Upcoming Events

Read Across America Day! Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

Sumter County Cooperative Extension partnered with the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) to celebrate Read Across America Day 2017 by placing reading kits that includes Dr. Seuss classic books, stickers, book markers, and pencils in school libraries. Read Across America Day is an annual celebration that takes place on March 2nd, Dr. Seuss’s birthday. This event is part of UACED’s annual Books for the Alabama Black Belt Campaign. Twenty-one schools in seven counties of the Black Belt region were recipients of this project. These schools included Livingston and Kinterbish Junior High schools in Sumter County.

Spring 2014 Newsletter


After several months of inactivity around the home, people are getting out and working in their yards again. Picking up fallen tree limbs, clearing away unwanted brush and pruning are just a few of the chores people are doing in their yards. As you take care of your yard, take care of yourself and family members by having a safety policy for using equipment –be it a leaf blower, lawnmower or pruning saw…continue reading?

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!