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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 »

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 »