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Etowah County Extension Office


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Office Hours: 8:00-12:00; 12:30-4:30
Amy P. Burgess
County Extension Coordinator
Etowah County Annex Building
3200A West Meighan Boulevard
Gadsden, AL 35904
Phone: (256) 547-7936
Fax: (256) 543-9348

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Etowah County

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Blog Headlines

The Journey of Aging is theme for Madison County SAI on October 9

By Wendi Williams on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Sugarcane Aphid Now Found on Sorghum in 15 Alabama Counties

By Kathy Flanders on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm

They're so cute! But leave them alone!

By Mark Smith on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 8:04 am

Save the Date: Farm and Home Rainwater Harvesting Workshop

By Wendi Williams on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Forest Farming webinar today!

By Becky Barlow on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10:16 am

The Next Wave of Fall Armyworm Damage IS HERE!

By Kathy Flanders on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm

HORSE U Workshop Targets Young People

By Maggie Lawrence on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm


About Etowah County

Noccalula Falls - CC License - Flickr user johnnystiletto Originally named Baine County, what is now Etowah County was created in 1866. The county was abolished in 1868 by the state's Constitutional Convention and reestablished on the same day under the name of Etoah, which is from the Cherokee language.

In terms of land area, Etowah is the smallest county in Alabama. Its population of 99,840 is 15 percent black and 85 percent white. Its county seat is Gadsden.

Most people in the county are high school graduates. The county is home to 27 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, 13 high schools, a technical school and one two-year college.

Tourist attractions include Noccalula Falls, a 90-foot waterfall named after a Cherokee princess who, as legend has it, plunged to her death over the falls rather than forsake her true love.

Etowah County's chief agricultural product is poultry. The largest industries in the area are Goodyear Tires and Tyson Foods.

The Extension office employs five people full time and 6 part time. This includes 2 Regional Extension Agents who also work in other counties. There are 11 other REAs who serve Etowah County in specific program areas. The Master Gardener program is very popular, and the Master Gardener horticulture hotline that is located here serves eight northeast Alabama counties. There are around 2,000 young people who participate in traditional 4-H clubs or 4-H enrichment groups in their school or community. Agriculture, Family & Consumer Science, Expanded Foods and Nutrition are other program areas covered by Extension. 

 

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