Shelby County Extension

Shelby County Extension Agents
in all 67 county offices
offer educational programs
adapted to the needs and
interests of local residents. Regional agents work in
teams across county lines
to provide specialized
knowledge in a wide range
of subjects.
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Extension programming
provides educational opportunities
to help people, individually
and collectively, make sound
decisions about their lives,
businesses, and communities
and develop economically,
socially, and culturally. The Alabama Cooperative
Extension System offers
specialists and programming
in the following areas:
• Agriculture
• Forestry, Wildlife
and Natural
Resources
• Urban Affairs and

Extension programming
provides educational opportunities
to help people, individually
and collectively, make sound
decisions about their lives,
businesses, and communities
and develop economically,
socially, and culturally. The Alabama Cooperative
Extension System offers
specialists and programming
in the following areas:
• Agriculture
• Forestry, Wildlife
and Natural
Resources
• Urban Affairs and

Operating as usual

Restaurants ReturningPhase 2 of the federal guidelines for Opening Up America Again can begin if there are 14 days of de...
05/07/2020
Restaurants Returning - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Restaurants Returning

Phase 2 of the federal guidelines for Opening Up America Again can begin if there are 14 days of declining positive tests and a downward trajectory of cases with symptoms after Phase 1 reopening. Dining in at restaurants has been banned in Phase 1.

When Governor Kay Ivey institutes Phase 2 in Alabama, restaurants will be able to reopen but only under certain conditions. Your goal as a business owner should be not to just reopen but to determine how to remain open during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

Continue reading: https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/finance-career/restaurants-returning/

Phase 2 of the federal guidelines for Opening Up America Again can begin if there are 14 days of declining positive tests and a downward trajectory of cases with symptoms after Phase 1 reopening.

Grow More, Give MoreA Program for Rookies and ExpertsGardeners quickly learn that success is often cyclical—determined b...
05/02/2020
Grow More, Give More - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Grow More, Give More

A Program for Rookies and Experts
Gardeners quickly learn that success is often cyclical—determined by rain, drought, bounty and disease. However, novice gardeners, and those just curious about gardening, have a lot to learn, and we can all help to bridge that knowledge gap.
A group of Alabama Extension horticulture agents and Extension Master Gardener volunteers are promoting community-based gardening in 2020.

Continue reading: https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/products-programs-lawn-garden/grow-more-give-more/

A group of Alabama Extension horticulture agents and Master Gardener volunteers are promoting community-based gardening in 2020. Grow More, Give More

Welcome to Your Daily Briefing for Wednesday, April 29, 2020Yesterday, Governor Kay Ivey announced a multiphase plan to ...
04/29/2020
Your Daily Briefing - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Welcome to Your Daily Briefing for Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Yesterday, Governor Kay Ivey announced a multiphase plan to start reopening the economy as the state emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the magnitude of this announcement, we dedicate this entire briefing to details of Governor Ivey’s order. Regional Extension Agent Rick Zapata explains the order and offers critical recommendations in his article “Reopening Alabama.”

Continue reading: https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/farming/your-daily-briefing/

Welcome to Your Daily Briefing from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Learn more about helping your family navigate the coronavirus outbreak.

04/27/2020

Cottage Food Law Testing during COVID19

Welcome to Your Daily Briefing for Friday, April 24, 2020Alabama Extension is addressing COVID-19 issues across the stat...
04/24/2020
Your Daily Briefing - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Welcome to Your Daily Briefing for Friday, April 24, 2020

Alabama Extension is addressing COVID-19 issues across the state. Here is how we are helping today.

Paycheck Protection Program
More support is coming to small business owners from Washington. Last night, nearly $500 billion was approved to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program. This additional funding mirrors the original requirements and is on a first-come-first-served basis. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to apply for the funds in the form of a loan. If the majority of the funds are used to retain employees (75 percent), the loan would be converted to a grant and the funds would not have to be paid back. The loans are 100 percent federally insured through the Small Business Administration. Because the funds for this new program may run short, business owners should complete the loan application forms and gather the required documentation as soon as possible.

Continue reading: https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/farming/your-daily-briefing/

Welcome to Your Daily Briefing from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Learn more about helping your family navigate the coronavirus outbreak.

