Professional Log Managers Workshop


Every year the Pickens County Extension Office assists the Pickens County Forestry Planning Committee in putting together a Professional Log Managers Workshop (PLM). This workshop serves as a way for foresters and loggers to receive continuing education hours at a local venue. The workshop usually consists of an indoor teaching session, lunch, and an active outdoor learning experience. The annual PLM Workshop is held every fall.

Make sure to keep a lookout for this year’s upcoming PLM Workshop.

Lunch and Learn- Rain Barrels


Nelson D. Wynn, Regional Extension Agent in the photo is doing a rain barrel workshop for Pickens County residents. Rain barrels are used to collect and store rainwater. Rainwater stored in the barrels can be used for domestic purposes and irrigation. The water is collected from rooftops, greenhouses, pool covers and other relatively clean surfaces. The harvest rainwater is not potable and requires extensive treatment for to be used as tap water. The rain barrel in the photo is a food grade olive barrel.



Pickens County is one of 14 Alabama counties recognized by the Center for Disease Control as having an obesity rate of 40% or higher. To help combat this growing problem, the CDC is partnering with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to address 3 strategies to help our local citizens become healthier. The strategies are to increase nutrition education information, find ways to make fresh fruits and vegetables more available, and to increase the opportunity for physical fitness activities. A community coalition has been established and work on this fabulous program is ongoing.

Pickens County Extension Offers Educational Programs for Farmers


Several programs are offered through the Pickens County Extension office in order to help our farmers have all the information they need to succeed.

A pesticide training will be offered this year on August 19th to assist farmers, ranchers, catfish producers and forest land owners with obtaining a private applicator permit. Stay on the lookout for more information!

Farmers also are able to stop by the Pickens County Extension office and obtain a grower’s permit to sell their produce at local farmers markets. In addition to that, farmers can also come to the office to receive Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) voucher training in order to be able to accept SFMNP vouchers at certified farmers markets.

There will be CAFO and PQA Plus trainings offered this year to assist producers with their certifications.

Farm visits are made to assist producers with questions concerning production practices and pest management.

For more information, contact the Pickens County Extension office.

Emergency Handbook

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BE PROACTIVE. The best way to protect your home and family is by preparing ahead of time with the EMERGENCY HANDBOOK.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness feel free to contact the Pickens County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

The role of emergency management as a service is ever expanding in scope and increasing in its commitment to the citizens of Pickens County. This agency recognizes this commitment and will strive to parallel that service to the citizens of Pickens County to reduce or eliminate a threat to people, to property, and to the environment.

To effectively navigate this commitment, this agency must increase the partnership with our citizens, our local governments and private and public businesses. We must work together as a unit dedicated to preserving a lifetime achieved through the principals and practices of Prevention, Protection, Response, Recovery and Mitigation.

For more information contact Ken Gibson, Pickens County EMA Director at:
P O Box 459
155 Reform ST, RM 100
Carrollton, AL 35447

Agri-Tourism in Alabama

zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, rhubarb, beans in the foreground, people buying and selling under umbrellas in soft focus in the background

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!

Alabama Master Naturalist Program

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The Alabama Master Naturalist program is a new statewide program whose goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world among Alabama’s citizens and visitors. In addition, the AMN program will also develop a statewide corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Learn more about how you can participate today!