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Marshall County Extension e-News

December 2021

424 Blount Ave. Ste. G21
Guntersville, AL  35976

Phone: (256) 582-2009
The holidays are here; and I've gotten so busy this year I am just getting your newsletter to you in mid-December. As we began this year in January, I think all of us hoped and prayed we would be having in-person gatherings with our family and friends this holiday season, and with safety measures in place and the vigilance of each of us, it looks like that may actually happen. I am so grateful!

We have several workshops, trainings and classes coming up as soon as we get back from the Christmas & New Year Holidays, so please take a moment to check those out below.

The Marshall County Extension Office will be closed December 20-December 31 in accordance to the Auburn University Holiday Schedule.

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

Be Merry & God Bless!
-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 Row Crops Short Course
Jan. 18-19

Alabama producers can brush up on best management practices and prepare for the upcoming growing seasons at the 2022 Alabama Row Crops Short Course. The course will be held Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Wednesday, Jan. 19. at the Embassy Suites in Montgomery.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s department of crop, soil and environmental sciences are partnering to bring producers an all-encompassing event geared toward understanding the current market conditions, improving farm practices and increasing profitability.

Audrey Gamble, an Alabama Extension soil scientist, said the faculty and agents are once again working across production lines to equip farmers with relevant research and information.

“After a virtual short course in 2020, we are looking forward to learning together in 2022,” said Gamble, who is also an assistant professor in the department of crop, soil and environmental science. “We are excited about hosting the short course in a new location this year at the Embassy Suites Montgomery. This location will cut about an hour of driving for any farmers coming over from the western half of the state, which we hope will make the short course more convenient to attend.”

Managing External Parasites of Beef Cattle in the Southeast

Beef cattle production represents a multibillion dollar industry in the southeastern United States. External parasites (ectoparasites) are those that live and feed on the outside of the animal. These pests directly affect the producer’s bottom line by causing decreased weight gain, decreased milk production, loss in hide value, and potential disease transmission. Lack of external parasite control costs beef producers billions of dollars each year.

Alabama Crops Podcast

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

Estate Planning & Tax Education Courses

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
Check out the 4-H Tree decorated by Marshall County 4-H Youth Council Members as part of the Tinsel Trail at Arab City Park
4-H Mid-Winter Teen Leadership Retreat is BACK in 2022!
  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

December 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 December 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 https://www.aces.edu/go/2022springMGclass or for more information, you can call or e-mail Brian Brown at (256) 558-8129, brownbw@auburn.edu

Blackberry Planting, Spacing & Trellising

If you have only picked and eaten the wild blackberries that grow along fencerows, you are missing out on a treat. There are many different cultivated blackberry plants that are much larger and more productive than the wild plants.

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

Alabama Professional Logging Manager Program

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI) is an organization that works to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaboration. Logging falls under the organization’s Fiber Sourcing Standard. This standard sets mandatory practice requirements for all wood (fiber) that is sourced from forests, wether the forest is certified or not. Logger trainings are a large part of the work that SFI does. In fact, approximately 96% of the wood delivered to mills that participate in the SFI program comes from loggers that have been trained in sustainable forestry.

In Alabama, most of the large lumber mills participate in the SFI program. This means that in order to take wood to these mills, Alabama loggers need to take the proper training and keep it up-to-date. The Alabama Professional Logging Manager (PLM) program provides training opportunities for loggers on sustainable forestry practices and logging safety. The PLM program currently consists of an initial one-day training. Then, each year after the initial training, loggers need to take five hours of continuing forestry education credits (CFE) to maintain their PLM status.

Read More Here...

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...

  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.

Read More Here...
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