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Helping Your Child Cope With Severe Weather

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AUBURN, Ala. -Following a disaster, children may be angry, afraid of the disaster recurring and afraid to be alone or sleep alone. Children may start behaving like they did when they were younger. They might start sucking their thumbs, wet the bed or want to be held. Children could also experience symptoms of illness such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, fever ... Read More »

Ag Discovery Adventure Set For Sept. 23

AUBURN, Ala. – The sixth annual Ag Discovery Adventure is set for Saturday, Sept. 23, at the E.V. Smith Research Center in Shorter, Alabama. Ag Discovery Adventure has many hands-on activities for the entire family. While at the event, people will learn about about agriculture and their food supply and ask questions they may have about the industry. Ag Discovery Adventure ... Read More »

Silverleaf Whitefly: Devastating to Cotton Industry

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AUBURN, Ala. – The silverleaf whitefly (SLWF) is proving to be a big problem for cotton producers in Alabama. First found in Alabama in 1997, SLWF feeds on cotton plants and has been active in the Southeast the last few years. In 2016, SLWF heavily infested cotton crops in several counties surrounding Tifton, Georgia. Now, SLWF has spread over much ... Read More »

Fall Armyworm Outbreak in Alabama Pastures

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AUBURN, Ala. – Damaging populations of fall armyworms have been found in 8 Alabama counties. While that is far fewer counties than last summer, it is important to check valuable forage grasses. Armyworm caterpillars are detrimental to cattlemen and forage producers. The damage can seem to appear overnight. Dr. Kathy Flanders, an Alabama Extension Entomologist, said that the  fall armyworm ... Read More »

Triple E Virus Deadly to Horses and Humans

AUBURN, Ala. – Summer brings a heightened risk of mosquito borne illnesses. Eastern equine encephalitis is one of the most deadly. Known as EEE or sleeping sickness and commonly associated with horses, only a few human cases are reported in the United States annually.  But according to the Centers for Disease Control, EEE ranks as one of the most severe ... Read More »

2017 Forage Conference set for Nov. 29

AUBURN, Ala. – Cattle producers should make plans now to attend the 2017 Alabama Forage Conference Nov. 29 at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula, Alabama. The conference begins with registration at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. In addition to the conference, there will be a pre-conference tour of the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland, Alabama. That tour ... Read More »

Climate and Crops iBook Wins ASABE Award

AUBURN, Ala.- Alabama Extension’s Climate and Crops iBook received an Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The ASABE is the home of agriculture engineers and others worldwide who work to find sustainable solutions for an ever-growing population. The Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards Competition, recognizes excellence in informational materials. These materials contribute ... Read More »

Alabama State 4-H Horse Show Moves to Rainsville

AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama State 4-H Horse Show, set for July 6-9, moves to a new location.  This year, the Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center in Rainsville will host the event. Dr. Courteney Holland, an Alabama Extension equine specialist,  said that moving the show to Rainsville offered a number of benefits. “This is a great area that is family-friendly with ... Read More »

Charitable Donations Are Option for Produce Growers

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AUBURN, Ala. – Farmer’s markets, roadside stands and grocery stores are traditional ways producers sell and promote their products. While these ways are great outlets, farmers are starting to utilize other nontraditional ways. Sometimes, producers have extra produce that they cannot sell. Producers are able to donate their additional produce through charitable donation or “gleaning”. Gleaning has a unique history to ... Read More »

Michelle Elmore Awarded BIF Continuing Service Award

AUBURN, Ala. – For more than 16 years, Michelle Elmore has dedicated her career to the betterment of the cattle industry and the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA). All those years of hard work paid off when the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Elmore a BIF Continuing Service Award. This award is presented to those who have made major ... Read More »