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What have you done for your heart lately?

Auburn, Alabama — It is already February. Where did January go and all those New Year’s resolutions? You were going to stop smoking and start exercising and eating better, but then life happened and those resolutions went out the door. Just remember, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” and try again. Your heart will appreciate it. ... Read More »

Blooming Chocolate Not Harmful

Auburn, Ala.– If you are buying chocolates for someone special on Valentine’s Day and notice some whitish discoloration on the surface of the chocolate, don’t be alarmed. The chocolate is safe to eat. Fat Bloom The whitish discoloration is called “fat bloom” which occurs when cocoa butter separates from the crystallized chocolate mixture and comes to the surface, say Dr. ... Read More »

Buying Valentine Roses

Auburn, Alabama—Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and many consumers are planning to buy flowers and candy for their sweethearts. People often associate roses with this holiday and wonder why the cost of commercial roses is higher in February than in any other month of the year. “It takes about eight weeks for a commercial rose bush to produce ... Read More »

2017 Webinars for Extension Commercial Horticulture

Auburn,Ala.– The Commercial Horticulture Extension Team organizes webinars to provide quick updates for producers on various topics of interest. Whether you are interested in the proper way to plant fruit trees or have questions in turf management, these webinars cover a wide range of subjects. Webinars are streamed live via Panopto on the last Monday of every month starting in January and ... Read More »

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 »