January 2009
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It’s Time Well Spent in January

Episode 23: January 3 & 4

Jim goes to Jimmy Jones’ longhorn cattle farm near Greenville where he finds the animals’ horn length is more important than their carcass weight.

Grace introduces us to some folks from Eufaula High School who won the Chevron Delo Tractor Restoration Competition at the National FFA Convention. Watch as these students share with us their dedication to the success of their local FFA chapter.

Chuck travels to Mississippi to talk with professional trapper Robert Waddell about proven beaver trapping techniques.

Episode 24: January 10 & 11

Jim travels to Untamed Mountain in DeKalb County to visit Susan and Wilbur McCauley at Tigers for Tomorrow, a wonderful place that is home for, among other critters, very large cats.

Grace visits in Montgomery with Jackie Bushman of Buckmasters to learn more about the Young Bucks activities at the 2008 Buckmasters Expo and how this program is helping hone the skills of Alabama’s youngest hunters.

Chuck will discuss the benefits of using supplemental feeding to provide nutrition for deer during stress periods.  

Episode 25: January 17 & 18

Jim goes to see Joe Sims in Hartselle as he shows off some of his antique and unique musical instruments he’s repaired or built over the years.

Grace visits former FFA member and college freshman, Bethany Lewis of Ashford, whose hard work on the farm has helped make her family’s dairy operation a success. 

Rod Pinkston of Jager Pro shows Chuck how he handles wild hog problems.  

Episode 26: January 24 & 25

Jim makes his way to Alabama Gold Camp in Clay County and talks to Miner Mike about prospecting for gold.

Grace takes us to Talladega, home of the Marianna Greene Henry Arena, where several dynamic young people are overcoming the burdens of physical therapy in some unconventional ways.

Chuck gets with Dr. Lee Youngblood to discuss how to establish a successful chufa plot for turkeys.    

Episode 27: January 31 & February 1

Jim visits D.A. Ray in Trinity and meets some of his unique gourd people creations.

Grace takes us to the small town of Meridianville where each fall one farm family opens its farm and invites North Alabama students to its pumpkin patch and sends them home with a deeper appreciation of agriculture.

Chuck discusses the benefits of working with neighboring landowners to form wildlife management cooperatives and then travels to Ohio to hunt with a co-op that has been practicing quality wildlife management with great success.