Marshall County Extension e-News

November 2021

424 Blount Ave. Ste. G21
Guntersville, AL  35976

Phone: (256) 582-2009
"What if today, we were just grateful for everything?" -Charlie Brown

We are geared up and so excited for our annual Farm-City Tours & Celebration on Thursday. If you haven't registered, there is still time. You can do that at:

4-H clubs are up and going, we are so excited to be back in-person with almost every club now and are anxiously awaiting our return to all the rest.

Applications are being accepted for our 2022 Master Gardener class NOW!

We had a good turnout for our Pasture Weed ID class, and truly thank the Cattlemen's Association for hosting and feeding us for that class.

We've got lots of great information on Food Safety during the Holidays in this issue- please don't miss that important info!

Spanish Serv-Safe class is in full swing, and we are all rearing up for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday--hopefully this years will look much more normal to most of us than last years. Please take a glance below at current information, upcoming classes & workshops being offered this month.

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

Kristen Roberson
County Extension Coordinator

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   Agriculture Jared Daniel (256) 557-4889
Dr. Landon Marks (256) 706-0032
Eddie McGriff (256) 557-2375


Alabama Crops Podcast

Episode 29-Row Crop Market Update-- In this episode, hosts Amanda Scherer and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Wendiam Sawadago, an Alabama Extension economist, about how the current market looks for row crops, particularly cotton. Sawadago explains the unprecedented run up that cotton markets have had over the past several months. Late September prices were stable around $0.90 a pound, but prices have climbed to more than $1 since early October.

Episode 27-Climate & Weather- On this episode of the Alabama Crops Report, the subject is climate and weather and how it affects Alabama crops. Hosts Katelyn Kesheimer and Scott Graham speak with two guests. This first is Andrew Sparks, an Alabama Extension agronomic crops regional agent. Sparks adds to the discussion from the view point of both a regional agent and a producer. The other guest is David Zeirden, the state climatologist for the state of Florida. Zeirden’s work is done through the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at Florida State University.

Episode 25-Disaster Assistance from USDA-Two guests from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). The first is Shnequie Bowman-Greene, a chief agricultural program specialist, and the second is Sydney Griffin, an agricultural program specialist. This time of year is peak season for natural disasters. Bowman-Greene and Griffin discuss FSA’s involvement when disaster strikes agricultural producers.

Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

The Alabama Crops Report Podcast is sponsored in part by Alabama Ag Credit.  Read More Here

Estate Planning & Tax Education Courses

Year-End Tax Planning for Farmers (December 2, 7:00 pm)--

The business of farming provides more opportunities to schedule the recognition of income and expenses than any other business. Hopefully you will have this conversation with your accountant some time before the end of the year. If you do not have an accountant, if might be worth your time to join us for this program.

We will discuss methods to defer taxes including constructive receipt, income averaging, installment sales, pre-paying expenses, and retirement plan contributions. We will also discuss accelerating depreciation, self-employment tax planning, hiring your children, weather-related livestock sales, sale of farm assets, treatment of crop insurance and disaster payments and net operating losses. REGISTER HERE

Basic Estate Planning (December 9th, 7:00 pm)-

Planning for your eventual death and possible incapacity is more important than ever during this pandemic. It is always more expensive to die without a Will than the cost to prepare one, and the administrative headache to die without a Will is a burden you don’t want to leave to your grieving family.

The program will describe the problems you create when you do not have a Will, how your assets are distributed if you do not have an Will, and the three documents that should be in your estate plan— an Advance Directive for Health Care, a Power of Attorney and a Will. REGISTER HERE

Using Trusts in Estate Planning (December 16th, 7:00 pm)-

The purpose of a trust is to hold property after your death and distribute that property some time later based on the passage of time or the occurrence of a condition. For example, the trust could hold property until your youngest child reached the age of 21 years, or the trust could hold assets until your child graduated from college, got married, etc.

The program will describe the the tax and non-tax uses of trusts and the different types of trusts. Trust provisions typically used by individuals will also be explained. REGISTER HERE

  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
Video Recording: Holiday Food Safety Questions Answered

National Diabetes Month

This year’s focus is on prediabetes and preventing diabetes.

Prediabetes is a serious health condition where your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. According to the CDC, more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes—that’s 88 million people—but the majority of people don’t know they have it.
The good news is that by making small healthy lifestyle changes, it is possible to prevent type 2 diabetes and even reverse your prediabetes.
Here are some tips to help manage prediabetes and prevent diabetes.
  • Take small steps. Making changes to your lifestyle and daily habits can be hard, but you don’t have to change everything at once. It is okay to start small. Remember that setbacks are normal and do not mean you have failed—the key is to get back on track as soon as you can.
  • Move more. Limit time spent sitting and try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 days a week. Start slowly by breaking it up throughout the day.
  • Choose healthier foods and drinks most of the time. Pick foods that are high in fiber and low in fat and sugar. Build a plate that includes a balance of vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates. Drink water instead of sweetened drinks.
  • Lose weight, track it, and keep it off. You may be able to prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5 to 7 percent of your starting weight.
  • Seek support. It is possible to reverse prediabetes. Making a plan, tracking your progress, and getting support from your health care professional and loved ones can help you make the necessary lifestyle changes.
  • Stay up to date on vaccinations. The COVID-19 (booster shot, if eligible) and flu vaccines are especially important for people who may be more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 or the flu, such as people with diabetes.
Let’s have a DEEP conversation about diabetes for information on our free Diabetes Empowerment Education Program this 6 session class is open to anyone with pre-diabetes, diabetes, care givers, and professionals wanting to learn more about prevention and management of diabetes. Shonda Miller-Region Extension Educator: Phone (256) 426-8444 or email:  (Virtual online class option is available)