Welcome to Your Daily Briefing for Thursday, April 23, 2020Alabama Extension is here to help you sort through COVID-19 a...
04/23/2020
Your Daily Briefing - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Welcome to Your Daily Briefing for Thursday, April 23, 2020

Alabama Extension is here to help you sort through COVID-19 and life in Alabama. Here’s what we’re working on with you today:

Reopening Your Business after COVID-19
The United States has not had a pandemic disaster that caused the closure of so many businesses in more than a century. To reopen successfully, a business will need employees, vendors, and customers. The key to having success with all three is good communication.

Continue reading: https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/farming/your-daily-briefing/

Welcome to Your Daily Briefing from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Learn more about helping your family navigate the coronavirus outbreak.

04/23/2020
Food Shopping During QuarantineMeal planning and preparation can be a tremendous challenge during a time of quarantine. ...
04/21/2020

Food Shopping During Quarantine

Meal planning and preparation can be a tremendous challenge during a time of quarantine. With mandates to shelter in place and limit trips to the grocery store, one of our most basic tasks, food shopping, becomes a lot more complicated. So how do you continue to provide healthy meal options? Here are some tips to help you make healthful food decisions and reduce your trips to the store.

Keep a Well-Stocked Pantry

Having a well-stocked pantry can relieve some of the pressure when it comes to meal planning and preparation. Keep the following on hand for quick, easy-to-fix dishes:

Shelf-Stable Products
• Dried or canned beans, peas, and lentils (black, garbanzo, kidney, white, and pinto beans; green or yellow split peas; brown, green, or red lentils)
• Canned vegetables with no added salt (tomatoes, green beans, corn)
• Dried or canned fruit (natural juices or 100 percent juice)
• Whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, oats, millet, whole-wheat pasta)
• Pouches or cans of fish and chicken
• Nuts, seeds, and nut butters
• Olive, canola, or other vegetable oils
• Dried herbs and spices

Frozen Foods
• Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts)
• Fruit (berries, cherries)
• Whole-wheat pizza dough
• Poultry
• Seafood

When thinking about what to make at home, consider foods that also freeze well. Casseroles, soups, muffins, and breads are easy to portion out and store in the freezer in individual containers. These foods can be frozen for 2 or 3 months without significant loss of quality.

Plan Meals Based on Foods You Already Have

Check the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry for foods that need to be used up. Leftover meats and veggies can be easily transformed into meals by cutting them up and adding to soups, salads, or sandwiches. Here are some ideas:

• Toppings for salads or cooked grains such as rice or pasta
• Filling for a tortilla or pita sandwich
• Ingredients in a soup to eat right away or freeze for future use

Keep in mind that leftovers should be used within 3 or 4 days of preparation and reheated, if necessary, to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Plan Ahead When You Have to Go to the Store

To help you reduce the amount of time you spend at the store, create a plan before you go. Deciding on meals and snacks before you shop can save both time and money. Organize your list according to the section of the store in which the items are located. This will prevent you from having to run from one end of the store to the other. Here are ways you can shop safely and efficiently at grocery stores:

Get delivery when possible. There are several apps you can access on your cell phone for grocery delivery. Finding a time slot can be hard, though, so try early in the morning and a couple of days ahead of when you need the items. The key is to plan as far out in advance as possible. Also, if the app allows you to tip, choose that option.

Go to the store early. If you must venture out to get groceries, the earlier you go the better.

Bring disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. Wipe down your cart before using it.

Wipe down your credit card after your purchase.

Wear a face covering and be careful with gloves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommend wearing a cloth facial covering in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies.

Wipe off groceries and counters when you get home. Be careful when you get home. There is no clear data indicating the amount of time that COVID-19 may live on packages. Experts say to throw away disposable bags, wipe down your kitchen counter, and wash your hands just to be safe. While there is no evidence of the virus living on food, you can wash your produce using a scrub brush if you are concerned.

Think commercial. If you cannot find products at a chain grocery store, try going to a supply store, such as a janitorial supply store, which may have products like toilet paper or paper towels.

Regular handwashing along with routine cleaning and disinfecting, especially all frequently touched surfaces, remain the most effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Get more tips on running essential errands from the CDC.

04/15/2020
04/14/2020
Instructions on Making a Face MaskAcross the nation, medical professionals are expressing the concern of the shortage of...
04/10/2020
Instructions on Making a Face Mask - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Instructions on Making a Face Mask

Across the nation, medical professionals are expressing the concern of the shortage of the much needed medical supplies to face the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the shortage of face masks, there are many people making homemade face masks.

