What’s Up – August and September in Lawrence Co

4-H & Youth Programming

Marsha Terry, 4-H Program Assistant, will be going into area schools soon. Also, Horse Club planning the Fall Rodeo.

We are happy to report that Robert Norwood is a new 4-H volunteer. He will be volunteering in the Shooting Sports area.

Did you know a 4-H Club has to meet only 5 times per year to be considered a club? Don’t you have the time to help our Lawrence County youth?

Volunteers have to register online and go through a background check. Visit https://www.4honline.com/ and register. Contact the office or Kenneth Gamble for more information.

Fishing Derby September 15th, Oakville Mounds – in partnership with Oakville Mounds and Lawrence County Schools

AG & Natural Resources

Irrigation research continues at the Posey Farm in Lawrence County. Farmers have been invited to focus group meeting August 31st in Town Creek.

Susan Hill, Regional Food Safety Agent is planning a Canning Class September 6 at 5:00 pm at Town Creek Community Center. Contact the office for more information at 256-974-2464. No fee.

Spenser Bradley, Regional Forestry & Wildlife Agent is having a Lunch & Learn meeting Tuesday September 18th. Contact the office for more information.

Families and Communities

SNAP-ED educator Jennifer Palmer will be going into the classrooms in Hazelwood this fall. Palmer will be out after the end of September on maternity leave.

Elaine Softley is offering a diabetes education program -Right Bite – at Town Creek Library starting September 6, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm and continuing for 4 weeks. Contact the office for more information. No fee.

Home & Grounds

Allyson Shabel, Regional Urban Agent is offering a class August 23 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm on Water Wise Gardening and Rainwater Harvesting.

Taylor Reeder, Regional Agent Home & Grounds is offering a class August 29th on Native Pollinators from 10:00 am to 2:00pm

Both classes are offered in the Conference Room of the Agriculture Center at 13075 Hwy 157, Moulton. The classes are $5 each.

A 4-part series on Environmental Health is a being offered to schools in the area. Allyson Shabel, Regional Urban Agent, offers the class to 4th graders. Contact Allyson for more information.

Beef Excellence

Paul Vining, Mitchell Henry, Adam Daniels, Bill Rutherford, and Donna Shanklin are working together to organize a Beef Excellence Program for youth in Lawrence County.

Plans are to have a meeting in November that will be the first class, with additional classes in the Spring. The series of classes will offer youth hands-on opportunities to learn about handling cattle, providing healthy nutrition to their cattle through feed and forage; and how to manage their cattle’s health through vaccinations and other methods.

Registrations forms will be available soon!

General Update

Planning for the Pizza Farm has begun. The event is tentatively scheduled for November 1st and 2nd.

A USFS forestry education grant was awarded to Lawrence County ACES. If a high school student wants to learn about nature and careers in it –  participating in the program should be on their list of goals for 2018-2019.

Livestock Barn Update

The Moulton Lions Club developed plans for a Livestock Barn. They are accepting bids through August 15th.

We will keep you informed on its development, but are hopeful that it will be completed before the end of 2018 if funding is secured.

 

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