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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 »

Emergency Handbook Available for Mobile Devices

emergency handbook

Alabama Extension and WSFA-TV Partner in Emergency Handbook AUBURN, Alabama—Every Alabama family needs to prepare for severe weather. In a single year, the gamut of extreme weather may range from tornadoes in the spring to violent thunderstorms and flash flooding in the summer to fall hurricanes and ice storms in the winter. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a new ... Read More »

Alabama Team Earns Third Place at National 4-H Forestry Invitational

2015 National Forestry Invitational

AUBURN, Alabama—The Alabama 4-H Forestry Judging team placed third among 14 state teams at the 36th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational held recently. Ginny Grace Gibbs, Mollie Watkins, Lydia Abernathy and Amber Watkins from Pickens County earned the right to represent Alabama at the national contest by winning the State 4-H Forestry Contest in June. The Invitational was held at Jackson’s ... Read More »

Gregg Takes Reins of Alabama 4-H

AUBURN, Alabama—Dr. Molly Gregg has been named Alabama Extension’s new assistant director for 4-H programs. Gregg, who brings more than 15 years of experience with Alabama 4-H, assumed the leadership of the state’s largest youth organization on August 1. Dr. Gary Lemme, Alabama Extension director, said Gregg steps into the 4-H leadership role at a critical time for the organization. ... Read More »

Kostelecky Joins Alabama Extension as Assistant Director

Dr. Kyle Kostelecky has been named Alabama Extension’s new assistant director for family and consumer sciences programs. He will also serve as assistant dean for extension in Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences. Dr. Gary Lemme, Alabama Extension director, said Kostelecky brings extensive and diverse professional experience in delivering Extension programs addressing contemporary family issues. “Dr. Kostelecky’s leadership will enhance ... Read More »