Marshall County Extension e-News

August 2022

424 Blount Ave. Ste. G21
Guntersville, AL  35976

Phone: (256) 582-2009
It's Back to School time, already! The summer has flown by, but I know most kiddos, and their parents & grandparents, are ready to get back into a normal routine. The recent rains have finally provided a little relief for our crops and gardens, with more in the forecast.

I sincerely hope everyone has had a wonderful summer, and as you look forward to sending the kids back to school--check out & consider attending and participating in the learning opportunities for both youth and adults, that your Marshall County Extension Office is offering this month.

Several educational opportunities are embedded right here into this newsletter- click on anything you may be interested in for more information.

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


Estate Planning & More Webinars

August 4th-7:00 pm-Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives for Health Care
During this program, visiting Professor Robert Tufts, will discuss the problems created when an individual dies without an estate plan. Descriptions of the documents that should be included in the estate plan, why you need them and what they do and don’t do will also be covered. Registration page:

August 18th-7:00 pm-Estate Planning for Landowners:
Most individuals have simple Wills that leave everything to their spouse or to their children equally. For land owners, this creates a tenancy in common which means jointly managed property. This make it subject to partition (division so each child gets their share) which will probably happen if the children do not agree or one want money for a new house. You can use a business entity or a trust to hold the property to prevent partition but allow the children the benefit from the property, but can’t be sued out of it or divorced out of it. Registration page:

September 1st-7:00 pm-Using Trusts in Estate Planning
Sometimes a Will cannot accomplish your objectives. A Will distributes all your property to the beneficiaries after your death. Maybe you would prefer that your children get some now, some in 5 years and some later; or some when they get married or graduate from college; or hold the money for your children or grandchildren’s education; or hold the farm for the use of your farming children while the other children get some income from the assets but cannot force the sale of the land. Registration page:

September 15th-7:00 pm-Choice of Business Entity
The types of business entities available in Alabama will be explained. I will use characteristics, such as limited liability, partition in management, sharing of profits, transferability of interest, to compare the entities so that you may chose the entity most appropriate for your operation and goals. Registration page:

September 25th-7:00 pm-Heirs Property
During this program Robert will discuss how heirs’s property is created, what it means for those who have an interest in the property and how those who have an interest can clear title and get the portion they are entitled to using the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act in Alabama. Registration page:



Water Requirements for Beef Cattle

Water is considered the most critical nutrient in beef cattle diets. Cattle diets are balanced for energy, protein, vitamins, and minerals based on the desired level of animal performance. Animal performance can be affected by water intake—a key factor often overlooked.

Water is needed by cattle daily to support maintenance (digestion and excretion), growth, and lactation. A significant amount of water can be lost through excretion in the form of urine, feces, or sweat. Cattle do not adapt well to water restrictions. Restricting water consumption can lead to a decrease in feed intake and poor animal performance. Understanding the daily requirements and influences on water needs can help producers plan for reliable sources and supply of drinking water for cattle.

Cattle fulfill their water needs from three main sources: drinking water, water in forage and feed, and metabolic water produced from digestion or other metabolic activities.


Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale

The 24th annual Herdbuilder Replacement Female Sale will be Friday, August 26 starting at 11 a.m. at the Alabama Livestock Auction in Uniontown, Alabama. This sale is known for the quality and reputation of both the cattle and the consignors to the sale. Online viewing and bidding is available through DVAuction.

For more information, contact Kevan Tucker at 334-534-2539 or visit


Production Costs & Implications for Agriculture

Agricultural production is filled with uncertainty and risk. There are many factors outside of farmers’ control that can affect profitability, making risk management an essential business practice. One area that has impacted producers in 2022 has been the continued rise in input prices. Initially fueled by supply chain disruptions from the sudden impacts of COVID-19, agricultural producers have been facing increased production costs on key inputs since 2020.


GMO's: Unlocking Agriculture's Potential through Bioengineering

For the world to be fed sustainably in the 21st century, agricultural innovation using biotechnology is key. Research and implementation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is one way that the agricultural industry is unlocking the future for the next generation.


Crop Prices Volatile in Advance of 2022 Harvest

As we surpass the midpoint of 2022, it is a good chance to explore where crop markets are heading towards harvest. Crop prices have spiked across the board this year largely due to crop supply uncertainty caused by the geopolitical conflict between Russia and Ukraine. This is because these two nations are major exporters of several agricultural commodities which led to market disruptions. The Russian invasion of Ukraine caused uncertainty regarding the size of Ukraine’s crop harvest, their ability to transport the crop across the country, and their port access to ship products overseas. Ukraine is the leading sunflower and sunflower oil exporter – which has disrupted global vegetable oil markets – and is also a major player in wheat and corn. In all, the already high crop prices increased to the highest seen in a decade, but recent macroeconomic factors have led to market volatility over the last two weeks of June raising questions over what prices will look like come harvest


Marc Sachs, Deputy Director for Research with Auburn's McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security, and REA Eddie McGriff, discuss the importance of cyber-security for farmers and agribusiness.

