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Marshall County Extension e-News

March 2022

424 Blount Ave. Ste. G21
Guntersville, AL  35976

Phone: (256) 582-2009
March has already brought us some warm weather and the promise of spring with the sight of daffodils everywhere. Looks like our weather is still going to get cool down again, so let's not get too excited and anxious in our gardens quite yet. We had a February full of Extension programming, it's has truthfully felt like we've gotten back to normal, and all of us here at the Extension office couldn't be happier to be serving you all again in full capacity. As always, we have several educational opportunities embedded right here into this newsletter- click on any thing you may be interested in for more information.

We can't wait to see each of you in the coming weeks.

As always, thank you for your continued support and participation in activities from your
County Extension Office!

-Kristen Roberson
County Extension Coordinator


Visit our Webpage at: www.aces.edu/marshall
or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/marshallalextension
   Agriculture Jared Daniel (256) 557-4889
Dr. Landon Marks (256) 706-0032
Eddie McGriff (256) 557-2375

 

Alabama Farmers Federation Historical Marker Unveiled at Ag Heritage Park

Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System celebrated the Alabama Farmers Federation’s recent centennial celebration with the unveiling of a historical marker Feb. 17. The marker is on display at the Alfa Pavilion at Auburn’s Ag Heritage Park.

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell said the marker is in recognition of the organization’s centennial anniversary, as well as the men and women who came together to provide a unified voice for rural Alabama in public policy.

“These farmers partnered with the Extension System and College of Agriculture to create one of America’s most influential farm organizations,” Parnell said. “We are proud to continue that partnership today as Federation members provide grassroots input and support for agricultural education, research, outreach and advocacy.”

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Beef Herd Management Strategies

Cow-calf operation sustainability involves the efficient use of resources on-farm to improve herd profitability and farm productivity now and for future generations. For operations with less than fifty head of cattle, it is especially important to focus on herd processes that improve time and resource management. The following are key management practices you can implement to improve herd sustainability.
Keeping Cattle Healthy, Maintaining accurate records, define a calving season, implement crossbreeding, consider growth-promoting implants, castrate bull calves, dehorn calves and more.

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Marshall County Private Pesticide Class will be held on
Tuesday, April 26th at the Marshall County Farmers Federation.
Please call (256) 582-2009 to register.
  4-H Clubs Audrey Jones (256) 572-2156
Kristen Roberson (256) 558-2198
  Human Nutrition, Diet & Health and Food Safety & Quality Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241
Shonda Miller (256) 426-8444
Christy Mendoza (205) 217-6495
  Home Grounds, Gardens & Pests & Commercial Horticulture Dr. Brian Brown (256) 558-8129
Marcus Garner (256) 541-0291
Eric Schavey (256) 504-0351

March Gardening Calendar

Learn—month by month—the necessary gardening activities for lawns and shrubs, annuals and perennials, fruit and nut trees, and bulbs, roots, and tubers. Included is a timeline for activities such as soil testing, planting, pruning, fertilizing, pruning, mulching, indoor plantings—from cauliflower to okra, from camellias to dahlias to heirloom roses...

Click here for your March Guide

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is a win-win for both Alabama growers and seniors. The program provides eligible seniors with fresh, nutritious, and locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers markets and roadside stands.

Each senior participant receives $30 on a benefit card to spend at an authorized Alabama farmers  market or registered roadside stand. Seniors can sign-up to receive the benefit card through the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries’ Farmers Market Authority (FMA) website at fma.alabama.gov.

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   Natural Resources Norm Haley (256) 630-4248

Natural Resources Webinar Series

March 16th (12:00-1:00 pm): Warm Season Food Plots-Plant Food & Cover! Register Here

March 30th (12:00-1:00 pm): Fire Tolerance of Young Longleaf Pines Register Here

April 13th (12:00-1:00 pm): Preparing Trees for Severe Storms Register Here

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Don't be Stumped by 2022 Timber Market

The Alabama timber industry is successfully healing after the COVID-19 pandemic’s temporary crippling of the market two years ago. The virus’s impact on mill capacity rates and lumber prices started in early 2020, and it is still likely to cause problems in the supply chain from time to time in 2022. Alabama forest landowners are preparing for a new year. What can they expect?