Continue reading: https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/health/instructions-on-making-a-face-mask/

Across the nation, medical professionals are expressing the concern of the shortage of the much needed medical supplies to face the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the shortage of face masks, there are many people making homemade face masks.

Protecting Backyard FlocksGood hygiene and common sense practices help prevent disease.What is avian influenza?Virus car...
04/10/2020
Protecting Backyard Flocks - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Protecting Backyard Flocks

Good hygiene and common sense practices help prevent disease.

What is avian influenza?
Virus carried by migratory and domesticated waterfowl (ducks and geese).
Domestic poultry (chickens and turkeys) are susceptible.
Virus originates from waterfowl breeding grounds in northern Canada and spreads by wild geese and ducks.
Migratory bird flyways cross the United States.

Continue reading: https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/poultry/protecting-backyard-flocks/

When it comes to protecting backyard flocks, good hygiene and common sense practices help prevent disease.

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04/08/2020

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Cattle Processing in an Unusual Year:  Preventing COVID-19 TransmissionBeef cattle production is an essential business i...
04/08/2020
Cattle Processing in an Unusual Year: Preventing COVID-19 Transmission - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Cattle Processing in an Unusual Year: Preventing COVID-19 Transmission

Beef cattle production is an essential business in Alabama and critical to our nation’s food supply, so we need to work together to ensure that there are minimal disruptions to normal operations. During this pandemic, we encourage you to be a good neighbor and look for specific ways to manage your activities while minimizing the potential for transmitting human disease. To help in that effort, and in light of rapidly changing gathering restrictions due to COVID-19, we have compiled the following cattle processing considerations and recommendations to minimize the risk of human-to-human disease transmission during these necessary management events.

Continue reading: https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/farming/cattle-processing-preventing-covid-19-transmission/

Cattle processing considerations and recommendations to minimize the risk of human-to-human disease transmission during these necessary management events.

04/08/2020
04/07/2020
Travel for Essential Workers into States with Shelter-in-Place Orders As several states neighboring Alabama issue shelte...
04/06/2020
Travel for Essential Workers into States with Shelter-in-Place Orders - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Travel for Essential Workers into States with Shelter-in-Place Orders

As several states neighboring Alabama issue shelter-in-place orders to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, some Alabama residents may have questions about how these directives affect their travel required for work, especially travel related to food and agriculture activities.

Continue reading:https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/farming/travel-for-essential-workers-into-states-with-shelter-in-place-orders/

As neighboring states issue shelter-in-place orders, Alabamians have questions about these affect their work travel required related to food & agriculture.

Coronavirus: Takeout Food SafetyAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal Drug Admi...
04/06/2020
Coronavirus: Takeout Food Safety - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Coronavirus: Takeout Food Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), no current evidence indicates the transmission of COVID-19 by food or food packaging.

Continue reading: https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/food-safety/coronavirus-takeout-food-safety/

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), no current evidence indicates the transmission of COVID-19 by food or food packaging.

Smart Yards Online Series With the current outbreak of COVID-19, people are practicing social distancing and many are go...
04/06/2020
Smart Yards Online Series - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Smart Yards Online Series

With the current outbreak of COVID-19, people are practicing social distancing and many are going under a quarantine. Alabama Extension is committed to providing these individuals educational resources during this time. In an effort to accomplish this, the Extension home grounds team has created several online resources for the public.

Continue reading: https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/landscaping/smart-yards-online-series/

Alabama Extension is committed to providing individuals affected by the coronavirus educational resources. In an effort to accomplish this, the Extension home grounds team, has created the Get Outside with Alabama Smart Yards Series.

Where to Go for Help Paying EmployeesThe CARES Act passed by Congress recently includes the Payroll Protection Program t...
04/06/2020
Where to Go for Help Paying Employees - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Where to Go for Help Paying Employees

The CARES Act passed by Congress recently includes the Payroll Protection Program that enables businesses to continue paying employees. The Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim final rule on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Continue reading: https://www.aces.edu/blog/topics/home-family/where-to-go-for-help-paying-employees/

The CARES Act includes the Payroll Protection Program that enables businesses to continue paying employees.

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54 Kelly Ln
Columbiana, AL
35051

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Extension is university-based knowledge delivered straight to the people where they live and work. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the organization of educators who take cutting-edge research from our land-grant universities, Alabama A&M and Auburn, and turn it into practical uses that improve the lives of people all across our state.

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Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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