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Protecting Backyard Chickens from Disease

Protect Backyard Chickens from avian influenza

AUBURN, Ala.–The popularity of raising your own backyard chickens continues to grow. A poultry scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says it is vital that people with backyard flocks do their part to reduce disease spread. Dr. Joe Hess, an Alabama Extension specialist who works with both large commercial poultry producers as well as with backyard poultry hobbyists, says ... Read More »

4-H Give to Grow Generosity-Chelsey Holland

Brundidge, Ala.—When Pike County 4-Her Chelsey Holland was 14 years old she became a philanthropist. She started “Runway of Hope” to raise awareness of children suffering from disabilities, chronic or life threatening illnesses and for those who may have lost an individual due to these illness. “Generosity is important because first and foremost it tells others who you are inside and out. You are plentiful for ... Read More »

Rainwater Harvesting Could Revolutionize Poultry Industry

Rainwater harvesting

AUBURN, Ala.—Raising broiler chickens takes water—a lot of water. But rainwater harvesting could substantially reduce Alabama poultry growers’ dependence on municipal water sources or well water and reduce growers’ annual water bill by as much as $16,000 or more and pay for itself in as few as four to five years. Dr. Gene Simpson, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Has New Gardening Tool

gardening iBook

AUBURN, Ala. – Warm weather lures gardeners and homeowners to garden centers and large home improvement retailers like moths to a flame. But adding new plants to the landscape without planning can cause problems. But the latest addition to Alabama Extension’s “Gardening in the South” iBook series can solve that problem for trees, shrubs and plants that are year-round elements in the ... Read More »

Food Entrepreneur Conference Set for April 27-28

food entrepreneur

AUBURN, Ala.–Last year, more than 40 aspiring and up-and-coming food entrepreneurs attended the Food Entrepreneur Conference in Auburn to learn more about starting their own food business. Patricia Barnes, or “Sister Schubert,” shared the story of how she got her Parker House-style yeast rolls – a family recipe – into grocery stores nationwide, and marketing guru John Marsh talked about ... Read More »

Symposium Aims to Minimize Stormwater Impacts


AUBURN, Ala.— The floods of Christmas 2015, which gathered national attention, did more than $6.7 million in damage to Alabama’s roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. Less dramatic, but just as important, is managing the more frequent, smaller storm events that wash pollutants into lakes and waterways. Polluted stormwater runoff is the major contributor to water pollution in Alabama and ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Work with Organic Producers Recognized Nationally

organic producers

AUBURN, Ala.— Insects are a significant problem for Alabama’s conventional fruit and vegetable growers, but for the state’s organic producers, they are a huge problem. Organic growers have a strong ally in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. A team led by Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist, has used grants from the Sustainable Agriculture and Education (SARE) program to identify new ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Conducting Grant Workshop to Support Local Foods

farmers market grant workshop

AUBURN, Ala. – A free workshop designed to help Alabama farmers and others develop grant applications will be held Friday, April 1, in Selma. Sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the workshop will focus on effective grant writing strategies for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) programs such as the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program. ... Read More »

University Workshop Offers Fun and Educational Way to Learn about Dairy Goats

dairy goat

AUBURN, Ala.– Dairy Goat Awareness Introductory Resource for Youth is an educational workshop for youths and adults that will teach the students about the U.S. Dairy Goat Industry. Dairy Goat U will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stone Hollow Farmstead, 2006 Dead Hollow Road North, Harpersville, Ala. 35078. The different classes ... Read More »

Warm Weather Not Welcome for Peach Growers

peach orchard

CLANTON, Ala.—Sunny, mild days with highs in the 60s and 70s are the last thing Alabama’s peach growers want. A peach expert with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says growers would prefer cooler weather until bloom time. “We are behind on chill hours this year,” said Gary Gray, an Alabama Extension regional commercial horticulture agent. “Varieties grown in Alabama may ... Read More »