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Alabama Poultry Producers Monitor Indiana Avian Influenza Outbreak

avian influenza

Auburn, Ala. – Indiana confirmed the nation’s first outbreak of high pathogen avian influenza in 2016. It was found on an Indiana turkey farm in January. In Alabama, poultry producers continue to monitor flocks and use extensive biosecurity measures to protect the state’s largest agri-business from avian influenza. Dr. Ken Macklin, a poultry scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, ... Read More »

Widespread Zika outbreak unlikely in United States

AUBURN, Ala.—Public health officials are working to contain an outbreak of Zika virus across Central and South America. But scientists at Auburn University do not believe that the United States will face the disease in the numbers appearing in Brazil and other Central and South American nations. Dr. Derrick Mathias, an assistant professor specializing in medical entomology at Auburn University, ... Read More »

All in a Name: Woodchuck, Ground Hog or Whistle Pig

AUBURN, Ala.—Will the woodchuck see his shadow? How much wood would a groundhog chuck? It is not a case of mixed metaphors, but rather multiple names for the same animal. Dr. Mark Smith, a wildlife scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says the barrel-shaped mammal answers to a number of names. “The Latin name is Marmota monax, but people ... Read More »

Happy Holidays from Alabama Extension!

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Alabama 4-H Grows Hope

Alabama 4-H Grows

AUBURN, Ala.–Alabama 4-H grows young people and helps them see the possibilities of who they can become. The state’s largest youth organization builds hope in young people by introducing them to opportunities and challenges that they might not have experienced. Take a moment to watch the video above and learn what Daniel Sullen, an Alabama 4-H alumnus and current Alabama 4-H ... Read More »

Furor over Kissing Bugs Unwarranted

kissing bug

Kissing bugs and Chagas disease posts and shares swept across social media like wildfire just before Thanksgiving. Alabama Extension professionals across the state were inundated with calls, emails and texts from citizens worried about both the disease and how to identify the insect. “People saw a headline or the title of a post and really reacted strongly and quickly,” said ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Expands Estate Planning Program

estate planning

AUBURN, Alabama–Death and taxes—there is that old joke about two certainties in everyone’s life.  But handling even just the basics of estate planning will make life easier for your family after your death. Dr. Robert Tufts, an attorney with Alabama Extension, understands that estate planning can require difficult decisions for some people. “But something is going to happen to everyone ... Read More »

Extension Leads Memorial Garden Effort at Historic Bethel Baptist Church

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—New growth is springing up around the original sanctuary of historic Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham’s Collegeville neighborhood, thanks to a partnership led by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Alabama Extension, the Alabama Green Industry Training Center, Auburn University’s Department of Horticulture and NuFarm Americas guided the effort of creating a Memorial Garden adjacent to the church. Bethany O’Rear, ... Read More »

Legislators Tour Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center

CROSSVILLE, Ala.—Alabama state senator Clay Scofield and state representative Becky Nordgren visited Auburn University’s Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center Friday, Oct. 2. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Dr. Art Appel, interim dean of Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, guided the legislative tour, which featured ongoing research efforts and Extension program efforts. “This research ... Read More »

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Set for November 2015

AUBURN, Alabama—In 2014, fresh market vegetable and melon production in Alabama was valued at more than $20 million, an increase of more than 25 percent over 2013. As Alabama growers look to improve production and their bottom line, the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Fall Conference will give producers the most recent information and research. The conference will be ... Read More »