Upcoming Events

Master Gardener Class Begins Soon

Do you want to learn more about gardening? Have you thought about becoming a Master Gardener volunteer? Then join us!!

Classes will be at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office on Tuesdays for 10 weeks beginning on February 13, 2018.  Topics include Vegetable Gardening, Annuals and Perennials, Lawn Care, Weed Identification, Entomology, Care of Landscape Plants, Plant Propagation and more.

After completing the courses, the Master Gardener interns will be expected to give 10 hours of service in the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office and 40 hours of volunteer service to Extension and/or their community in horticulture education.

For information and to sign-up for the class, call Neal Hargle at the Extension Office at 205-349-4630. Class fee is $150 and space is limited.

We look forward to seeing YOU!

4-H Sweet Potato Fundraiser

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Tuscaloosa County 4-H Sweet Potato Fundraiser

40 lb. box—$20

Pre-orders only. Deadline to order and receive payment is November 3, 2017. Make checks payable to Alabama 4-H Foundation when you place your order . Pick-up from November 15-17  at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office, 2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa.

Call the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office at 205-349-4630 for more information.

All proceeds go toward educational programming for 4-H in-school and project clubs.




QuickBooks for Farmers – Two Classes

The QuickBooks for Farmers Course Fee is $25.00.  To register, call the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office at 205-349-4630 and let them know if you prefer the morning or afternoon class.

NOTE:  Class size is limited to 10 students for the 10 ACES laptops provided for class use.  Student’s spouses are welcome to observe the class or share a laptop.

QuickBooks 2014 Logo

QuickBooks Pro software from Intuit is widely used by farmers and small business employers of all types.  In this two-day class, we will be reviewing how farmer typically set up and use QuickBooks Pro for keeping track of farm financial transactions.  The Tuesday session will cover file set up, chart of accounts, data entry and reconciling a sample monthly bank statement.  The Thursday session will review a sample farm with a completed year of data entry.  This second session is intended to show students a range of year-end reports, analysis and forms that can be completed using QuickBooks Pro Software.

Our textbook for this class is QuickBooks 2014: the missing manual, shown to the left.  It is a free Intuit manual that can be downloaded for personal use as desired.

QuickBook for Farmers 2017 will have two separate classes in Tuscaloosa (morning and afternoon).

Class I – (Max. 10 participants) 

Time:         9:00 – 11:00 am

Date:          Oct. 31 & Nov. 2

Location:  Tuscaloosa County Extension Office 

Address:   2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


Class II – (Max. 10 participants)                                                                

Time:         2:00 – 4:00 pm      

Date:          Oct. 31 & Nov 2

Location:  Tuscaloosa County Extension Office

Address:    2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


Tuesday Session:  File setup, chart of accounts, data entry, reconciling a sample monthly bank statement.

Thursday Session:  Review of a sample farm with completed year of data entry demonstrating a range of year-end reports, analysis, and forms completed using QuickBooks Pro Software.


If you have any questions about this program, please contact Jonathan Gladney, Regional Animal Science and Forage Agent – West Alabama at 334-341-1674 or gladnjb@aces.edu.

More info…

Sipsey Valley High School 4-H ServSafe Club Report


The Sipsey Valley High School 4-H ServSafe Club would like to give you some important information about food-borne illness.

Food-borne illness is a disease transmitted to people by food.  Everybody can get sick but the high risk populations are the very old, the very young, and those with a compromised immune system.  You can prevent food-borne illnesses from bacteria by cooking food to the correct temperatures.  You can prevent viruses by having good personal hygiene.  You should prepare your food like high risk populations will be coming in a restaurant.  The most common illnesses are called, “The Big Six”.  They are Ecoli, Shigella, Salmonella Thyphi, NTS, Hepatitis A, and Norovirus.  The first four are bacteria.  Hepatitis A and Norovirus are viruses.

Lexi Templeton – 4H ServSafe Reporter


If you would like more information on this or any of our Tuscaloosa County 4-H Clubs, contact Denise Shirley or Kellee Lassiter at 205-349-4630 or visit our website.


Fixed-Knot Fence Clinic

Fixed-Knot Fence Clinic

What is the best type of perimeter fence for all types of livestock?

Location:           Tuscaloosa County Extension Office (for classroom portion)

Date:                  Thursday, September 22, 2016

Begins:              Registration at 8:00 am/ Program at 8:30 am

Hands-On:         Neal Hargle Horse Farm

Fence Building:  Mid-morning until 2:00 pm

Program Fee:     $20.00 per person

Topics will include:  Making Cross Braces; Fixed-Knot Fence Anatomy; Tension, Splicing & Trim out, Tools & Fasteners of the Trade; and, Pointers on How to Avoid Most Common Mistakes

Please RSVP by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 14th to Jonathan Gladney at 334-341-1674.

Make checks payable to ACES and mail to: Tuscaloosa ACES, 2513 7th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL  35401

More info…