We work with 1 in 4 Alabamians—1.2 million success stories.

Here are a few.

Volunteers Expand Our Reach

  • Extension Master Gardener volunteers represent 97 full-time equivalent employees valued at $3,646,422.
  • 4-H program volunteers represent 40 full-time equivalent employees valued at $1,520,650.
  • 509 individuals volunteering in urban programs represent 5.5 full-time equivalent employees valued at $259,933.
  • 3,523 students contributed 62,070 hours to 89 agencies through the Service Learning Network at Alabama A&M University—a value of $1.3 million.

Digital Media Engage Audiences

  • ACES Facebook traffic has increased 139% since 2013 making it the most highly engaged Extension Facebook site in the South.
  • An ACES iBook, Gardening in the South, represents 66% of sales compared to 33% for print copies. Four iBook titles are now available.

4-H Youth Development

  • Nine additional 4-H Foundation agent positions were added in 2014.
  • 4-H is present in more than 50% of Alabama schools.
  • 138,675 young people are reached by 1,863 community and school-based clubs, camps, enrichment programs, and local activities.
  • 3,212 young people in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) initiatives in 22 counties with 1,071 engineering design prototypes built by youth teams.
  • 6,000 young people filled leadership roles at the club, county, and state levels.
  • Teens Getting Involved for the Future (TGIF) has been helping reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease for 18 years.
  • 1,600 direct 4-H volunteers and 14,361 resource volunteers contributed to 4-H programs.
  • 1,354 seventh graders participated in the All Stars program to promote positive behaviors.

Alabama A&M Youth Development

  • The Life Skills program has reduced alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use by 50% to 75% among the 150 seventh graders
  • 140 young people were introduced to science, technology, engineering, and math through students and professionals in these fields. 34% at STEM Day decided on a science career.
  • Alabama Health Rocks! educated 19,370 young people about peer pressure, stress, making wise decisions, and developing positive values. 95% increased knowledge of tobacco and drug use risks.
  • Teens Making Impacts helped 411 students make healthy eating choices, become more physically active, manage stress, make career choices, and set new goals.

Financial Literacy

  • 1,064 participants in 15 urban counties enhanced their job search skills.
  • 3,000 low resource individuals learned money management skills to avoid financial risks, indebtedness, and bankruptcy.
  • 147,450 older adults and caregivers learned about estate planning with the Seniors Can curriculum.

Safe and Secure Food Supply

  • 18,000 family members in 39 counties made better food choices and ate healthier for less money.
  • 94% of 2,593 low resource families learned food safety and preparation techniques to combat foodborne illness through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.
  • 2,098 pounds of fresh food were produced by a Florence community garden serving a low-income community that included veterans and individuals with physical disabilities.
  • 21 of 82 attending 8 Good Agricultural Practices workshops became GAP-certified ensuring safer food sold to retail establishments and schools.
  • Food safety certification classes have improved safety of food in retail establishments and increased income for those earning certification.
  • 530 home gardeners learned techniques to increase muscadine grape production through ACES workshops, demonstrations, and interactions.
  • The Shoals Master Gardeners, along with 18 other Master Gardener groups around the state, mentored community food gardens producing more than 14 tons of produce.

Health and Wellness

  • Body Quest is improving the health of Alabama third graders: 62% of participants eat more fruits and vegetables, 77% choose water over sugary beverages, and 92% are physically active.
  • 3,433 adults are better couples, better workers, and better community members after participating in relationship and marriage education classes.
  • 2,301 young people learned to manage bullying in the 7-week Be SAFE program.
  • 170 family child care providers earned 12,443 hours of training in the Family Child Care Partnership.
  • The Grand Relatives as Parents Program helped more than 3,000 grandparents learn to deal with grandchildren or young relatives in the home.
  • Urban Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, primarily targeting Hispanic audiences, helped 142 young people and 88 adults learn to make better food choices and prepare food safely.
  • 350 young people and 1,327 adults in Urban SNAP-Ed learned to improve their health through basic nutrition, physical activity, and better diets.

Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Systems

  • ACES partnered with Buckmasters to deliver natural resource management information to 4,539,006 outdoor enthusiasts in North America.
  • Beef producers using Extension-recommended management and health protocols realized an average $162.12 per head more in marketing over weekly auction sales—$860,000 for 5,516 head.
  • Bulls sold at Beef Quality Improvement Association events had an average $475 net gain per animal.
  • The vegetable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program had an adoption rate of 70% in vegetable crops, preventing losses of 50% or more on 500 farms.
  • Alabama tomato production increased by 26% in 2014.
  • Producer training and direct contact resulted in increased profits of $439 per acre or a $4.9 million direct statewide impact.
  • Soybean growers were advised to treat 100,000 at-risk acres for frogeye leaf spot, setting the stage for a 20% increase in yields worth $12.1 million.
  • IPM tactics for insect control in stored grain increased value of cereal crops by $1 per bushel. One farmer with on-farm storage capacity of 300,000 bushels increased income by $300,000.
  • More than 29,000 acres of corn were treated for southern rust based on ACES pest alerts and treatment recommendations.
  • $50 to $75 per acre savings on 200,000 acres with improved weed control for corn and cotton resulted in an extra $10 to $15 million for Alabama farmers.
  • Target spot recommendations from Extension eliminated the overuse of fungicides, resulting in savings of $6,000,000.
  • 834 regional goat and sheep producers improved herd health and increased profitability 5% to 20%.

Environmental Stewardship

  • Extension helped start 14 commercial oyster farms (an impact of $3 million) and engaged 82 hobbyist gardeners to produce 59,330 oysters at 41 sites.
  • 335 homeowners in Alabama Urban Home*A*Syst workshops learned to avoid home environmental risks.
  • 10,753 pounds of electronic waste recycled through the E-Waste Institute.
  • 2,629 individuals using 284 rain barrels saved 7,040 gallons for irrigating noncommercial gardens through the Water Wheels mobile laboratory.
  • 87% of 1,040 home gardeners adopted the IPM practices taught in the Home Grown and All Bugs programs.

Community and Workforce Development

  • 4,400 high school students set education and career goals and became proactive in preparing for the future.
  • The Virtual Entrepreneurship Center helped 59 candidates with 14 new or expanded businesses.
  • 54 Alabama economic developers, elected officials, and other community leaders participated in the 31st annual Intensive Economic Development Training Course.