  Home Grounds, Gardens & Pests & Commercial Horticulture Dr. Brian Brown (256) 558-8129
Marcus Garner (256) 541-0291
Eric Schavey (256) 504-0351

November 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 November Guide

If you have a love of plants and want to expand your horticultural knowledge and volunteer in your local community, then the Extension Master Gardener Intern Program is for you! Our Spring Master Gardener Intern Training class registration will be open on November 3, 2021 until January 23, 2022. The class will be held on Thursdays and will run from February 3-May 5, 2022. Early-bird registration will be $150 until December 19 and then the price will increase to $200 until registration closing on January 23, 2022. Classes start February 3.

Register online at or for more information, you can call or e-mail Brian Brown at (256) 558-8129,

Fall Care of Pecan Trees

Pecans are a Southern delicacy. From pecan pies and pralines, to pecans straight out of the shell, they are a popular ingredient used in Southern cooking. Likewise, pecan trees are popular in home landscapes and on commercial farms. While pecans are delicious, the trees are susceptible to a wide variety of pests that can have a significant impact on productivity. That is why both home and commercial growers must follow proper management practices.

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   Natural Resources Norm Haley (256) 630-4248

Pond Owner Timetable

The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (DWFF) of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provides a variety of services for the private pond owner. These services include, pond balance checks, fish kill investigations, and weed control recommendations. Applications for these services must be submitted in a timely fashion to the DWFF office in the district where the pond is located.  Some of these services are also provided by Alabama Cooperative Extension System personnel.  Owners should take advantage of the full variety of sources of technical assistance to help them better manage their ponds.

Prior to mid 2009 (fish for stocking in 2010), the DWFF did provide fish for pond stocking.  This service has been suspended indefinitely.

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Deer Season Food Safety

Deer season opens Oct. 15. Mark Smith, a wildlife scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says hunters need a game plan to get venison from the field to the table safely.

“Hunters need a plan for managing heat, moisture and bacterial contamination,” said Smith. “Those are the big three factors that can cause meat to spoil.”

He said while there is no “right” way to field dress a deer, the bottom line is to choose a quick and efficient method that minimizes the exposure of meat to bacteria.

“Potential contamination sources include the animal’s rumen or other stomach material, feces, urine and foreign debris such as dirt,” Smith said. “Remember bacteria naturally occurs just about everywhere.”

Read More Here...

Alabama Fisheries Consultants

Marshall County

Southern Pond Professionals, Mason Grimes

  • 1129 County Hwy 38 Horton, Alabama 35980
  • (205) 569-1895
  • Services: fish stocking, liming, fertilization, weed control, electrofishing, aeration, and fish feeders

Aquaservices Inc., Brian and Troy Goldsby

  • 23360 U. S. Hwy. 431, Guntersville, AL 35976
  • 1 (888) 669-3337
  • (256) 582-9101
  • Services: weed control, lake restoration, lake/pond management, stocking, liming, and electrofishing

Read More Here...

  Financial Management & Workforce Development Dr. Theresa Jones (256) 509-5908
Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241

Smart Shopping for the Holidays

With the uncertainty of the economy, we must remember to purchase the things we need first. Needs are a necessity. It is okay to buy some of the things you want. However, you should never take the money you have set aside for your needs to purchase things that you want. Most people are experts at spending money. On the contrary, few people are experts at saving it. If you want to keep from over spending, be wise and create a spending plan (budget). Creating a spending plan will help you stay on track and meet your financial goals. Whether you are a spender or a
saver, creating a spending plan has proven to be the best tool to keep track of your money.

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   SNAP-Ed-Live Well Alabama Roberta McClellan (256) 737-9386

Chicken Fiesta Power Bowl

Power through this week with Live Well Alabama’s Chicken Fiesta Power Bowl! This Food Friday, have a fiesta with friends to enjoy these delicious power bowls. The bowls are packed full of energy-giving ingredients, making them perfect for a meal or snack before any adventure or activity.

“Power bowls are a great outlet for creativity. You can make them with any combination of grains, proteins and veggies you like and experiment with different sauces and spices. In my house, we make them ahead for grab-n-go lunches.” 

 -Katie Funderburk, Alabama Extension nutrition specialist, and registered dietitian

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