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Discovery Drives Innovation: Where Scholarship and Research Meet Real-World Impact

research critical part of Auburn University's mission

By Dr. Steven Leath, Auburn University President An earlier article offered a personal perspective on the enduring relevancy of land-grant universities and proposed three overarching responsibilities leaders of those institutions face in meeting the challenges of the 21st century: Inspiring, educating and preparing students for life; Conducting groundbreaking scholarship and research; and Engaging students, faculty and partners to apply that ... Read More »

The Land-Grant University: Making a 19th Century Concept More Relevant Than Ever

land-grant university

By Dr. Steven Leath, Auburn University President Throughout my career in higher education, I’ve been fortunate to hold positions at some of our nation’s most respected land-grant institutions. I’ve had positions including that of a teacher, a researcher, and university administrator, among others. Today our nation faces social and economic challenges, but what my experience has taught me, and what ... Read More »

Climate and Crops iBook Chosen as Finalist for 2017 Best Book of the Year

climate and crops iBook

AUBURN, Ala.-Alabama Extension’s Climate and Crops iBook was named an international finalist for 2017 Best Book of the Year in Education. Bradley Metrock, organizer of the international iBooks Author Conference and CEO of Score Publishing, said the designation honors the best books in Apple’s iBook Store. “Each year, as part of the international iBooks Author conference, the community of educators, ... Read More »

Protecting Backyard Chickens from Avian Influenza

Protect Backyard Chickens from avian influenza

AUBURN, Alabama–Migratory water fowl are on the move, and with them, the threat of avian influenza. Alabama Cooperative Extension System scientists point out avian influenza is spread by migrating water fowl such as ducks and geese. However, Dr. Joe Hess, an Alabama Extension poultry scientists, said backyard flock owners can follow some easy biosecurity guidelines to help ensure their birds’ ... Read More »

State’s Fruit Growers Understand Managing Cold Weather

cold weather fruit trees

AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama fruit producers are keeping their eyes on the thermometers, but professionals with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System say producers are used to dealing with cold weather. Dr. Edgar Vinson, an Alabama Extension fruit specialist who works closely with the state’s peach producers, said most are not worried about the frigid weather. “This season’s cold weather has kept peaches ... Read More »

Avoid Problems from Winter Weather

winter storm

AUBURN, Ala.—As an Arctic cold front moves in from the west, Alabama Extension offers recommendations for how to prepare for possible snow, loss of electricity and other impacts from the storm. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for much of central Alabama. NWS said the potential for light to moderate snow exists through early Wednesday. ... Read More »

Alabama Beekeeping Symposium Set for Early February

beekeeping

AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host the 23rd Annual Beekeeping Symposium in early February. Set for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, the workshop will be held at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center. “A group of outstanding speakers will cover a broad range of topics that will interest keepers from beginners to veterans,” said Dr. James Tew, beekeeping specialist ... Read More »

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Threat to Vegetable Producers

Yellowmargined leaf beetle feeding

AUBURN, Ala. – Yellowmargined leaf beetle,Microtheca ochroloma, is a major pest of brassicas across the Southeast. Crops like turnips, napa cabbage, mustard, radish and cabbages among others are vulnerable. Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, an Alabama Extension entomologist, said the pest can destroy winter crops. “It doesn’t matter whether those crops are grown in open field or under high tunnels,” he said. ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team Brings Home Reserve Championship

Dairy Quiz Bowl Team

AUBURN, Ala.— An Alabama 4-H team brought home the Reserve Championship prize from the North American 4-H Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl Competition. Brothers Gavin and Ethan Rankins, Rice Nichols and Nathan Gullatt are all Lee County 4-H Club members and represented the state at the Louisville, Kentucky contest. Together, the team gave Alabama its best showing ever at the national ... Read More »

Safeguard Data and Technology in Severe Weather

safeguard data in storms

AUBURN, Ala.–When disasters strike, individuals and businesses all too often lose important computer files. You can replace equipment, but data may be lost forever. It is important to back up your data and store it someplace besides your home or business. This will reduce stress after a disaster and enable a quicker return to normalcy. Where to Back Up You can ... Read More »