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Fourth of July Food: Ice Cream

With Independence Day one week away, it’s time to start working on the spread to be shared with friends and family as we celebrate the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. While everyone has their own special barbecue recipe, and watermelons can be picked fresh from your Alabama garden, ice cream is something everyone can enjoy. But ... Read More »

Food Friday: Catfish

Fish Friday is a well-known day in restaurants throughout the South. Catfish is most often served fried, but there are several ways to keep this southern delicacy fresh and new. Try these catfish recipes for a change from the delicious, deep-fried norm. Cheesy Catfish Fillets 3/4 cup dry bread or cereal crumbs 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper 1 ... Read More »

Alabama Forage Update

Alabama producers are riding heat waves as the state swelters following weeks of sporadic rainfall that kicked forage growth into high gear. While producers in some regions have had ample rainfall, other areas are suffering in the dry heat. As farmers work to put up hay for the winter months, Alabama Extension agents are keeping a close eye on the forage ... Read More »

Grass and Forages: Backbone of Beef Cattle Nutrition

Beef — it’s what’s for dinner for many people.  For beef cattle, their primary diet for much of their lives is grass and other forages. This is why cattle farmers are also grass and forage farmers. Forages, including grasses, clovers and other legumes and small grains, are the nutitional foundation for beef cattle in Alabama. Generally mild weather conditions allow Alabama cattle ... Read More »

Forage Focus: National Forage Week

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National Forage Week is June 21 through June 27. But why should consumers care about the role forage crops play in animal agriculture? “Without question, forages are the most important plants on earth. Forages provide most of the nutrition for cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and mules. Forage accounts for about 25 percent of the total value of the U.S. agriculture, ... Read More »

Food Friday: Okra

Okra is a mean, green Southern favorite. Whether fried, boiled or pickled, okra is a great accompaniment for a summertime supper. Learning to fry okra can be intimidating, but the Auburn cookbook can help make it a reality in your kitchen.  If  the okra plants in your garden are producing too much to eat right now, try pickling your okra ... Read More »

Pest Management in the Garden

Are the vegetables in your garden under attack? Summer weather can bring hungry garden pests to feed on luscious green leaves. Alabama Extension Entomologist Ayanava Majumdar said there are ways to curb pest damage in the garden through the use of integrated pest management (IPM) practices. “There are many ways to integrate pest management practices in the garden,” Majumdar said. “Extension ... Read More »

Food Friday: Zucchini

Zucchini from the garden are most often paired with squash cooked on the oven or on the grill. If the zucchini plants are producing a little more than expected, try these recipes from the Auburn Cookbook! Try something new for breakfast or dinner… and share with friends! Zucchini Apple Muffins 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 1/2 cups all-purpose ... Read More »

Making the Older Years Golden

Selma, Ala. — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System partnered with senior citizen service providers from across the Black Belt to celebrate the 25th Annual Senior Citizen Day on May 27. Vendors providing home health care services, healthy meals, medicare assistance and healthy living tips gathered at the Carl Morgan Convention Center, where more than 350 senior citizens from Dallas, Perry, Marengo, Wilcox, ... Read More »

Food Friday: Peachy Peach

Even if it leaves a stain on your shirt, a fresh peach is a Southern summer favorite. How about incorporating this delicious fruit in more places than just cut fruit or breakfast. Stop by the fruit stand on your way home and pick up fresh peaches. Your family will enjoy a delicious peach dessert, using a recipe from the Auburn Cookbook by ... Read More »