St. Clair County Extension Office Offers Farming 201 Course
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, Farming 201. The 4-week course will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. at the St. Clair County Farmers Federation Auditorium, ALFA Building, 32775 U.S. Hwy 231, Ashville, AL 35953.
Class times, topics to be covered, and presenters are as follows:
- Tuesday, October 9th: Advanced Forage Management for Livestock Producers, Joshua Elmore, Regional Extension Agent
- Tuesday, October 16th: Plasticulture Vegetables and Irrigation/Fertilization Program, Dan Porch, Blount County Extension Coordinator
- Tuesday, October 23rd: Sustainable Insect Pest Management Using Trap Crops and Pest Exclusion Tactics, Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Entomologist
- Tuesday, October 30th: Bio-Insecticide Application Methods, Tank Mixes & Pre-Mixes for Vegetable Production, Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Entomologist
Cost is $25/per person for all 4 classes or $10/per person, per class. Dinner will be provided. To register or for more information, please call the St. Clair County Extension Office at (205) 338-9416. Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 25th.
A special thank you to ALFA Farmers—St. Clair County and Alabama Farm Credit for their sponsorship and support.
If you are interested in the art of beekeeping and have 100 hives of bees or just one, the St. Clair County Beekeepers Association invites you to come and be a part of their association. Dues are only $10/person and are used to fund local activities such as special speakers and other various community events open to the public.
The St. Clair County Beekeepers Association was founded on October 12, 2012 to educate and organize local beekeepers all the way from hobbyist to the professional level. They meet at 7 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of the month at the St. Clair county Farmers Federation (ALFA) building located at 32775 US Hwy 231, Ashville, Alabama.
For more information about joining this association, please contact Ragina Swindeall at (205) 368-9112 or email email@example.com. Also, be sure to visit www.alabamabeekeepers.com.
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By far, the most common call Extension receives related to ponds is how to control pondweeds. However, prevention is one of the most effective methods to reduce and ultimately control problem aquatic weeds and filamentous algae.
To address these issues, Norm Haley, Regional Extension Agent, conducted a hands-on pond management workshop, with over 20 people in attendance at the Village at Cook Springs. Spencer Bradley, also a regional agent, provided assistance.
Aquatic plants take hold due to shallow and clear water, excess nutrients, and intentional and accidental introductions. Participants learned that limiting these characteristics with a combination of proper pond construction along with regular care and maintenance is the key to reducing weed problems.