Marshall County Extension e-News

February 2021

424 Blount Ave. Ste. G21
Guntersville, AL  35976

Phone: (256) 582-2009
Happy February! Though we have had a little snow this winter, the temperatures have been pretty pleasant this week. I sure am hoping we have enough cold days for good peaches and maybe a few less bugs this year. I feel like we have a ton of upcoming activities coming up in the next few weeks, we are rocking and rolling and I could not be more excited for our Extension work to be looking a little more normal. Several educational opportunities are 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:
or on Facebook at:
   Agriculture Jared Daniel (256) 557-4889
Dr. Landon Marks (256) 706-0032
Eddie McGriff (256) 557-2375


Bermudagrass Hay Summit

The “Summit” is an intense, day-long program designed to meet the specific needs of dedicated, experienced bermudagrass hay producers that deal with the challenges of producing very high-quality hay demanded by their customers.

Topics Include:

  • Weed Control Options in Bermudagrass Hay Fields with a Special Emphasis on Controlling Undesirable Grass Weeds
  • Basics of Insect Pest Control/Management in Bermudagrass Hay Fields
  • Nutrient Management Challenges and Opportunities for Bermudagrass Hay producers
  • A “Boots on the Ground” Industry Perspective for Commodity Prices and Supply Chain Issues During the 2022 Growing Season, Cash Flow Budgeting for Bermudagrass Hay Producers During Challenging Economic Situations
  • Roundtable Discussion “What we learned in 2021 that will help us be prepared for the challenges we will all face in 2022” and “Alternative forage crops that might allow commercial hay producers to decrease input costs and spread the economic risk associated with high quality hay production”
Pre-Register by Calling or Emailing Gerry Thompson at (256) 508-2020;
Cost is $20 at door; Lunch will be provided
Workshop for Farmers on financial analysis, business planning, budgeting, and record keeping. Register by visiting: or by calling (256) 582-2009

Food Prices Continuing to Increase

Inflation has re-emerged across the U.S. over the last several months. In December of 2021, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 7% compared to the prior year, the largest annual increase since 1982. While inflation has hit used vehicles, energy and utilities the hardest, food has not been immune to these price increases. These high food prices will affect consumers as we approach Super Bowl Sunday, which is the second-largest food consumption day of the year, following Thanksgiving.

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Alabama Crops Podcast

Episode 32-2022 Alabama Row Crops Short Course-- In this episode, first-time host Audrey Gamble joins previous hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer to talk about the upcoming Alabama Row Crops Short Course. This year’s short course is January 18 and 19 and will be moving from its normal location in Auburn, Alabama to the capital city of Montgomery, Alabama.  

Episode 31-Using Solar Technology-- In this episode, hosts Adam Rabinowitz and Katelyn Kesheimer sit down with Dennis Brothers, an Alabama Extension associate professor and member of the farm and agribusiness management team. In his role, Brothers works with farmers on the adoption and use of solar technology. The discussion today is centered around ways farmers can use solar technology on the farm and ways they can make money through solar leasing.

Episode 30-Winter Wheat & Weed Management- Hosts Scott Graham and Katelyn Kesheimer talk with David Russell, an Alabama Extension weed scientist, about the status of the state’s wheat crop. Wet weather has delayed harvest of summer crops such as soybeans–putting wheat planting behind.  The group also discusses weed management in wheat.

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

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

Cottage Food Law: Jams & Jellies

The Alabama Cottage Food Law, which went into effect in 2014 and was revised in 2021, provides rules and regulations for foods prepared by cottage food entrepreneurs. These foods include jams and jellies that can be safely canned in a boiling water bath canner.

When making home-canned jams and jellies, use only recipes and procedures approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). You can find these on any state Extension website or on the National Center for Home Food Preservation website. These recommendations have been tested for safety...


Cottage Food Law: Food Safety

Food safety should be your first consideration in preparing food for your family or for your customers. Before you start to prepare your product to sell, consider these recommendations to make the safest food you can.


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

February 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 February 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

Read More Here...
   Natural Resources Norm Haley (256) 630-4248
  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:

Read More Here

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:

Read More Here

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