The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the primary outreach organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University, delivers research-based educational programs that enable people to improve their quality of life and economic well-being. During our annual Grassroots meeting, our stakeholders have the opportunity to influence the coming years plan of work.
Please take a few moments and complete our online GRASSROOTS SURVEY. Your involvement in the grassroots process is very important and will help Limestone County Extension better serve our stakeholders. As always, the community can rely on Extension to deliver researched based educational opportunities in a multitude of different program areas.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the new Farm and Agribusiness Extension Team, click here.
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.
- 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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Come support the Alabama 4-H Program and healthy living by participating in the first ever 4-H Mud Run. Part of the 4-H pledge states “I pledge my health to better living”, what better way to commit to healthy living than by getting muddy, having fun and exercising! All proceeds from this event will directly support 4-H programming throughout the state. Click here for the 4-H events page.
The 4-H Mud Run will be a 5-K (3.1 miles) obstacle course race at the Stony Lonesome OHV Park located in Cullman, AL. There will even be a 1 mile fun run and mud pit for the younger participants. Stony Lonesome is the first public OHV park of its kind in the state. Open year-round, the 1456+ acre park features trails for ATVs, rock crawlers, dirt bikes, mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, pedestrians, and much more. To REGISTER for the event, click here. Please contact the Limestone County Extension Office for more information.
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).
Mission: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
Limestone County although one of the smallest geographically is also one of the fastest growing counties in the state. Limestone County is centrally located in North Alabama with Interstate 65 and US Highway 72 both intersecting the county as well as having the Tennessee River as its southern border. Strong leadership, well educated workforce, strategic location and a quality of life second to none make Limestone County very attractive for business and industry. In January of 2015, Minnesota-based Polaris announced they will build a plant in Limestone County, bringing at least 1,700 jobs to the Tennessee Valley. Polaris is just one of many large companies/manufacturing facilities that call Limestone County home. In addition to large industry, Limestone County is also home to many successful small businesses that contribute to the local economy.
Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.
U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.
Find your Agri-Tourism destination today!