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Beware of Ticks this Summer

AUBURN, Alabama — Ticks are abundant and aggressive in many places across the county. In recent years, research has raised concerns about the prevalence, misdiagnosis and emergence of tick-borne illnesses that pose serious health risks. To avoid illness, it is important to take proactive steps that limit exposure and enable you to quickly identify disease symptoms and seek medical help. ... Read More »

Thigpen Joins Alabama 4-H Foundation Board

AUBURN, Alabama — Carl S. Thigpen joined the Alabama 4-H Foundation Board recently. Thigpen is executive vice president and chief investment officer of Protective Life Corporation, a post he has held since 2007. He is also president of Protective Investment Advisors. “We look forward to Carl Thigpen serving on the 4-H Foundation Board,” said Tommy Elliott, secretary-treasurer of the Alabama 4-H ... Read More »

Are you Ready? Stock Basics for Emergencies

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AUBURN, Ala. – A tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico appears poised to be the first tropical storm to make landfall in the United States this year. The National Weather Service has warned that the system’s rains mean significant flash flooding is possible. Coastal Alabama is at higher risk,  but the entire state could be at risk from the ... Read More »

Hurricane Preparedness–Are You Ready?

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AUBURN, Alabama —The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, and the peak period of the season is August through October.  Now is the time to make sure you have completed your hurricane preparedness tasks. A major hurricane is one that is Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. It has sustained winds greater than 110 miles per ... Read More »

Hurricane Season Begins June 1

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AUBURN, Alabama — The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. That week throughout the nation is Hurricane Awareness Week. A campaign led by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and storm-vulnerable states are encouraging residents to increase their awareness and preparedness for the upcoming hurricane season. The peak period of the season is August through ... Read More »

Maintaining Pond Fertility for Good Fishing

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By William Heartsill AUBURN, Alabama — Spring and summer bass and bluegill fishing is in full swing. While it is a little late this year to start, you can still manage the fertility of your pond to keep the fishing good for the rest of the season. Dr. Rusty Wright, an Alabama Extension fisheries specialist, has some advice on how ... Read More »

Thirteenth Annual Alabama 4-H Golf Classic is June 15 at FarmLinks Golf Course in Sylacauga

Auburn, Alabama — Golfers from around the state will interact with Alabama youth, reconnect with one of the largest youth development organizations and play one of Alabama’s unique courses during the 13th annual Alabama 4-H Golf Classic at FarmLinks Golf Course in Sylacauga. Set for Tuesday, June 15, the classic will give the public an opportunity to learn about 4-H ... Read More »

Struempler Receives the 2017 National Jeanne M. Priester Award

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AUBURN, Alabama —Dr. Barbara Struempler received the Jeanne M. Priester Award in the Leadership May 3 for her exemplary leadership to Alabama Extension and Cooperative Extension nationwide in the area of health and wellness. Her Extension career embodies the use of research generated by land-grant universities to achieve lasting, measurable and practical results, notably the upward mobility of countless millions ... Read More »

Doyle Keasal Receives 2017 Outstanding Project Learning Tree Educator of the Year Award

 Auburn, Alabama —  Doyle Keasal, an Alabama Extension 4-H environmental education specialist in forestry, wildlife and natural resources, was chosen as the 2017 Alabama Project Learning Tree Educator of the Year. He is funded through a partnership between the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF). Selection of Alabama’s PLT Outstanding Educator is based on commitment to environmental ... Read More »

Alabama Water Watch Offering Workshops in May and June

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AUBURN, Alabama — Alabama Water Watch will conduct several Exploring Our Living Streams workshops in May and June at various locations in the state.  Educators, including teachers, informal educators and volunteers are invited to register and attend. Participants will be certified to use Alabama Water Watch’s Exploring Our Living Streams curriculum, which encourages a hands-on approach to teaching students about ... Read More »