“The forestry industry in Alabama is strong,” said Alabama Cooperative Extension System Forestry Specialist Adam Maggard. “I don’t anticipate any extreme changes in timber values for the coming year. However, you will likely see typical seasonal variations in prices. Demand is still increasing for timber products across the board.”

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Goal Development in Creating a Land Management Plan

A management plan is a road map of the objectives you have established for your property. One of the first things you should do when beginning to write a management plan is to decide what your goals and objectives are.

When developing a management plan for your land, it is essential that you set goals and objectives. Setting goals has many benefits. It helps to ensure that your time and resources are being invested wisely, and it can help you avoid costly mistakes. Setting goals can also help you communicate effectively with professionals who have been hired to assist you in reaching your land management objectives. It also encourages you to think about your property, its resources and how you want to use it in the future.

The development and execution of your management plan will depend on your objectives. Think about what you want to gain from your property and its resources. Before making any final decisions or putting anything in writing, talk with family members and other stakeholders to ensure that everyone agrees. Once everyone is on the same page, make a list of your goals and objectives.

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  Financial Management & Workforce Development Dr. Theresa Jones (256) 509-5908

March is National Credit Education Month

For many people, credit is a scary thing to think about. This is mostly because they do not always understand it. National Credit Education Month is a great time to learn about the ins and outs of credit.

“Understanding what credit is, how it works and the impact that it can have on you now and in the future is an important step in becoming financially fit.” said Emily Hines, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System human sciences regional agent.

What is credit?

A person’s credit is based on a score between 300 and 850. This score lets a potential lender know if someone is worthy of credit. Scores are based on credit history, which is affected by a number of things. These things include number of accounts open, debt levels, payment history, etc.

The higher the score, the better chance someone has of getting a loan. This is because credit scores are used to determine if someone will likely repay a loan on time.

There are many things that a credit score is necessary for such as buying a car, saving on insurance or buying a house. To do all of these things, many people have to take out a loan from places like a bank or credit lending firm.

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Best Buys

For those that like to find the best deals and are always looking to save money, the Best Buys webinar series is a great opportunity. These webinars will help people discover the items that will offer great discounts during each month.

1st Monday of every Month 11:30 am-12:00 Noon

To Register: www.aces.edu/go/BestBuys2022

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Money Talks! Live

The Money Talks Live webinar series will cover a variety of topics. These 30-minute sessions will provide participants with a wealth of knowledge to help them with their finances.

February 15-Debt Management

March 15-Credit Scores


To Register: www.aces.edu/go/MoneyTalksLive

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  SNAP-Ed & Urban Expanded Food & Nutrition Program Alicia Heathington (256) 293-2537
Della Bramley (256) 737-9386

The Urban Expanded Food and Nutrition Program is looking forward to expanding our services in Marshall County. UEFNEP provides nutrition education to families and individuals of limited resources, especially Hispanic mothers with children under five. Our program teaches the participants how to feed their families healthy meals on a limited budget while encouraging physical activity for the whole family. The program consists of a series of 6 to 9 lessons that can be taught in Spanish or English.  An educator can visit your site and deliver the programming completely free of charge. In the past, we have partnered with churches,  after-school programs, summer camps, summer bible schools, and community organizations.
 

We also have access to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES at AAMU) Mobile Nutrition Lab and Mobile STEM Lab. These units are equipped to share interactive and engaging activities with your group, organization, or school.

We are currently scheduling classes for spring and summer. For class scheduling information and Mobile Nutrition Lab, contact Alicia Heathington at (256)293-2537 or amh0265@aces.edu.

Stop the Cycle of Unhealthy Habits During National Nutrition Month

A lack of proper nutrition and physical activity is a major problem in Alabama. In fact, it is recognized as the fourth greatest current health concern facing Alabamians.

Unfortunately, this lack of proper nutrition is not new among residents. The Alabama Department of Public Health says in 2011 about 50 percent of residents did not consume a single piece of fruit or glass of fruit juice daily. Also, more than 25 percent of residents consumed vegetables less than once each day. This long-term era of poor habits has led to an extremely unhealthy population. During National Nutrition Month, health experts encourage Alabamians to stop the cycle and develop healthier eating patterns.

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