Upcoming Events



2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar series

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First Friday of the Month 1:00 pm

Join us for the 2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar series

Please join us for this webinar series for information you can use about good and bad insects.  We used your feedback to bring topics that you suggested.  We will discuss troublesome insects such as invasive ants, landscape pests, vegetable pests, and house dwellers as well as arachnids too.  Not all insects are bad, though, come and meet some of our native pollinators!

This year, topics will include:

  • Don’t Let Tramp Ants Take Over Your Home, February 3.
  • Protect Your Veggie Harvest From Hungry Insects, March 3.
  • Mosquitoes and Insect Borne Diseases, April 7.
  • Ticks, May 5.
  • Aphids, Scales and Whiteflies, June 2. 
  • Drain Flies, House Flies, and Fungus Gnats, August 4.
  • Meet Our Native Pollinators, September 1.
  • New Invasive Ants to Know About, October 6.
  • Pantry Pests, Carpet Beetles, and Clothes Moths, November 3.
  • Don’t Let Bed Bugs Hamper Your Vacation Plans, December 1.

Each webinar is recorded and archived so you may watch at your convenience.  Recorded webinars can be found below.

The 2017 Webinars are brought to you by the Ant Pests and Urban IPM eXtension Communities of Practice; and by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the University of Georgia Extension, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Clemson Cooperative Extension.  Series Coordinators: Dani Carroll and Kathy Flanders, Auburn University.  Marketing: Amanda Tedrow, University of Georgia Extension.  Webinar Text Chat Moderators: Tim Davis, University of Georgia Extension, and Vicky Bertagnolli-Heller, Clemson Cooperative Extension.

 

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F.A.R.M Outlook 2017 Seminar

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Farm and Agribusiness Resource Management

Outlook 2017 Seminars

This year has been exceptionally dry for Alabama. Conditions in every county range from abnormally dry to exceptional drought. The east and northeast portions of Alabama have been hardest hit by this year’s drought.  Between drought conditions and other uncontrollable factors, nearly every segment of agriculture has been impacted in some way.

Please join Alabama Extension, College of Agriculture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station at one of the upcoming seminars for 2017 Alabama Agriculture Outlook.

These seminars are 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.

To attend one of these seminars please contact farmoutlook@aces.edu

For more information on the new Farm and Agribusiness Extension Team, click here.

 

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Rain Barrel Workshop

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The Drought is not over!

Currently most of North Alabama is experiencing severe drought conditions.  Being able to collect and save rain water is extremely helpful during drought.  Attend this upcoming rain barrel/harvesting workshop to learn how to maximize your rain water collection and use.

When:  February 7, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $50.00 for each completed rain barrel

Location: 1109 W. Market Street, Athens, AL 35611

Space is limited, so please register by January 31st by calling the 256-232-5510.

 

 

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Registration Now Open For Northwest AL 4-H Pig Squeal Program

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What Is the Pig Squeal Project?  

The 4-H Pig Squeal Project teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and raising swine.  Youth receive two barrow hogs and raise them for 100-120 days.  At the end of the 120 days, 4-H’ers will then bring one of their hogs to auction where they compete among 6 counties in two different categories, showmanship and market class.  4-H’ers keep the proceeds from the sale of their hogs.

4-H’ers learn many important life skills through this educational program.

Youth will:

  • Develop swine management skills
  • Learn to produce healthy pigs
  • Develop awareness of business management
  • Develop record-keeping skills (income and expenses)
  • Realize the prize of accomplishment

To register contact the Limestone County Extension Office, registration closes November 18, 2016.

Click here for a Pig Squeal flyer to share with others

For an in-depth look at the 4-H Pig Squeal Project, check out the Pig Squeal Production Manual by clicking on the Pig Squeal image below.

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Sixth Annual North Alabama Beekeepers Symposium

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Bees as well as other pollinators help to produce over $19 billion a year in agricultural crops through pollination.  It is important that we do our part through conservation efforts to help our pollinators thrive.

