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Reality Check 2017

financial management, Reality Check, youth learn about spending and saving moneyOn March 31, 2017,  Fayette County 11th graders visited Bevill State Community College and participated in the ACES sponsored Reality Check program. Reality Check is a financial simulation that allows participants to simulate financial management scenarios. 4-H agents, CECs, and school counselors visited with students and prepared them for the program by exploring careers, college and career outlooks, and salary options. After researching career pathway options,  students are given real life scenarios consisting of being a 25 year old adult with entry level positions in the workforce. Students move through the simulation role-playing various scenarios such as being married and having families.  They proceed through 14 stations, nine are mandatory and five are optional. Some of the stations students visit include a supermarket, daycare, insurance for home,  car ownership, home mortgage or rent, utilities, second jobs and just-for-fun. The students must use ledgers to track all their spending.Through the activity students learn personal financial management as well as:

  • A hands-on, real-life simulation that gives youth the opportunity to glance into the future in a fun and exciting way.
  • Understand gross and net pay
  • Learn what it takes to pay monthly living expenses
  • Learn to balance financial obligations
  • Learn to comparison shop

The Fayette County Extension Office would like to thank all of our community partners and volunteers who ran the stations and Bevill State Community College for hosting the event. For more information you can contact the Fayette County Extension Office at 205-932-8307.

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Reality Check volunteers hosting the Realville Jobs booth.


2015 4-H FLMP Chick Chain Show and Auction

On Saturday, October 24, 2015, there was a new show in Fayette!  Fayette, Lamar, Marion and Pickens Counties started a program in February called Chick Chain.   The 4-H Chick Chain project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising chickens.  Each youth participating paid $30-$35 (dependent on the breeds they chose) and in May received 13 chicks that were 1-2 days old and were all pullets (females). They received 3 breeds of chickens that were selected from a pre-designated breed group of 4 different breeds. The chicks came from a reputable hatchery and were all properly vaccinated. The participants took care of these pullets for approximately 21 weeks and kept a detailed record book related to their project.  Each participant was trained on bio-security measures and a home visit was conducted by either Ronni Rena Brasher, 4-H Foundation REA for Fayette/Marion Counties or Carla Lewis, 4-H Foundation REA for Lamar/Pickens Counties.  On October 24, the youth brought their 3 best pullets (of one breed) to the 4-H Chick-Chain Show and Sale. For those who brought their pullets to the show and sale, they will receive their deposit money back and ribbons for Showmanship and Breed Classes. If they successfully raised all pullets, they have some left that belong to them for egg production or meat harvesting.

Judges for the Showmanship and Breed Class were Mississippi State University Students Twain Womack, Senior in Poultry Production Systems; Marcus Hill, Senior in Poultry Science; and Dana Dittoe, Senior in Poultry Science.  The 4-H Chick Chain Youth Participants; parents; spectators; bidders; program sponsors; MSU Judges Twain Womack, Marcus Hill, Dana Dittoe; Auctioneer Rusty Jones; Alabama Cooperative Extension Director, Dr. Gary Lemme; Fayette County CEC, Warren Griffith; Marion County CEC, Lisa Murphy; Pickens County CEC, Patti Presley-Fuller; ACES Animal Science REA, Alex Tigue; 4-H Foundation REA’s Ronni Rena Brasher, Carla Lewis, Rebecca Danley; and Fayette County Administrative Associate, Sherry Kelley; worked hard to make our first Chick Chain Show and Auction a huge success.   A special thanks goes to Rebecca Danley, Marion County 4-H Foundation REA who was hired in August for the great pictures.

FLMP Showmanship Winners were:

Junior Class 1             chick chain 2015 658
1st Place          Connor Duren           Pickens County
2nd Place         Addison Hanratty      Lamar County
3rd Place         Alaina Jones               Pickens County
3rd Place         Mason Wright            Pickens County

Junior Class 2chick chain 2015 666
1st Place          Briley Newman          Pickens County
2nd Place         Jeremy Smith             Fayette County
3rd Place         Kinsley Shirley           Pickens County

Intermediatechick chain 2015 672
1st Place          Abigail Crosby           Lamar County
2nd Place         Preston Gregory       Pickens County

Seniorchick chain 2015 681
1st Place          Jordan Byars             Marion County
2nd Place         Tyler Knight               Fayette County
3rd Place         Lyndi Shaw                Fayette County

Top Fundraiser Award

Reese Hennicke         Marion  County

FLMP Breed Class Winners were:

Ameraucanachick chain 2015 686
1st Place          Preston Gregory       Pickens County
2nd Place         Erika Wolfe                Lamar County

Buff Orpingtonchick chain 2015 695
1st Place          Briley Newman          Pickens County
2nd Place         T. J. Smith                   Fayette County
3rd Place         Kinsley Shirley           Pickens County

Black Astralorpchick chain 2015 700
1st Place          Alaina Jones               Pickens County
2nd Place         Bradley Holifield       Fayette County
3rd Place         Trevor Byrd              Marion County

Barred Rockchick chain 2015 709
1st Place          Mason Wright            Pickens County
2nd Place         Connor Duren           Pickens County
3rd Place         Ty Junkin                    Pickens County

Grand Champion Pen
Briley Newman          Buff Orpington          Pickens County

Reserve Champion Pen
Alaina Jones               Black Australorp       Pickens County

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New Extension Sign

New Extension SignFayette County Extension has a new marquee sign thanks to funds made available thru a Tombigbee RC&D grant.  The sign is double-sided with room for 3 lines of 6″ letters.  We would also like to thank the Fayette County Commission, Fayette County Engineer and the Fayette County Road Department for pouring the concrete footer and mounting the sign.  The sign is located at the intersection of State Highway 43 and County Road 38 and will make it easier for local residents to see programming being offered by Extension.

Fayette County Multipurpose Complex


The Fayette County Multipurpose Complex Board of Directors and the Fayette County Commission have worked hard to develop and expand the Complex Arena in order to offer better facilities to more diverse groups. Warren Griffith, Fayette CEC, currently serves as the chairman of the Fayette County Multipurpose Complex Board of Directors.

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!