Pike County Extension and 4-H

Pike County Extension and 4-H For more information, visit www.aces.edu/Pike or call 334-566-0985 About Pike County
Pike County was organized in 1821 and named for General Zebulon Pike of New Jersey.
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The county first encompassed 1,100 square miles and was so large that it was referred to as the "State of Pike." After other counties were carved out, Pike County was left with 671 square miles. Green Beachamp was one of the first settlers in the area. Monticello was the first county seat. Troy became the county seat in August 1838. At that time, it was called "Deer Stand Hill." Pike County's popu

The county first encompassed 1,100 square miles and was so large that it was referred to as the "State of Pike." After other counties were carved out, Pike County was left with 671 square miles. Green Beachamp was one of the first settlers in the area. Monticello was the first county seat. Troy became the county seat in August 1838. At that time, it was called "Deer Stand Hill." Pike County's popu

Operating as usual

06/30/2021
4-H Summer Day Camp “What’s Cooking” was held on June 23rd. All the youth enjoyed learning about proper handwashing, saf...
06/25/2021

4-H Summer Day Camp “What’s Cooking” was held on June 23rd. All the youth enjoyed learning about proper handwashing, safety tips in the kitchen, and how to prepare some delish dishes!

4-H Summer Day Camp kicked off June 9th with "It's O"Fish"ally Summer".
06/25/2021

4-H Summer Day Camp kicked off June 9th with "It's O"Fish"ally Summer".

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06/23/2021

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!

Alabama’s 16th annual sales tax holiday for school-related items begins today, Friday, July 16, 2021, and will end at midnight Sunday, July 18, 2021, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, books and clothing free of the state’s four percent sales or use tax.

Exempt items include:
* clothing priced at $100 or less per article;
* school supplies valued at $50 or less per item;
* books that cost $30 or less per book; and
* tablets, laptops, computers and printers with a selling price of $750 or less.

More information can be found at https://alabamaretail.org/resources/salestaxholidays/back-to-school/

This training is a great opportunity to get a better understanding about Diabetes and the affects it can have.  We are u...
06/21/2021

This training is a great opportunity to get a better understanding about Diabetes and the affects it can have. We are urging anyone with Diabetes or if you are a caretaker of someone one who has Diabetes to join us. If you have any questions please feel free to call our office at 334-566-0985

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program is an education curriculum designed to help people with pre-diabetes, diabetes, relatives, and caregivers gain a better understanding of diabetes self-care. At least 1 out 3 people will develop diabetes in their lifetime. So, let’s have a DEEP conversation about taking control of your health and managing your diabetes.

Each year the Pike County Extension Office host a Grassroots meeting to evaluate the needs of the county. Please take a ...
06/21/2021

Each year the Pike County Extension Office host a Grassroots meeting to evaluate the needs of the county. Please take a moment to take this survey. Your responses will help us determine program needs for 2022.
https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dgHYnPuxSmAYNYq

Each year the Pike County Extension Office host a Grassroots meeting to evaluate the needs of the county. Please take a moment to take this survey. Your responses will help us determine program needs for 2022.
https://auburn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dgHYnPuxSmAYNYq

Photos from Coffee County - Alabama Extension's post
06/21/2021

Photos from Coffee County - Alabama Extension's post

4-H Camp 2021 was the best!!🍀
06/19/2021

4-H Camp 2021 was the best!!🍀

Today is chick chain pick up!!🐥
06/18/2021

Today is chick chain pick up!!🐥

The boys are having a great time at 4-H camp too!!🍀
06/17/2021

The boys are having a great time at 4-H camp too!!🍀

Having fun at 4-H camp, ready to start our day #2!!🍀
06/17/2021

Having fun at 4-H camp, ready to start our day #2!!🍀

06/14/2021
06/11/2021

Fire ants swarming

We are seeing more and more fire ant swarming! Swarming occurs from spring through late fall. Swarms are especially common a day or two after a rain event that has been preceded by a dry period.
Swarming is also called dispersal flight, which is the way fire ant colonies reproduce themselves and expand their range. Workers make exiting holes on top of the mound and winged, unmated male and female reproducers exit the mound.
These unmated males and females immediately take a flight and mate in the air, often several hundred feet above the ground. They may fly a considerable long distance, sometimes as far as 10 miles from the original colony, although most of them descend to the ground with much shorter distances.
After mating, the males die; females, the queens, land on the ground, shed their wings, burrow into the soil to form their own nests. Only a very small percentage of queens survive after landing. Most queens are killed by other predators such as foraging ants, especially other fire ants, birds, spiders, and some lizards. If a queen ant survives, she lays eggs in the nest to start a new colony.
How do you know the flying ants are fire ants? Fire ant swarmers can be easily differentiated from termite swarmers by three of their characteristics: 1) narrow “waist” between thorax and abdomen, 2) front wings are longer than hind wings, and 3) elbowed antennae. Fire ant swarmers can also be easily identified from other ant species by their relatively large body (about 1/3 inch long) and 2 nodes on the petiole.
What damages swarming fire ants can cause? Beside facilitating range expansion and starting new colonies, winged fire ants, like their workers, can also bite/sting. However, it is highly unlikely they will bite and sting you while flying or searching for a nesting site. They are less aggressive than workers because their only goal is to mate and reproduce.
Swarming fire ants are attracted to reflective surfaces. The shiny surface reflection of water in your pool, a lake or a pond, makes a great landing place. Flying ants themselves in the pool are an annoying problem. The ants in the pool do not sting, but they can be a cause of fish kills. They carry poison sacs in their body that contain a toxin that is reportedly deadly to fish if the ants are consumed. There are reports that fish died from fire ant ingestion.
Additionally, finding fire ants swarming in your yard or swing-pool, or on your farm can be an important signal that a new wave of fire ant colonies will soon establish mounds in the surrounding landscape.
What to do with fire ant swarmers? Clean them up. You can get rid of them with a vacuum, whether a handheld or full-sized vacuum with a hose attachment. Immediately remove the vacuum bag, seal it in air-tight bag so the ants cannot find their way out. Spray pesticides after them land on ground before they dig into the soil will also kill them. To get rid of those landed in your pool, floating items like tennis balls can be used. Ants are not good swimmers and they will attach themselves to the floating balls. After that, collect the tennis balls and kill the ants on them.

