Upcoming Events

2017 4-H Chick Chain Project

The Chick Chain project registration is now open for 2017!

Click here for a registration form: 2017 Registration Form_dhs01302017. Registration form with deposit due by March 24th.

What is the 4-H Chick Chain? The 4-H Chick Chain project encourages youth to produce healthy chickens….and along the way, they learn about business management, develop record keeping skills (income and expenses), contribute to their family’s home food supply and realize the pride of accomplishment!

How does the 4-H Chick Chain work? A $50 deposit is required to register for the project. Each registered youth will receive 10, day-old pullet (female) chicks from two of the breeds mentioned below. They will raise their birds for 20 weeks and bring two of the birds (of the same breed) back to the show and auction on October 7th. The $50 deposit will be returned back to the youth as long as he/she participates in the show and auction.

This year, the bird breed selection will include Welsummers, Barred Rocks and Easter Eggers.

What makes the 4-H Chick Chain project so special? The birds are hatched from NPIP certified stock, clean from Pullorum-Typhoid and Avian Influenza, and also vaccinated against Marek’s disease. But the real reason it’s so special is that the 4-H’ers learn a lot of life skills by raising birds with hands-on care….following structured guidelines for protein (diet), health and housing.

Contact Doug Summerford, 4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent for more information at 334-750-1573 or dhs0006@aces.edu.



2017 Henry County 4-H Competitive Events

Get Ready!

Henry County 4-H contests begin February 2017. Click on the individual links in the chart below to find details for each event. Click here to find out dates, times and locations for events and how to REGISTER ==> 2017 Henry County 4-H Competitive Events_updated.

4-H Lawn Tractor Contest

2/16/2017 2/10/2017 $15 Challenge
3/9/2017 2/27/2017 Photography (World I See, only)
3/9/2017 2/27/2017 Woodworking (What Wood U Build)   For Juniors and Intermediates     For Seniors
3/9/2017 2/27/2017 eXtreme Birdhouse
3/29/2017 2/27/2017 Bicycle Rodeo (lunch provided) – Henry Co Schools Spring Break
3/29/2017 2/27/2017 Compact Tractor (lunch provided) – Henry Co Schools Spring Break
4/13/2017 3/27/2017 Freestyle Demo
4/13/2017 3/27/2017 Public Speaking (Speak Up Alabama – Informative and Persuasive)
5/11/2017 4/24/2017 Freestyle Showcase
5/11/2017 4/24/2017 Blocks Rock
5/11/2017 4/24/2017 Jr. Achievement Interview    Instructions     Registration

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

What is RCPP?
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a 2014 Farm Bill Program administered through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that harnesses partnership and innovation. The Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District is leading a national RCPP project in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin with over 30 partners across Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. The goal of the project is to enhance water conservation and water quality in the ACF basin through the implementation of USDA-NRCS conservation practices. Partners have committed resources toward complementary conservation efforts in the ACF Basin over the next five years, with significant contributions to leverage Federal funds from USDA-NRCS. USDA-NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to producers and landowners in the ACF Basin through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP*).

Natural Resources Concerns
The primary natural resource concerns to be addressed through this project are water quality and water quantity. By working together, the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA-NRCS, and tri-state partner entities will build an active conservation partnership to further the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources at a watershed scale.

The chief objectives of this project are to assist regional producers and landowners in the implementation of conservation practices, to enhance existing partnerships in the region, and to coordinate innovative conservation delivery methods through outreach and education.

How and When to Apply
The dates for the 2015 RCPP signup vary by state.
* Alabama: August 27 – October 16
* Florida: TBD
* Georgia: October 1 – October 16
Apply by visiting your local USDA-NRCS Service Center. For additional assistance, please contact the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District at info@flintriverswcd.org or (229) 351-4728

A participant must receive eligibility determination by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to participate in the program. The participant’s desired conservation site in the application must be located within the boundaries of the ACF River Basin.

A subset of EQIP* practices that enhance water conservation and water quality will be offered through this RCPP.


2015 Henry County Pod Blast Schedule


Peanut harvest season is just around the corner and now is the time to check your peanuts to determine optimum maturity date. Digging your peanuts at the right time is and will be the most important decision you will make this season. This one management tool can make you 300-500 pounds more peanuts and 3-5 points on your grade putting more money on your bottom line this fall.

All Pod Blast times are between 8 am until 12 noon at Headland WREC.

September 8 (Tuesday)
September 11 (Friday)
September 15 (Tuesday)
September 18 (Friday)
September 22 (Tuesday)
September 25 (Friday)
September 29 (Tuesday)

October 2 (Friday)
October 6 (Tuesday)
October 9 (Friday)
October 13 (Tuesday)
October 16 (Friday)
October 20 (Tuesday)
October 23 (Friday)
October 27 (Tuesday)
October 30 (Friday)

All other times are by appointment only by calling the Henry County Extension Office at 585-6416 or James D. Jones at 726-1804.