September 2019
Inside this Issue:
Preparing for a Disasterpreparefordisaster

The month of September always brings the threat of Hurricanes and possibly the threat of a disaste r.  Are you ready and prepared for any disaster?  The NC Disaster Information Center has lots of helpful information to help you prepare.  Here is a link to the website:   NC Disaster Information Center

As always feel free to contact the N.C. Cooperative Extension-Alexander County Center if you need more information.


P reserving the Harvest

Jams and Jellies
When:  Tuesday, September 24th,  5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost:  $15.00

Making jams and jellies is a great way to enjoy some of your favorite fruits when they are no longer in season.  Join us as we make jams and talk about the difference between jellies, marmalade, preservers and conserves.  In this sessions, we will teach you how to turn fruit and sugar into delicious jams and jellies.  Fee is due at the time of registering.  

September Garden Calendar

2019 Nursery Field Day-September 20th
The Nursery Field Day features the latest ornamental plant production research from around the region. This year's program includes updates on new and emerging pests, labor programs, and innovative technology to make your nursery more efficient. The Nursery Field Day will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hard and Flossie Clark Park in Collettsville, NC.

The event, featuring hands-on educational sessions, equipment demonstrations, and a trade show, will provide 3 NC pesticide credits (categories, L, N, O, D, and X) and NC landscape contractor credits (3L & 1B). To register, please fill out a  registration form.

For more information, N.C. Cooperative Extension-Alexander County Center or email Amanda Taylor, Area Specialized Agent, Nursery and Greenhouse, Western Region at This event is hosted by NC State Extension and the Caldwell County Nursery Association.


2019 Alexander County Junior Livestock Show
The Alexander Junior Livestock Show was recently held at H&H Arena in Taylorsville and coordinated by North Carolina Cooperative Extension - Alexander County. 15 youth, from Alexander and surrounding counties participated. Competitions included showm anship and conformation classes for beef cattle, goats, and sheep. Laura Elmore of Claremont was the official judge for the day and sorted out the following champions:

Beef Cattle Show
  • Senior Showmanship Champion - Chloe Lawson of Hiddenite
  • Junior Showmanship Champion -Emma Hicks
  • Grand Champion Beef Heifer - exhibited by Chloe Lawson
  • Reserve Champion Beef Heifer exhibited by Cayte Mitchell of Hiddenite
  • Champion Steer was shown by Lawson Hicks
Sheep Show
  • Junior Showmanship Champion - Connor Cummings
  • Grand and Reserve Champion Market Lamb exhibited by Connor Cummings
  • Grand Champion Ewe exhibited by Connor Cummings
  • Reserve Champion Ewe exhibited by Olivia Sanner
Goat Show
  • Junior Showmanship Champion - Trent Crouse of Taylorsville
  • Grand and Reserve Champion Market Goat exhibited by Katelyn Pomeroy
  • Grand Champion Doe - Meat Goat exhibited by Kaylee Mecimore of Taylorsville
  • Reserve Champion Doe - Meat Goat exhibited by Colton Mecimore of Taylorsville
  • Grand and Reserve Champion Dairy Goat exhibited by Callie Iversen
Livestock Project Record Book Placings

Cloverbud (7 and under)
  • Katelyn Pomeroy
  • Kaylee Mecimore
  • Colton Mecimore
  • Cayte Mitchell
Junior (8 - 13)
  • Champion - Emma Hicks
  • Reserve - Connor Cummings
Senior (14-18)
  • Champion - Chloe Lawson
  • Reserve - Haley Fortenberry
A huge Thank You to Kent and Colby Herma n of H&H Arena for the facility accommodations. Show Sponsors are as follows: Gold - Alexander County Farm Bureau. Silver - Johnson Milling and Feed and Carolina Farm Credit of Taylorsville. Bronze - G&M Milling and Rocky Creek Vet Services. Thanks to all of our sponsors for their support and encouragement of youth in agriculture!

To see more pictures from this event please visit our Facebook page keyword Alexander County Cooperative Extension.

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Attend the 2020 NC Farm School 
Foothills Area

Realize the dream of owning your own farm...Learn from successful farms of our graduates!
  • Marketing, budgeting, finance, risk management, and farm production training tailored to your goals
  • One-on-one budget consultations with North Carolina State University Specialists
  • Continued events and relationships to help you develop your business beyond 2020 NC Farm School
  • Access to farming resources developed in our program exclusively for NCFS Students
  • Relationships with Extension Agents in your county connecting you to valuable resources
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