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Food Friday: Pumpkin

AUBURN, Ala.— Fall is here — and bringing with it, a craving for some fall-tasting treats. Pumpkins are more than a yard or porch decoration! The large vegetable can be used in a variety of ways, giving your tastebuds a delicious taste of fall. These recipes from the Alabama Extension Auburn Cookbook are sure to make the list of goodies ... Read More »

Extension Professionals Present NEFE Program, Equip Teachers

SELMA, ALA.—Alabama Extension professionals presented a workshop on the High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) to Dallas County area educators recently at the Dallas County Farmers Co-Operative. The program, fully funded by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and cost-free for educators, offers a full set of resources developed to facilitate interactional education between teens in grades eight through 12 ... Read More »

Cotton Byproducts Supplement Cattle Feed

AUBURN, Ala. — While producers across the state are harvesting cotton, livestock owners are gearing up to purchase cotton byproducts to supplement minerals and feeds throughout the winter months. Alabama Extension beef specialist Kim Mullenix, said the Southeast is one of the largest cotton producing areas in the U.S., with Alabama contributing significant acreage to the regional total. This makes cotton byproducts ... Read More »

Corn and Wheat Short Course to be held in Auburn

AUBURN, Ala.—The 2015 Alabama Corn and Wheat Short Course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 14-15. Presenters from Auburn University,  the Alabama Cooperative Extension System,  other land grant universities, industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will address a variety of topics pertaining to corn and wheat growth. Alabama Extension small grains specialist Brenda ... Read More »

Keeping Creepy-Crawlies Out of your Home

Wolf Spider. Photo courtesy of Joseph Berger, bugwood.org

AUBURN, Ala.—Fall weather brings cooler temperatures and beautiful outdoor weather. It also brings spiders and insects looking for a warm place to overwinter. These creepy-crawlies can cause an issue if the right preventative measures are not taken. Alabama Extension Entomology and Plant Pathology Specialist, Dr. Xing Ping Hu, said most of the spiders entering a home are timid and nocturnal, likely ... Read More »

Beware — It’s the Zombie Ant Apocalypse!

AUBURN, Ala. — Movie theaters aren’t the only places featuring zombies throughout the month of October. Phorid flies are scouting out fire ant mounds, seeking to form armies of zombie ants. Some species of phorid flies, native to South America, naturally target fire ants as a laying ground for their eggs. Of the more than 4,000 species of phorid flies, nearly 20 ... Read More »

Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference Set for December 2015

AUBURN, Alabama–The Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference is set for Thursday, Dec. 10, at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula. Online registration is open on the Alabama Forages webpage and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association webpage. Alabama Extension forage specialist Dr. Jennifer Johnson said this year’s theme “Forward Thinking with Forage Systems” was developed to encourage producers to consider the impacts of forage management beyond the ... Read More »

Fire Ants Riding Flood Waters

AUBURN, Ala. — Following a flood, humans and insects are generally forced from their homes in search of dry ground. In many Southern areas where Imported Red Fire Ants are common, the displacement of the insects can lead to potentially serious medical issues. Why Do Fire Ants Float? Floodwaters do not kill fire ants. Instead, these insects crawl out of their ... Read More »

Pumpkin Picking and Preserving

Photo by: shutterstock.com/RomianaLee

Several months of cultivation and care go into making a pumpkin grow. When October rolls around, these pumpkins will be ready to pick and show off on your porch for Halloween and even in cornucopias into the Thanksgiving season. Harvesting Pumpkins Alabama Extension Horticulturist Dr. Joe Kemble said pumpkins are generally ready for harvest 90 days after planting, depending on the ... Read More »

Volunteers Irreplaceable Assets in 4-H Programs

Photo courtesy of 4-H photo library.

Auburn, Alabama —April 10 through 15  is National Volunteer Week, and a great time to say thank you to all of the volunteers that contribute to Alabama 4-H. The youth development and education program of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System,  4-H is a program designed to foster skill development in young people. For more than 100 years, Alabama 4-H has helped ... Read More »