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 Dan Porch
Blount County Extension Coordinator
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
As Alabama drought conditions worsen, Extension content specialists have created a number of articles that may be helpful to answer drought-related questions.  These articles can be found on a special drought website at , or you can link to the drought site from the rotating banner on the ACES website at

Livestock & Feed
Alternative Feeding Strategies for Beef Cattle During Drought

Dry climatic conditions that persist into the summer and early fall may limit grazed and stored forage availability in beef operations. When dealing with dry periods, it is important to design a feeding program that fully utilizes local feed resources. Consider the following tips when feeding cattle through periods of drought:

  • Analyze forages and feed resources to determine nutritional value.
  • Balance rations with animal requirements.
  • Match nutrient needs as much as possible – feed higher value feedstuffs to those with greater energy requirements such as lactating cows, replacement heifers, and growing calves. Use lower quality feedstuffs for dry cows in mid pregnancy, and save better feed for the last third of the pregnancy. Body condition score cattle to better determine energy status of the animal. 
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Alabama 4-H
AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – In communities across Alabama, signs are popping up in yards, store fronts and boulevards that say “Thank You, 4-H!”  It’s part of a statewide effort to recognize the lasting impact 4-H has on young people.

Thank You, 4-H!

4-H is the largest youth organization in Alabama. Last year alone, more than 178,000 young people participated in the program that is offered in every county in the state.

“We know that people in 4-H are four times more likely to give back to their communities, two times more likely to make healthier choices and two times more likely to participate in STEM activities,” said Molly Gregg, Alabama Cooperative Extension System assistant director for 4-H.

“4-H prepares young people for life as citizens and leaders in their communities,” Gregg said. “This week, communities are saying thank you to a program that creates so many positive opportunities for young people.”

The opportunities made available to members as young people shape them into tomorrow’s leaders. In Alabama, for more than 100 years, 4-H has committed to creating true leaders with the skills to guide their communities.

The growth of Alabama 4-H reflects its commitment to empowering young people. The 4-H program offers hands-on experiential learning in animal science, art, healthy living, leadership and citizenship, outdoor education and also science and technology.

Each program activity is purposefully selected to positively shape experiences. Alabama 4-H participants work together, build relationships and support each other with encouragement.

“I became an ambassador because I wanted to advance my leadership and communication skills to the fullest potential through 4-H,” said Kenneth Reese, Alabama 4-H state ambassador president. “I also wanted to be a role model to younger youth and show them the opportunities 4-H offers.”

Endless Opportunities

Participation in 4-H is at an all-time high and is active in 50 percent of Alabama schools. Last year, the program delivered in-school, after-school and enrichment programming in 729 schools to 134,845 youth. An additional 44,039 young people participated in out-of-school 4-H clubs, camps and educational programs.         

  • Total 4-H club membership up 11 percent to 51,217.
  • Total 4-H clubs up 43 percent to 3,111.
  • 4-H overnight camping up 4 percent to 3,810.
  • Membership in community clubs up 27 percent.
  • Members in military and after-school clubs up 3,243 from 2,870.
  • Enrollment in grades 7-12 up 26 percent to 52,735.

In addition, Alabama 4-H is supporting workforce needs now and in the future.

“In 2019, more than 35,000 young people across the state expressed interest in science, technology, engineering, math, robotics, woodworking, rocketry, aerospace, GIS/GPS and a use of a Mobile Tech Lab,” Gregg said. “4-H is the only statewide organization positioned to meet this need.”

4-H Changes Lives

Alabama 4-H provides fun opportunities and rewarding experiences that have young people returning year-after-year. It seeks to empower them with the skills to lead their communities and also grow into future leaders.

Alabama 4-H is part of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and uses regional Extension agents as well as community volunteers, corporate partners, alumni and parents to deliver youth development programs in all 67 counties.

For more information, contact your county Extension office or visit

4-H Blount County Covered Bridge Community Club
The first meeting of the Blount County Covered Bridge Community Club will be held on
Thursday, October 17 at 6:00 pm.
Frank Green Building Auditorium
415 Fifth Ave, East, Oneonta, AL 35121
Mark your calendars now and plan on bringing a friend!
4-H is open to kids ages 9-18

Home & Family

Landscapes During a Drought

It has been extremely dry for quite some time in many areas of Alabama. This leaves many wondering if plants in most landscapes can survive this extended dry spell without supplemental watering. Extension professionals offer the following tips and advice when it comes to dealing with plants during drought.

It has been, and unfortunately continues to be, rather dry, so it is not surprising that plants are showing symptoms. The problem has also worsened by the fact that Alabama had an unusually cool, wet spring. Plants became accustomed to just the right amount of rain at just the right time. Now, with this hot, dry weather, they are having trouble acclimating themselves.
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Upcoming Events

Beef Systems Short Course 
October 1, 8, 15 from 6-8 pm
at the Frank Green Building Auditorium 
415 Fifth Ave. East Oneonta, AL 35121
For more information Contact:
Jerry Thompson 256-508-2020 or


M4A presents
Living Well Alabama
October 2 and 9 1-3:30 pm
at the Frank Green Building Auditorium 
415 Fifth Ave. East Oneonta, AL 35121
For more information Contact:
M4A 205-670-5770


AMGA Fall Seminar
Gifts from the Garden
October 3, 2019 
Registration: 8:30 am
Program: 9:00 am -2:30 pm
Locust Fork Baptist Church
30580 State Highway 79
Locust Fork, AL 35097
Sherilyn Osborne-205-382-0791

4-H Grows Project
Plant pickup and Training

October 3, 2019 time:  5-7 pm
Frank Green Building Audtitorium
415 Fifth Ave. East
Oneonta, AL 35121
Contact Blount County Extension Office 
for more information- 205-274-2129

Celebrate Alabama's Bicentennial
Southern Heritage Festival

October 5, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm
Blountsville Historical Park
71406 North Main St. 
Blountsville, AL 35031
Free Admission


Sugarland Lake Fall Festival
October 5, 2019 11:00am-4:00pm
At McKay Park
Free Admission
Food/Games/Family Fun


4-H Day at the 
U.S. Space and Rocket Center

October 12, 2019
All Day Event
For more information call 1-800-637-7223
For ticket purchases visit
scroll down to 4-H Day


Blountsville Harvest Festival
October 12, 2019 9:00am-4:00pm
DownTown Blountsville
Food/Arts & Crafts/Car Show/Live Music
Kids Zone/Parade @ 2:00pm


4-H Sand Mountain & Beyond
October 14 and 21
meet at the designated area
leave at 7:30 am -6:30 pm
Contact Blount County Extension for more information 205-274-2129


Covered Bridge Festival

October 26, 2019 9:00am-6:00pm
Down Town Oneonta along 1st Ave. East
Kid Activities/Arts & Crafts/Food/Music
Covered Bridge Tours


Urban NEP
 Quick and Spicy Salsa
Great snack for Football Saturdays!

Makes 2 1/4 Cups
Serving Size: 2 ounces

1-medium tomato, finely chopped or 1 can(15 ounces)    
  cut-up tomatoes
1/4 tablespoons parsley or cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped, mild or hot green canned chillies
1 tablespoon lime juice

Mix ingredients in a small bowl. 
Let Stand to blend the flavors.
Serve with favorite chips



The 66th Annual Blount County Fair
held September
10-14 , 2019

4-H Chick Chain Winners
4-H Dog show participants with their furry friends
Thank you Master Gardeners for all your hard work!
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