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Register for The 2018 Stocker Conference

AUBURN, Ala.—Registration for the 2018 Deep South Stocker Conference, co-hosted by Alabama Extension, is now open. The conference is set for July 13 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Hale County College and Career Academy in Greensboro, Alabama. Mississippi State University Extension and the University of Georgia Extension will also be co-hosting the ... Read More »

Watch Out For Snakes

AUBURN, Ala. – With warmer weather upon us, snakes and other wildlife are more active. It is not uncommon to run across a nonvenomous snake during the summer months. While venomous snakes are known as the bigger threat, nonvenomous snakes can still pose a health risk to people. They do not have venom to harm people, but a snake bite ... Read More »

Successful Food Plots Begin with Soil Testing

AUBURN, Ala. – Many hunters and outdoor enthusiasts plant food plots to help manage deer habitats. Today, more and more deer hunters implement warm and cool season food plots for a variety of purposes. When planting food plots, soil tests are crucial to a plot’s success. Extension professionals discuss the importance and the benefits of soil testing. Soil Testing is ... Read More »

Loewenstein Wins National Award for Leadership in Environmental Education

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension specialist Dr. Nancy Loewenstein received the 2018 Leadership in Education award presented by Project Learning Tree® (PLT). Loewenstein was one of five people awarded at the PLT’s 32nd International Coordinators’ Conference, in Cody, Wyoming. Project Learning Tree is an environmental education program that educates teachers and youth about forests and the environment. This award recognizes people and ... Read More »

Drying Out After a Flood

AUBURN, Ala. — Some Alabama counties received large amounts of rainfall over the past few days. Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to bring large amounts of rainfall to South Alabama. Some areas are under an extreme, significant or elevated threat of flooding for this weekend and early next week. Flooding can cause major damage to buildings and homes. After severe ... Read More »

Alabama’s Most Venomous Snake

AUBURN, Ala. –The eastern coral snake tops the chart as the most venomous snake in Alabama. While not as well-known as other venomous snakes, the coral snake has the most toxic venom of any snake native to the U.S. When bitten, the neurotoxins in the venom can cause a variety of symptoms including muscle weakness and paralysis, as well as ... Read More »

Sunn Hemp: Grazing Option for Producers

AUBURN, Ala. – Sunn hemp is a warm-season legume that producers are adding to their grazing and pasture management plans. Traditionally, producers do not use sunn hemp because of limited seed availability. Now, newer varieties, such as AU Golden and AU Darbin, are available for producers. These new varieties allow the plant to produce seed in moderate climates. Characteristics   Sunn hemp ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Offers Bull Calf Evaluation Workshops

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension is offering a hands-on workshop for purebred producers and bull developers. Alabama beef producers will have a chance to enhance their knowledge on bull calf evaluating and marketing for breeding. Gerry Thompson, an Alabama Extension regional agent of animal science and forages, said the workshop will teach producers how to evaluate and effectively market these ... Read More »

SmartMap Workshop Registration Now Open

AUBURN, Ala.—Calling all forest managers and outdoor aficionados! Registration is now open for SmartMap, a hands-on introductory workshop, providing training for use of smart devices (smart phone and tablets) and UAVs in forest and land management. What to Expect at a SmartMap Workshop Dr. Beau Brodbeck, an Alabama Extension regional agent of forestry and wildlife management, said a variety of ... Read More »

Tariffs Cause Worry Among Alabama Farmers

By: Katie Nichols and Justin Miller AUBURN, Ala. – Recent trade discussions between the United States and China have Alabama producers like Stewart McGill cautious about the future markets of crops. China recently announced a 25 percent tariff on many American export products, including soybeans, cotton and other agricultural products. “As of now, we don’t know what might happen,” said ... Read More »