Last year we offered a Farming 101 course for those of you who were interested in making your hobby farm profitable. Due to its overwhelming success, this year we are offering a more advanced course. Class times, topics to be covered, and presenters are as follows:
Tuesday, March 27th: Plasticulture vegetables and irrigation/fertilization program, Dan Porch, Blount County Extension Coordinator
Thursday, March 29th: Introduction to Sustainable Insect Pest Management Using Trap Crops and Pest Exclusion Tactics, Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Entomologist
Tuesday, April 10th: Advanced forage management for livestock producers, Alex Tigue, Regional Extension Agent
Thursday, April 12th: Intensive pest management using organic insecticide rotations and tank mixes, Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Entomologist
March 27th & 29th
April 10th & 12th
Cost is $25/person for all 4 classes or $10/person, per class. Dinner will be provided. To register, please call the St. Clair County Extension Office at (205) 338-9416. Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 13th. Funding and support provided by Alabama Extension’s St. Clair County Office, ALFA Farmers—St. Clair County, and Alabama Farm Credit.
Assessment, Potential Treatments, And Management Trade-offs
Tuesday, March 6th 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friendship Baptist Church
19436 US Hwy 411
Springville, AL 35146
Registration Fee: $35 (must pre-register to attend by calling the St. Clair County Extension Office at (205) 338-9416
Degraded or low quality hardwood stands are often a result of repeatedly harvesting the largest and best trees and leaving smaller, inferior trees. This workshop will summarize management techniques for managing and regenerating hardwood stands, as well as retaining oak trees and managing upland hardwoods for wildlife. The afternoon portion will include demonstrations at a nearby farm.
Come join us to learn just what it takes to have a bountiful backyard! We will discuss pruning, fertilization, and pest management of some of our favorite berries and tree fruits. You must pre-register to attend by calling the St. Clair County Extension Office at (205) 338-9416.
Monday, March 5th
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Moody City Hall, 670 Park Ave, Moody, AL 35004
Registration Fee: $10.00
For more information, please contact Regional Extension Agent, Bethany O’Rear at (205) 612-9524.
Alabama Extension’s St. Clair County Office featured in Discover St. Clair magazine this month!
If you haven’t seen the latest edition of Discover St. Clair—The Essence of St. Clair County magazine yet, be sure to pick up a copy and read the feature article about our office on pages 8-14. It is also available online at www.discoverstclair.com. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to editor and publisher Carol Pappas, journalist Elaine Hobson Miller, and photographer Mike Callahan, who all made this wonderful article possible. Y’all did a great job putting it all together! Click here to see our story: Discover St Clair Feb 2018 web friendly
We all want to make healthier food choices, but sometimes the information can be hard to understand and there are competing opinions as to what is the healthier food choice.
Attend the Right Bite Cooking Class at the St. Clair County Extension Office and maybe some of those food choice decisions will be easier – once you learn to navigate through the food aisles. The four classes include ideas on:
Reading the Nutrition Label
Choosing the Right Fat: Controlling Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
Carbohydrate and Fiber: Friend or Foe?
Seven Ways to Control Your Blood Pressure
Throughout the four classes, we will incorporate some ways to look at food related information and how to make the best decision for you and your family – based on your health concerns and lifestyle.There will be some food preparation and food tasting.
The dates for the Wednesday classes are: March 7, 14, 21, and 28 – from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Contact the St. Clair County ACES Office at 1815 Cogswell Avenue, Suite 103/B04 or phone: (205) 338-9416 to register. You can also contact Human Sciences Extension Agent Donna Shanklin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-200-2997 for more information. Ms. Shanklin will facilitate the classes.
The St. Clair County Extension Office is a Scale Back Alabama Weigh-In Site once again.The Scale Back Alabama program officially kicks off on January 9th and the St. Clair County Extension office is an official weigh-in site again this year. Participants are welcome to stop by the Extension Office during weigh-in week, January 22nd-28th, anytime during business hours (8 a.m.—12 p.m. & 12:30—4:30 p.m.) for an official weigh-in. Weigh-out week is April 2nd—8th and the final event and cash prize drawings is on April 17th.
To be eligible for team prizes, each team member must lose at least 10 pounds during the 9-week competition, as recorded by a coordinator at an official Scale Back Alabama weigh-in site. Winning teams are determined by a random drawing from all eligible teams. The first 3 teams drawn win $1,000 per team member, or a total of $2,000 for the entire team. The second 3 teams drawn win $500 per team member, or a total of $1,000 for the entire team. The final 3 teams drawn win $250 per team member, or a total of $500 for the entire team.
All individuals who lose at least 10 pounds, as recorded by a coordinator at an official Scale Back Alabama weigh-in site, are eligible for an individual prize, regardless of their team’s achievement. However, individuals that are drawn for a team prize are not eligible to win the individual prizes.
From the pool of eligible participants, 40 individuals drawn win one of 40 achievement prizes of $100 per person.
For more information about the Scale Back Alabama program, please visit the website, www.scalebackalabama.com or contact Lee Ann Clark, County Extension Coordinator, at the St. Clair County Extension Office, at 205-338-9416 or email email@example.com.
The Extension Newsletter is published bi-monthly. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email Lee Ann Clark, County Extension Coordinator, or call our the St. Clair County Extension Office at (205) 338-9416.
Lee Ann Clark, St. Clair County Extension coordinator, says the funding, which was secured through the St. Clair County Commission, has enabled her office to continue providing outreach support to the veteran community.
“For more than a century, Cooperative Extension has been about providing effective, face-to-face outreach to people where they live and work,” Clark says. “And for this reason, we think we are especially well-suited to serve our county’s veterans, especially those in critical need of assistance.”
“The partnership between St. Clair County, the state of Alabama, and Alabama Extension, which is directed to assisting active military, National Guard and veteran families, reflects our combined commitment to those who provided our nation’s defense,” Lemme said. “Helping the families of these heroes access Veterans Affairs benefits that they have earned and providing resources to help them cope with the unique stresses of deployment and returning to home life will benefit not only those directly involved but also the entire community.
Veterans Outreach for St. Clair County will be the duties of Wayne Johnson, newly hired to lead these efforts.
“There is a critical need to connect veterans within communities, especially in small communities, to resources that can improve their financial well-being and their employment prospects. In many cases, it can be as simple as putting money in their pockets to tie them over as they make their transition back to civilian life,” Johnson said.
The challenges of transitioning to civilian life often prove even more daunting, if not insurmountable, for those veterans suffering from serious combat-related conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Among those veterans, timely effective outreach can mean the difference between successful transition to civilian life and one plagued by chronic unemployment, debt and, in many cases, substance abuse.
One of the main goals of the St. Clair Extension outreach effort is to reach these veterans with critical assistance before these patterns of behavior become self-destructive.
“My vision is to get out into the community and find veterans and widows of veterans that we don’t know about. I want to make them aware of the benefits that are available to them and hopes to make all veterans more aware of the numerous services and benefits available to them,” Johnson said.
“I plan to visit all the nursing homes,” he said. “Also, I not only want to talk to the elderly and middle-age veterans, but I also want to reach out to younger veterans.”
Considering the number of veterans in St. Clair County alone — some 7300 — an outreach program that presents veterans with viable treatment options potentially could save hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This unclaimed assistance not only would benefit the returning veterans but also the local economies where they live and work.
Any questions concerning this program or if you are a Veteran in need of assistance, please contact Wayne Johnson, Veterans Outreach Agent Assistant. He can be reached at the St. Clair County Extension Office by calling (205) 338-9416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.