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program is an education curriculum designed to help people with pre-diabetes, diabete...
06/09/2021

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program is an education curriculum designed to help people with pre-diabetes, diabetes, relatives, and caregivers gain a better understanding of diabetes self-care. At least 1 out 3 people will develop diabetes in their lifetime. So, let’s have a DEEP conversation about taking control of your health and managing your diabetes.

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program is an education curriculum designed to help people with pre-diabetes, diabetes, relatives, and caregivers gain a better understanding of diabetes self-care. At least 1 out 3 people will develop diabetes in their lifetime. So, let’s have a DEEP conversation about taking control of your health and managing your diabetes.

06/09/2021
06/09/2021
Please contact our office if you would like to take part in a watch party for the pickling and salsa workshop on June 24...
06/08/2021

Please contact our office if you would like to take part in a watch party for the pickling and salsa workshop on June 24th at 5:00pm!!

Please contact our office if you would like to take part in a watch party for the pickling and salsa workshop on June 24th at 5:00pm!!

06/07/2021

We want to congratulate these amazing 4-H youth from across the state that will be serving as STEM League members! They will have many leadership opportunities including planning and implementing STEM Camp August 7-8.

Photos from The Christian Love Community Center's post
06/02/2021

Photos from The Christian Love Community Center's post

Congratulations to Jeremy Speros for being chosen as a Alabama State 4-H Ambassador!
05/28/2021

Congratulations to Jeremy Speros for being chosen as a Alabama State 4-H Ambassador!

Congratulations to Jeremy Speros for being chosen as a Alabama State 4-H Ambassador!

Upcoming Field Crops Scouting School on Thursday June 3rd Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland, Al. Come ...
05/28/2021

Upcoming Field Crops Scouting School on Thursday June 3rd Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland, Al. Come learn about insect and w**d pest ID, use of PGRs in Cotton, management concerns in peanuts for 2021, and more. A sponsored lunch will be provided for those who register.

Upcoming Field Crops Scouting School on Thursday June 3rd Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland, Al. Come learn about insect and w**d pest ID, use of PGRs in Cotton, management concerns in peanuts for 2021, and more. A sponsored lunch will be provided for those who register.

FRESH FRUITS & VEGETABLES FOR SENIORSThe Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded program a...
05/24/2021
Farmers Market Authority

FRESH FRUITS & VEGETABLES FOR SENIORS

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded program administered by the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, Farmers Market Authority Section. The SFMNP provides eligible seniors with $30 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from certified farmers at farmers markets and farm stands in the state of Alabama. Food benefits are available on a first come, first serve basis until available funds are committed. Don’t delay, complete an application today!!!!

Eligibility:
· Age — Must be 60 years of age or older on the day of application , AND
· Income — Applicants’ gross household income must not exceed these limits:
$1,756 monthly … for a household of … 1
$2,371 monthly … for a household of … 2
Visit http://fma.alabama.gov/SeniorNutrition/ if you have more than 2 people in your household.

How to apply: Applicants must apply online on our website: http://fma.alabama.gov. Unfortunately we cannot accept applications over the phone or by mail. If you need assistance or do not have access to a computer, you may ask relative, friend, church member, etc to complete the application for you with the information you provide. If approved, you will receive your vouchers by mail at the address given on your application.
Applicants must reapply every year!

What can I buy with the vouchers?
Fresh fruits; Fresh vegetables; Honey; Cut Herbs

Where can I use the vouchers?
Vouchers can be redeemed at State Certified Farmers Markets, Farm Stands and U-Pick Operations. To view a list by county, visit http://www.fma.alabama.gov/FMCounty.aspx or http://agi.alabama.gov/docs/fma/RedemptionSites
Vouchers cannot be used at a grocery store or any location that is not listed on our redemption site.

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If you would be interested in coming to the Pike County Extension Office and attending a watch party for the Pressure Ca...
05/13/2021

If you would be interested in coming to the Pike County Extension Office and attending a watch party for the Pressure Canning Workshop on May 27th at 5:00pm, please call our office! You may also watch the Pressure Canning Workshop from your own device! Same date and time!! Contact our office for more information.

If you would be interested in coming to the Pike County Extension Office and attending a watch party for the Pressure Canning Workshop on May 27th at 5:00pm, please call our office! You may also watch the Pressure Canning Workshop from your own device! Same date and time!! Contact our office for more information.

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306 S Three Notch St
Troy, AL
36801-4912

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Monday 07:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 07:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 07:30 - 16:00
Thursday 07:30 - 16:00
Friday 07:30 - 16:00

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