Alabama Grazing Academy

The Alabama Grazing Academy is an advanced grazing school that works with producers to increase the efficiency of grazing management on their farm, taking it to the next level.

Topics include soil health and fertility, year-round grazing, pasture economics, and fencing options. The academy will also feature hands-on demonstrations that include sprayer calibration, weed identification, temporary electric fencing, and many more.

  • When: September 15 starting at 9 a.m.
  • Where: North Alabama Agriplex, 1714 Talley Ho Street SW, Cullman, AL 35055


Alabama Crops Report Podcast

Season 2, Episode 8: Crops Acreage Report

On this episode of the Alabama Crops Report, hosts Scott Graham and Adam Rabinowitz talk with Wendiam Sawadago, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System economist. The USDA acreage report was released June 30. Sawadago breaks down the report and analyzes what the data means for Alabama crop producers for the rest of the year.

Season 2, Episode 7: Crops Roundtable

For this episode of the Alabama Crops Report, the team is shaking things up a bit. Instead of an individual topic, members of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomology and plant pathology team are having a roundtable discussion. The team talks about some of the things they are seeing throughout the state including insect pests….


  4-H Clubs Audrey Jones (256) 572-2156
Kristen Roberson (256) 558-2198
The Golden Egg contest is back!
*Eggs do not have to be from a Chick Chain flock, but should be from chickens cared for by the 4-Her.
*Register to participate in 4-H Online
*Eggs must be dropped off at the 4-H Office on August 29th by 3pm
*Entry Form and $5 Registration Fee should be attached to each egg carton
*Contestants may enter 1 dozen white shelled, 1 dozen brown shelled, and 1 dozen blue-green shelled eggs per person
Check out this video on how to choose your eggs:
  Human Nutrition, Diet & Health and Food Safety & Quality Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241
Shonda Miller (256) 426-8444
Christy Mendoza (205) 217-6495

Alabama Cottage Food Law: Basic Rules & Regulations

The Alabama Cottage Food Law went into effect in 2014 and was revised in 2021. The law states that individuals can produce certain nonhazardous foods in their homes. The new law defines a cottage food as a non-potentially hazardous food that has been prepared in a person’s home that does not require time and temperature control for safety. The law excludes products that use meat, poultry, or fish.

Read More Here...


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

August 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 August Guide
   Natural Resources Norm Haley (256) 630-4248

Managing White-tailed deer Collection Data from Harvested Deer

Many hunters and landowners invest thousands of dollars and a great deal of time each year managing deer but forget the most essential part of any QDM program, which is collecting data from harvested deer. This data helps deer managers make decisions about how to better manage their deer populations.

Many hunters and hunt clubs practice quality deer management (QDM) on their properties; however, the level of involvement in QDM varies, and the level of QDM and techniques used varies by property based on the hunter, landowner, or hunting club’s goals. Some clubs impose antler restrictions of various kinds, while others focus on doe harvest, food plots, camera surveys, habitat management, or a combination of these. All of these activities are an important part of taking an active role in managing and potentially improving local deer populations. But how do you know if it’s working?

Read More Here

Natural Resources Webinar Series

August 3rd (12:00-1:00 pm): Owning a Private Well in Alabama: Is Your Water Well?
Register Here

August 17th (12:00-1:00 pm): Trophy Pond Strategies & Enhancements Register Here

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

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:

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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.

July 19-Student Loans

August 16-Money Values & Influences

To Register:

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

Make your store-bought Vegetables Last

With current prices higher than normal, making your grocery store purchases last longer–especially fresh produce– is the name of the game. The key to long-lasting, store-bought vegetables is knowing which ones should be stored at room temperature and which ones fair better in the refrigerator.

Bridgette Brannon, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System food safety and quality regional agent, said a sweet potato is just one example of a vegetable that people need to know how to store.

“Sweet potatoes take on off-flavors and the core becomes hard when cooked after refrigeration,” Brannon said. “In addition, green tomatoes won’t turn red in the fridge, while red tomatoes lose their flavor when refrigerated.”

The Alabama Extension publication Buying, Storing & Preparing Fresh Vegetables provides in-depth information on how and where vegetables should be stored.

Read More Here...


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