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4-H Grows Here: National 4-H Week Oct. 4-10

AUBURN, Ala.—More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H Oct. 4-10. National 4-H Week, is a special time to highlight 4-H programming and the great things that it offers young people. This year’s theme is “4-H Grows Here.” The nation’s largest youth development organization, 4-H grows confident young people who ... Read More »

U.S. Space and Rocket Center 4-H Youth Day is October 10

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville is hosting its annual 4-H Day Oct. 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Groups may register directly with the USSRC by October 3rd for an admission fee of $18. 4-H’ers are welcome to explore the USSRC museum and its space simulators, International Space Station interactive exhibit, Science Fiction, Science Future traveling exhibit, ... Read More »

Football Season and Tailgating Parties

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With the arrival of fall comes football season. What’s more fun than gathering with friends for a tailgating party? However, don’t let cooler weather fool you into thinking you don’t need to consider the possibility of foodborne bacteria spoiling your party. “By being proactive and following these simple procedures for safe food handling, fans will go home healthy from a ... Read More »

Mayonnaise and Peanut Butter Jars Are not Suitable for Canning

AUBURN, Ala.–Many home food preservers wonder if it is okay to mayonnaise and other commercial jars in home food canning.  The simple answer is no. “Companies making both canning jars and other types of jars caution against using commercial jars for home canning,” said Patti West, a regional food safety agent with Alabama Extension. West offers several reasons. Metal knives ... Read More »

Fall is 4-H re-enrollment and recruitment season

Now that the new school year is underway, it’s time to kick off 4-H re-enrollment and recruitment season. Alabama 4-H reached 138,675 youth during the 2014-2015 club year. While membership is open all year, most re-enrollment and recruitment drives take place the first three months of the school year. Alabama 4-H Foundation agents conduct programs and activities in every county. 4-H Has Something for ... Read More »

Lee County 4-H Wildlife Team Places Second in National Contest

AUBURN, Alabama—The Lee County 4-H Wildlife team won second place recently at the Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) National Contest.   Alabama 4-H served as host for this year’s contest, which was held at the Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center in Columbiana, Alabama. Wildlife teams from 12 states competed at the event. Lee County 4-H Wildlife team members include Lisa Barron, ... Read More »

Can These Foods be Frozen?

Many calls come into county Extension offices on whether or not certain foods can be frozen. Angela Treadaway, an Alabama Extension regional food safety agent shares some of the frequently asked questions and her answers. Can you freeze fresh meats in supermarket wrappings? Unless you use the frozen meat or poultry in a month or two, the U.S. Department of ... Read More »

Importance of Food Safety and Quality in Home Canning

A popular pastime for gardeners who grow fresh vegetables and fruits is canning their harvest for later use. Use Fresh Produce   “Using fresh produce helps ensure the quality of the home canned items later,” said Angela Treadaway, a regional food safety agent with Alabama Extension. “Use fruit and vegetable varieties that are well-suited to canning. After harvest, the food ... Read More »

Wildlife Habitat Education Program National Contest Coming to Alabama in August

The Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) National Contest will be held at the Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center in Columbiana, Alabama Aug. 2-5. Approximately 250 high school students, 4-H teachers and adult chaperones from across the county are expected to attend the event. The students’ knowledge of wildlife, habitat and management will be put to the test, by engaging them ... Read More »

Alabama Needs More Transplant Growers

Each year, commercial vegetable operations around Alabama look for quality, affordable vegetable transplants. Few growers produce their own transplants. Commercially-produced transplants are available from a number of sources around the southeastern United States but those sources are looking to move large volumes of transplants– usually 5,000 or more transplants at time– of the same variety. Most vegetable producers in Alabama ... Read More »