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Going Beyond: Additional Markets for Fruit and Vegetable Producers

peach producers pick

AUBURN, Alabama–With another growing season under way, Alabama’s fruit and vegetable producers should consider less well-known marketing options to sell their harvest.  Kevin Burkett, an agribusiness management specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said while farmers markets, grocery stores, roadside stands and wholesale distribution are good options, they are not the only marketing outlets available to farmers. “Producers may ... Read More »

Alabama Stormwater Forum Set for May

stormwater

AUBURN, Ala. — Spring showers are usually welcome, but when showers turn into storm, they can wash pollutants into lakes and waterways. Polluted runoff is the major contributor to water pollution in Alabama and the United States. The Alabama Stormwater Forum offers an opportunity to learn about different technologies and strategies to manage stormwater pollution. The forum is May 11-12 and will ... Read More »

Statewide Extension Partners take steps to build a culture of health April 24-28

health exercise

Normal, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit is taking its first steps toward “Building a Culture of Health” by leading a health and wellness initiative across the state of Alabama. During the week of April 24-28, Extension staff from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU), Auburn University, and Tuskegee University will conduct various local or ... Read More »

Growing Local: The World of Wine in Alabama Vineyards

vineyards

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 »

Mullenix Honored by Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association

CLANTON, Ala. – The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA) recently named Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist as the 2016 Outstanding Extension Educator.  The Outstanding Extension Educator Award is presented to recognize and honor an exceptional Extension Educator and their support and implementation of beef cattle performance programs in Alabama. Mullenix, who is also an Auburn University ... 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

winter storm

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 »