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Ways to Reduce Heating Bills This Winter

Auburn, Alabama—The price of natural gas has risen and will continue to rise, putting the bite on nearly every household in America.   The rising prices are due in part to natural disasters that affected the supply of natural gas, but also due in part that natural gas is a nonrenewable resource, and it is getting more expensive over time for ... Read More »

Stress Eating Not Good For You

Auburn, Alabama — In times of a trouble, economic or otherwise, stress becomes a major factor in many people’s lives. News reports tell of the vast increase of people being treated for panic attacks due to stress.  Almost everyone is familiar with the term “stress eating,” which simply means to eat everything in sight without having any control.  It may ... Read More »

Grant Writing Webinar on Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program is Feb. 3

The Increasing Trend of Locally Sourced Products

Auburn, Alabama– A free webinar focusing 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 (LFPP) is set for Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. until noon. Local Food Promotion Program planning grant awards range from $25,000 to $100,000. The LFPP implementation grant awards range ... Read More »

Chilton Area Peach Production Meeting Tuesday, Jan.24 at 3 p.m.

Peach Crop Insurance

Researchers and Growers Discuss Effects of Warm Winter    The 2017 Chilton Area Peach Production Meeting will be heldTuesday, Jan. 24 at the Alabama Power Company Building, 2030 7th St. S (US Hwy 31 just north of I-65 Exit 205) in Clanton from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Supper will be served.  At 3 p.m. the new Grower Exhibition will open ... Read More »

The 22nd Annual Beekeeping Symposium Feb. 4 in Clanton

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Auburn, Alabama –The Alabama Cooperative Extension System invites you to the 22nd Annual Beekeeping Symposium at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center. The symposium is set for Saturday, Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Early registration is open until Jan. 20 and the fee is $35. After Jan. 20, registration will be at the door only and the registration ... Read More »

Alabama Bee Workshop Dec. 12-14 in Auburn

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Auburn, Alabama — Bees are fundamental to ensuring that Alabama’s farms can produce a diversity of food. The Bee Biodiversity Initiative at Auburn University will host an Alabama Bee Workshop Dec. 12-14 on the Auburn campus. Attendees will brainstorm about how to harness the state’s native bees, flies and butterflies to help Alabama farmers produce high quality food along with ... Read More »

Planning Ahead Can Help Keep Santa Out of Debt

Auburn, Alabama — Every year, thousands of Americans go into debt during the holidays because Santa and his elves went a little over budget. With Christmas shopping, increasing prices and hosting holiday parties, it is no wonder consumers have trouble staying out of debt. Plan Ahead Gloria Marks, a regional Extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says it is easy ... Read More »

Get Advice and Recipes from Food Hotlines

 Auburn, Alabama—Many food companies have hotlines that offer help with holiday cooking and baking. “If you’re stumped on the best way to thaw, prepare or cook a turkey, have a baking-related question or are concerned about food safety, give the folks below a call,” said Dr. Jean Weese, an Extension food safety scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Many of ... Read More »

Alfa Dorm at Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center Rededicated

Columbiana, Alabama — Members of the Alabama 4-H Foundation, Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation gathered at the Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center in Columbiana Nov. 10 for a special ribbon cutting rededicating the Alfa Dorm. “The Alfa Dorm at the Alabama 4-H Center has housed thousands of young 4-H campers since its construction in 1984.  The renovation of ... Read More »

4-H Give to Grow Scientists

For nearly 10 years, youth in Lauderdale County have enjoyed the challenge of building and programming Lego Robots. The fun started with the Lego RCX units, and has evolved to include the Lego Mindstorm robots and the newest Lego EV3 robots. Hattin Berryman, a seventh grader at Waterloo School, has been in the club for three years. “4-H came to ... Read More »