When:  August 20, 2016, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: Calhoun Community College (Decatur Campus)

Classes and demonstrations will be available to suit the needs of beekeepers at every level of experience in addition to those individuals just wanting to learn more about an amazing group of insects.  

Topics:
  • Honey Bees and Water
  • What Does A Good Colony Look Like?
  • Monitoring Africanized Honey Bee Activity
  • Queen Rearing – Cell Punch Method
  • Location and Setup of Your New Apiary
  • Harvesting Your Honey Crop
  • And much more
For more information related to the symposium, click here.
Click here for a very informative and detailed Backyard Beekeeping Publication 
Limestone County Beekeepers website
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Cottage Food Law Class – Athens

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Are you familiar with the Alabama Cottage Food Law?

As of June 1, 2014, the Alabama Cottage Food Law took effect.  This law regulates the sale of edible products from a person’s home.  The Cottage Food Law allows individuals to sell non-hazardous food products at state sanctioned farmer’s markets.  The law regulates several aspects of selling home made food products including what can and can not be sold, where it can be sold, the total annual sales, labeling and more.

If you are interested in selling your products you will need to be certified.  Come to our Alabama Cottage Food Law class June 6th and learn all you need to about the law to protect yourself and others.

When: June 6, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Limestone County Extension Office, 1109 W. Market Street, Athens, AL 35611

This is certification class, so there is a $25.00 charge. 

For specifics on the class and the Cottage Food Law, contact Christy Mendoza, Regional Extension Agent for Food Safety & Quality.

Please register for the class by calling the Limestone County office at 256-232-5510.

 

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Alabama 4-H Market $teer Program

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Alabama 4-H Market $teer Program

Moooove over Pig Squeal, the 4-H Market $teer project is here!

The 4-H Market $teer Project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising beef.

Your participation in the 4-H Market $teer project will help you:

  • Develop beef management skills
  • Learn to produce a healthy finished beef product
  • Develop an awareness for business management
  • Develop record keeping skills
  • Develop additional life skills

This is a stand-alone beef project; not connected with the previously established Alabama Heifer & Steer project.

Please click the following hyperlink for additional pertinent information related to this project Alabama 4-H Market $teer Program.

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Turf Management Class – Athens

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Does your yard look more like a wildflower pasture than a manicured  lawn?  Come and learn what you can do to improve the look and health of your turfgrass.

Extension Horticulturists will cover many topics related to turfgrass including:

  • Cutting height
  • Weed control
  • Establishment
  • Types of turfgrass
  • Soil testing
  • Fertilization
  • Aerification
  • Irrigation

When: May 26, 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Limestone County Extension Office

Cost: There is a $7.00 charge for the class

To register please contact the Limestone County Extension Office

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Operation Grow: Agricultural opportunities for veterans and their families

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Intel: Veterans returning to the United States from active duty face many challenges, and the U.S. Department of Labor reports that as of May 2010, over 20 percent of young veterans are unemployed. Moreover, recent data shows that 45 percent of armed service members are from rural America, which positions the agricultural industry as a logical solution to fill the economic gap veterans face. (http://www.outreach.usda.gov/veterans.htm).

Operation GrowMission:It is the intent of Operation Grow is to introduce and educate veterans in the various areas of small scale agriculture as well as explore related business and job opportunities. While there are many agricultural sectors, the Nursery and Horticulture Industry alone contributes 2.9 billion dollars, including 44,000 jobs, to Alabama’s economy annually. Additionally, more than 65 percent of Alabama’s farms produce vegetables crops grown on less than 5 acres. The success and popularity of local farmer markets are increasing and offer another avenue for veterans to get involved in agriculture. The Nursery and Horticulture Industry as well as commercial fruit and/or vegetable production are logical, viable, profitable and realistic options for veterans. Operation Grow’s definition of a veteran is any member of the U.S. Armed Forces, current or honorably discharged, including members of the National Guard, Reserves or Coast Guard.

Contact Chris Becker with any questions.

 

For more information related to the classes click here.

To register for Operation Grow click here. Registration