appearance, and following the recipe. Example of themes: chocolate cake surrounded by Hershey bars, apple cake with slices apples, Alabama, Auburn, Easter, Christmas, Hunting, the list goes on and on. – This competition is for Junior 4-H’ers only.

BLOCKS ROCKS – Individual or Team of 2

Do you like to make things with Lego blocks or other building blocks? It’s a great way to learn about construction, engineering and architecture. Be creative with the blocks. Size: No larger than 18″ x 18″ x 18″

CHEF 4-H – Individual

Do you like to cook? Have you ever imagined that you were a famous chef? You stand in front of an audience of millions, using your knowledge and creativity to prepare wonderful and amazing dishes. Chef 4-H is your chance to do that – – at least on an introductory level! Your primary ingredient must be a grain, a vegetable, a fruit, milk or a meat. You will prepare the dish before the judges, discuss it and offer it for tasting. Supply a finished dish if it will take more than 10 minutes to prepare. Bring copies of your recipe, along with plates and forks for tasting. Jr and Intermediate time limit for presentation is 5-10 minutes. Seniors Levels I and II time limit for presentation is 8-10 minutes.


Are you a creative spirit? If you are this is the contest for you. Have fun creating anything you like by using any material you like such as-paint, yarn, beads, ceramic, wire, clay, pencil, canvas, wood, glass, metal, scrap paper and more. Be creative and make art an expression of your personality. – This competition is for Junior 4-H’ers only.

EXTREME BIRDHOUSE – Individual or Team of 2

Your challenge is to construct the absolute coolest birdhouse possible. It does not have to be a real birdhouse. It can be made with any material. There is no right or wrong way to design this project. The focus is all about the art and architecture. It must be an original design, NO KITS. Size: No larger than 18″ x 18″ x 18″

FREESTYLE DEMONSTRATION – Individual or Team of 2

Do you know how to do something really well? How about writing text messages—fast? Yoga or Pilates? Leather work? Grooming your pet? Cup stacking? Showing your sense of style? Freestyle demonstration allows you to show off your skills, talents and hobbies. You can sing, dance, draw, paint, anything you enjoy doing. This is about teaching us how you do it. Demonstration is limited to 5-10 minutes. Set-up time is no more than 5 minutes, which is not included in demonstration time.


What do “bling bling”, a barbeque cookbook, a potato cannon, a hunter’s tree stand and a knitted afghan all have in common? They are examples of thing you can create as your Freestyle 4-H Showcase entry. No entries are alike, because no two 4-H’ers are alike. You think differently, have different interests, and want to achieve different things.

HAVE I GOT A STORY – Individual or Team of 2

Storytelling is one of the oldest traditions. It is a way to pass on history and to help us understand our world.  Just as importantly, storytelling fulfills our need to entertain and to be entertained. Demonstrate your ability to speak before an audience and share your thoughts and feelings while entertaining others. No notes allowed. Speech times for Jr. individual entries are 2-4 minutes and 4-6 minutes for team entries. Senior speeches should be 8-10 minutes for individual entries and 10-12 minutes for teams.


How can you help your friends be healthier, smarter, and live better lives? How about building your own Healthy Living Exhibit? Your knowledge of nutrition, fitness, and health can make a real difference! Exhibits must fit on a table 3 feet long and 3 feet deep. Your exhibit may not be taller than 36 inches.

INTERIOR DESIGN- Individual or Team of 2

Wherever you live- country or city; a house, apartment, or mobile home; there are things to learn and do to make your home more enjoyable. Interior Design is a great way to learn about design, color, texture, and space. It will help you make your personal space a fun and comfortable place to be, and a space that you are proud to show off. Design a room of your choice- examples might be a bedroom, office, den, or bathroom. Use your imagination and be creative! You have a $7,000.00 budget. See our website for more details on this fun project.

PHOTOGRAPHY – Individual

Photography is a great hobby. It helps you express yourself because it is an art form. There are two separate events. Photos must be made in the current 4-H year.


Please read guidelines. Your display may be disqualified for not following guidelines.

Photos can be in color, black and white or sepia. Prints must be 5×7 or larger, but no larger than 18″ x 18″. Photos must be mounted flat on a plain white or black poster board or foam board. Your name, age and school must be on the back of the board.


Do you like to change digital pictures using your computer? Altering photos can be a lot of fun! You can turn a sunflower into the sun or your little sister can catch a bass the size of an SUV. Rules are the same as “THE WORLD I SEE”.


Would you like to become a better speaker? Do you enjoy speaking in front of a group? This is the contest for you. There are two categories in this contest.


Your speech topic will be geared toward persuading your audience to see your point of view.


This speech is about the facts. How did baseball begin? Do you know someone with autism? What is it? Give us the facts.

Speech times for the Jr. Competition is 3-5 minutes and Sr. competition is 5-8 minutes

WHAT WOOD YOU BUILD? – Individual or Team of 2

Projects for Juniors and Seniors vary from year to year. For information on the project for the current year, please contact the County Extension Office or talk with your 4-H Foundation Agent or Agent Assistant.

* If you are interested in any of these competitions please go to the website http://www.aces.edu/4-H-youth/AL4-H/resources/other/competitive/index.php for a complete description of all the events.  For more information, please call 205-932-8941 or email CLL0031@aces.edu or wam0015@aces.edu.

Fayette County 4-H Summer Camp

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When:  June 12-14, 2017 (Monday – Wednesday)

Where:  Alabama 4-H Center, Columbiana, Alabama

4-H Summer Camp is for youth ages 9-14. Campers must be at least 9 on or before January 1st 2017 and a member of Fayette County 4-H.

Cost:  $131.00 Total (Includes lodging, meals, activities, transportation and a camp t-shirt)

How Do I Register: You must come in to the Fayette County Extension Office at 650 McConnell Loop in Fayette and pay a $56 non-refundable deposit between the hours of 8-11:30 am or 1-4 p.m.  Registration opens February 13th and will close February 17th at 4 pm, or when the last spot is filled. Late registrations will not be accepted.

For more information, please contact the Fayette County Extension Office at (205) 932-8941.  Space is limited to the first 22 campers from Fayette County 4-H membership so be sure to register early!