Upcoming Events

4-H STEM Clubs

Explore the world of robotics, computers, rockets, and Maker with 4-H!

Robotics Club 

Join us as we learn more about computers and engineering while building and programming Lego Robot kits. Members also work on projects they can use in 4-H and UNA  robotics competitions. The Robotics Club meets at the Extension Office in the Franklin County Courthouse.

 Club meetings: 4:30p – 6:30p  at the Franklin County Extension Office (Courthouse basement)            

January 16 and 30, February 20, March 6, April 17

February 24 – Robotics Challenge at UNA

March 8 – Regional 4-H STEM Showcase event


GigaKids Club 

Learn computer programming through both “unplugged” activities and online programming with lessons from CS First and using MIT’s Scratch software.  4-H’ers will showcase projects at a STEM Showcase in Russellville in March. This is a regional club, and is open to youth ages 9-18 in Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale Counties.

December 4 – Hour of Code challenge

Club meetings: 4:30p – 6:30p at the Colbert County Extension Office (Courthouse basement)

January 23, February 20, March, 20, April 17

March 8 – Regional 4-H STEM Showcase event


Maker Projects

Look for more information coming about a 4-H Maker Club! We’ll give you the materials and the challenge, and you figure out how to make it happen. It will be great fun – and learning! – for all of our budding engineers and artists.



Drought Meeting for Farmers at Posey Farms- Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Drought meeting  11/15/16 at Posey Farms; 1020 County Road 274; Town Creek, AL  35672  6:00 p.m. (light snacks will be served)

Topics: “Cattle Feeding program”; “Program Assistance Available”; “Hay and Forage Inventory”; “Agronomic Impacts”; “Post Drought Planning”; “Herd Inventory Recommendations”; “Weather Outlook”

Directions From Russellville: From intersection of 43 and 72 in Tuscumbia, travel East on Highway 72/AL20 to Town Creek, approximately 14 miles.  Turn right onto County Road 274 (gravel road, looks like a driveway).  Posey Farm is about 4/10 of a mile.

4-H Pig Squeal Registration


What is Pig Squeal?  The Pig Squeal project is designed to teach 4-H members management practices for growing and raising swine. It will help develop swine management skills, learn to produce healthy hogs, develop business management and record keeping skills and pride of accomplishment.

To participate:

Must be enrolled in 4-H (age 9-19 as of January 1, 2016)

Will receive 2 feeder pigs (barrows), 60 days old   Care for pigs approximately 120                            Mandatory home visits

Mandatory meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Lauderdale County Extension Office; 802 Veterans Drive; Florence, Alabama

Registration form (must be signed by parent and participant)                                                                            $150 fee (check or money order made out to ACES (non-refundable)

Due at the Franklin County Extension office by Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Up-To-Date Research Information


Up-to-date research information in areas of livestock, poultry, forages, pesticides, small animals is offered through educational programs by regional agents and publications. Promotion of area gardens through county and city farmer markets.

For more information on these and other related topics, contact information or to view our upcoming events calendar, visit the Franklin County Extension office’s Agriculture page.



The Franklin County 4-H program’s goal is to prepare youth with hands-on-activities that will be crucial in development with a focus on leadership, citizenship, community service, science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and life skills.


Strong Families


Strong families are the building blocks of a strong community. Strengthening family relationships and tackling family health issues are the catalyst to jump start that building block. Extension in this category offers programs on parenting, money management, radon, food safety, Servsafe certification and nutrition classes through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Nutrition Education Program (NEP).

For more information on these and other related topics, contact information or to view our upcoming events calendar, visit the Franklin County Extension office’s Family and Health page.