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State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest Winners Announced

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension’s 4-H state livestock judging contest was held recently at the Wilson Beef Teaching Center at Auburn University. Nineteen teams from 11 different counties participated in the contest. Awards were given for each age division — junior, intermediate and senior. Senior Division Winners The first place team in the senior division was the Lauderdale County team. Members ... Read More »

Tick Problems and Organic Control

Auburn, Ala.– Ticks are blood-feeding external parasites of mammals, birds and reptiles. They are also important vectors of disease-causing agents. According to Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension specialist and Auburn University professor of Entomology, there are two groups of ticks: hard-body and soft-body. The most common species in Alabama are hard-body ticks. These ticks have a shield on ... Read More »

2016 State 4-H Dairy Poster Winners

Auburn, Ala.—The 4-H Dairy Poster Contest has been held annually in Alabama for more than 30 years. The goal of the contest is to get more youth involved in the dairy industry and to help educate youth about the benefits of dairy.   The contest is open to any 4-H’er in the state and is sponsored by Alabama Extension and the Southwest ... Read More »

4-H Give to Grow Innovation

Auburn, Ala. — You have seen the headlines about how U.S. students lag behind on international tests in science, technology, engineering and math, while our international competitors soar. With STEM fields dominating the growth of the global marketplace, enrichment programs such as Alabama 4-H’s “4-H Innovators” are fundamentally necessary to provide young people with the creative environment and outlets to ... Read More »

Ready or Not Hurricane Season is Here

AUBURN, Ala.— The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, will most likely be near-normal. Experts say uncertainty in the climate signals that influence Atlantic storm formation make predicting this season particularly difficult. A total of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes ... Read More »

Extension’s Master Gardeners Making a Difference in Lives of Cancer Survivors

Auburn, Ala.—June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day. It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families and an OUTREACH to the community. There are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the U.S. today, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide. According to Kerry Smith, ... Read More »

New App Helping EFNEP Educators Reach More Hispanic Clients

Auburn, Alabama—Thanks to new iPads and an app called “Speak and Translate” Alabama Extension nutrition educators in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) are reaching more Spanish speaking clients. Approximately eight different class groups are being conducted in Alabama to Spanish speaking clients. The majority of these clients are enrolled in Eating Smart Being Active and Today’s Mom ... Read More »

Explore Living Streams with Alabama 4-H Water Watch Workshops

Auburn, Alabama—The 4-H Alabama Water Watch Program is partnering with five environmental centers around the state to provide a series of workshops for teachers and volunteer educators. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use the Exploring Our Living Streams Biomonitoring and Water Chemistry Monitoring curriculum. The curriculum provides hands-on activities for teaching students about watershed science, and ... Read More »

David Cline Awarded President’s National Volunteer Service Award

Auburn, Alabama – David Cline, an Extension specialist in aquatic resources at Auburn University is one of 125 volunteers recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award is a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service by Winrock International. Cline, contributed 144 hours of volunteer service on international assignments for Winrock’s U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program ... Read More »


Auburn, Alabama—For more than 50 years, the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) has been an integral part of Family and Consumer Science with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. EFNEP teaches limited-resource individuals how to improve their dietary practices and become more effective managers of available resources. “EFNEP, a USDA flagship nutrition education program, is strategically poised to address ... Read More »