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Growing Local: The World of Wine in Alabama Vineyards

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By: Judith Hill Auburn, Alabama — You don’t have to travel to the west coast to experience some of the most amazing and tasty vineyards. That’s right, right here in Alabama there are more than 10 fully operating grape vineyards that welcome visitors daily. Most Alabama natives are unaware of how prevalent grape vineyards are in the state until they ... Read More »

Alabama Extension to Hold Disaster Preparedness Expo March 25 in Huntsville

Huntsville,  Alabama — Natural and manmade disasters have the ability to disrupt lives, and without careful planning can have adverse effects for years to come. To help individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations to better prepare, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25  from ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Launches Avian Influenza Website

avian influenza

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has launched www.AlabamaAvianInfluenza.com in response to the recent confirmed cases of avian influenza in Tennessee. “This website will be Extension’s education portal for consumers, backyard flock owners and commercial operators,” said Dr. Gary Lemme, Alabama Extension director.  “The site features important information on biosecurity measures for backyard keepers in particular.” The website, www.AlabamaAvianInfluenza.com, features ... Read More »

Alabama Agriculture Outlook Meetings Planned

Farm Outlook

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama Extension will hold a series of Alabama Agriculture Outlook meetings across the state in January. Alabama Farm and Agribusiness Resource Management (FARM) professionals will update farmers, producers and agribusiness owners on the current situation of agriculture in the state as well as expectations for 2017. The meetings will look at key elements of the state’s agriculture as well ... Read More »

Resources to Ease Winter Storm Worries

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AUBURN, Ala.—As a winter storm moves across the South, Alabama Extension offers recommendations for how to prepare for ice, loss of electricity and other impacts from the storm. A free online resource is Extension’s Emergency Handbook is filled with information to help you weather this storm successfully.  You can download it to your iPad or iPhone from iBooks. The Emergency Handbook contains more than 100 pages ... Read More »

Drought Continues – Extension Launches Website

AlabamaDrought.com

AUBURN, Ala.— Despite several inches of rain, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that Alabama is still experiencing a drought. More than 66 percent of the state is suffering under extreme or exceptional drought, the two most severe categories. With deficits ranging from 12 to 20 inches for the year, late November and early December rains did little to alleviate long-term ... Read More »

Climate and Crops: A Guide to Variable Climate Farming

 AUBURN, Ala.— Forecasts show a worsening drought expanding across the Southeast. Drought threatens Southeastern states’ economic health. In Alabama alone, major row crops generated more than $663 million in 2015. With crop prices low,  farmers need tools to help ensure that the 2017 season is profitable. Climate and Crops, a new iBook from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Encourages Farmers to Pursue Drought Assistance Options

drought assistance

AUBURN, Alabama–More than 30 counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas because of ongoing drought conditions. Those counties and an additional 15 contiguous counties are eligible for drought assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To help producers battle the threats, the U.S.D.A. offers farmers several drought assistance programs through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Ken Kelley, a ... Read More »

Alabama Extension and Auburn University Gear Up for Sunbelt Ag Expo

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AUBURN,Ala.—When the 39th Sunbelt Ag Expo gets underway October 18 in Moultrie, Georgia, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University’s College of Agriculture will be on hand. Alabama Extension professionals, Auburn faculty and students will showcase research, education and Extension efforts to improve Alabama’s economy and quality of life. College of Agriculture Dean Paul Patterson says that Auburn University has a ... Read More »

Pesticide Applicator University Set for Oct. 26-27

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Green Industry Training Center will host the Pesticide Applicator University, a comprehensive continuing education program for people who have commercial applicator permits, Oct. 26 and 27 at the Opelika Grand National Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika. Dr. Sonja Thomas, coordinator of Alabama Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program, said this conference ... Read More »