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.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Do you enjoy gardening?
If so, then bring a sack lunch and enjoy Getting Dirty at the Library!
The Limestone County Extension Office is excited to be partnering with the Athens-Limestone Public Library to offer the Getting Dirty at the Library gardening series. Starting in March and going through July on the 2nd Tuesday of each month we will discuss a different topic.
Click here for the schedule and topics.
The Athens-Limestone Public Library is a great community partner so check out all they have to offer.
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.
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.
- 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
Limestone County Beekeepers website
..I pledge my health to better living..
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.
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.
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
2016 All Bugs Good and Bad
Help Pollinators Cope with Pesticides
April 1, 2016
2:00 PM EDT
Learn practical tips for preventing pollinator deaths from pesticides by Jack Rowe, Dr. James Tew, Sallie Lee and Dani Carroll from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
The moderators will be Mallory Kelley, Ellen Huckabay and Denise Heubach from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Connection link: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/fireant
Click here for future All Bugs Good and Bad Webinars
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