Marshall County Extension e-News

April 2021

424 Blount Ave. Ste. G21
Guntersville, AL  35976
Phone: (256) 582-2009
"Spring will come and so will happiness. Life will get warmer." --Anita Krizzan

The saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers", boy-if that's the truth, I can't imagine what April is going to look like after all of the rain we had in March! I cannot help but be overjoyed with the new beginnings I am seeing all around me. New life springing forth and our world beginning to resemble some sort of normalcy.

We are so extremely excited here at the Extension office to be offering more and more in-person meetings, trainings and classes. We sure have missed seeing you all in person over the last year.

As always, we have lots going on! Please check out our upcoming classes, trainings, courses and videos below. We look forward to seeing each of you real soon!

Kristen Roberson, County Extension Coordinator
Cell: (256) 558-2198

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   Agriculture Landon Marks (256) 706-0032
Eddie McGriff (256) 557-2375
Register for Beef Short Course by visiting 
or by calling the Extension Office at (256) 582-2009.

Preconditioning for Beef Calves

Producers have many marketing options such as selling calves immediately after weaning, but value can be added by putting calves through a preconditioning program to prepare them for the transition to later stages of production. Preconditioning typically consists of weaning calves, acclimating calves to feed bunks and water troughs, and upgrading their health status with vaccine and deworming protocols. Preconditioning reduces antibiotic use in beef production and improves the well-being of the cattle produced. Preconditioning programs usually require a minimum of 45 to 60 days and include defined health protocols. With a nutrition plan and marketing strategy, preconditioning programs should result in added weight gain and price premiums when the calves are sold.

Read More Here...
On this edition of "On The Farm in Alabama" Alabama Extension crop specialist and Extension REA, Eddie McGriff discus flag leaf protection and head scab control in wheat.
Join us as we celebrate the completion of the 4-H members 4-H Pig Squeal projects. Come bid and take home some of the best pork in North Alabama!
*Processors will be on Site- No Need to take possession of animal*
  Human Nutrition, Diet & Health & Food Safety & Preservation Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241
Shonda Miller (256) 426-8444
Carmen Martinez (256) 582-2009
Christy Mendoza (205) 217-6495
Submit your questions at
Please call the Extension Office at (256) 582-2009 to register to attend the Watch Party.
If you would like to watch from your home, you can register here:
  Home Grounds, Gardens & Pests & Commercial Horticulture Rhonda Britton (256) 690-8979
Eric Schavey (256) 504-0351

April 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 April Guide
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Grow More, Give More

Growing and harvesting your own vegetables is a fulfilling process not only for gardeners and families, but communities as well. With proper tending and care, vegetable gardens can provide a wealth of freshly grown produce.

With Alabama Extension’s Grow More, Give More project, both experienced and novice gardeners can receive invaluable information and resources for a successful harvest

   Natural Resources Norm Haley (256) 630-4248
April 21st: Snakes of Alabama
Register Here

Backyard to Back 40 Newsletter

Natural Resources Webinar, Croaking in the Cold, Protecting Property lines & Forestland, 1/128 Calibration method for Backpack Sprayers, Landowner Checklists and more...
  Personal Financial Management Dr. Theresa Jones (256) 509-5908
Juana Macias-Christian (256) 572-0241
Tune in at 11:30 am each First Monday of the month at
Tune in at 11:30 am each Tuesday at:
   SNAP-Ed Roberta McClellan (256) 737-9386

Alabama Food Security and Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Food Access and COVID research Team (NFACT) is a collaboration of researchers across 15 states exploring the impact of COVID-19 on food access, food security, and food systems. The NFACT collaborators are all implementing a common survey, in whole or part across 17 study sites, and data will be aggregated for large scale analyses. NFACT is led by Meredith Niles at the University of Vermont and governed by an executive team made up of researchers from the University of Vermont, Johns Hopkins, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona. In addition, NFACT collaborators are working in 17 study sites across the United States.
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