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DeKalb County Extension Office

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Office Hours: 7:45-12:00 12:30-4:15
Lori Wheeler
County Extension Coordinator
500 Grand Ave. SW, Suite 300
Fort Payne, AL 35967-1716
Phone: (256) 845-8595
Fax: (256) 845-8596

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DeKalb County

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The Next Wave of Fall ArmyWorm Damage is HERE!

Alabama's New Animal Identification Rules

Alabama Extension Poultry Team Educating Consumers

2014 Fire Ant Control Materials for Alabama Homeowner's

You Have Fire Ants Where?

Learn About Bats and How To Manage Them

Controlling Summer Weeds in Pastures and Hayfields

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Information on composting, energy, water, home environments and more.

Newsletter - Animal Science & Forages
By: Landon Marks, REA

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Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative   Fireants

Farm Safety Healthy Homes Partnership Alabama Master Gardener Program

Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

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For more information on Soil Testing please visit:
Soil Testing Laboratory at Auburn University

Soil Testing Kits are available at the County Extension Office


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Home Food Preservation Cookbook

Available for purchase at the DeKalb County Extension Office.

Visit our Food Safety website for more food preservation and related publications.


Auburn Cookbook
The Auburn Cookbook

Available for purchase at the DeKalb County Extension Office.

The Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Cook and Only $15.00!


Blog Headlines

Update on Sugarcane Aphids in Alabama, July 2, 2015

By Kathy Flanders on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Humid + Muggy = Humugity

By Virginia Morgan White on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Don't Spray Those Sugarcane Aphids Too Soon!

By Kathy Flanders on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 9:13 am

Squash Pollination Problems

By Kerry Smith on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Watch for fall armyworms in summer grass forages

By Kathy Flanders on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Sugarcane Aphids Well Established on Sorghum in Central and SE Alabama, Already Sprayed in SW Alabama

By Kathy Flanders on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

IPM Strategies for Managing Sugarcane Aphid in Alabama Sorghum

By Kathy Flanders on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm

About DeKalb County

Named after Revolutionary War hero Maj. Gen. John Baron DeKalb, DeKalb County was established in 1836. Its county seat is Ft. Payne.

The rural county's population of 68,014 is 1.8 percent black, 95.9 percent white and 9.5 percent hispanic. The average education level attained is 10th grade. The county has 14 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, nine high schools, a technical school and one two-year college.

The county is home to Cloudmont, the only ski resort in Alabama. Other tourist attractions include Little River Canyon, DeSoto State Park, Sequoyah Caverns, Mentone, Bucks Pocket and Lookout Mountain, the home of the country music group "Alabama."

DeKalb County leads the state in swine production and is second in poultry production. The county is also the third largest cattle producer in the state. Its main industry is hosiery mills.

The Extension office employs three people full time and one person part time. Active programs include Master Cattle Producers, DeKalb Poultry Producers, DeKalb Master Gardeners and the DeKalb Fair--the largest agricultural fair in the state. The 4-H program involves 800 youth throughout the county.

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