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Bayer-Monsanto Deal Impacts Farmers

By Hunter Reardon Auburn, Alabama —The proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger, which will bring both chemical companies under the Bayer umbrella, could have a significant impact on cotton seed prices. Other seed prices may not be impacted for now, says Alabama Extension economist Max Runge, though other mergers down the road could pose a different set of issues. The German pharmaceutical giant, Bayer, ... Read More »

AlProHealth – A Win-Win Partnership between CDC, Alabama Extension’s EFNEP Program and SNAP-ED

Auburn, Alabama — A perfect example of the win-win partnership between a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant, Alabama Extension’s EFNEP program and SNAP-Ed is found in Tuskegee, Alabama, a rural community of 8,800 residents. The poverty rate there is 29 percent and 96 percent of the population is African-American. Similar to a three-year CDC grant, Alabama Preventing and ... Read More »

Moss in My Yard

AUBURN, ALA.—Help! Moss is taking over my yard and killing the grass. Actually, ground moss is not killing the grass, but it is a strong indication that you have some landscape problems. Moss consists of tiny plants that form a habitat for small invertebrates. Most mosses are native and benign, part of a natural succession of vegetation. They cover bare ground ... Read More »

Rare White Squirrel Spotted on Auburn University Campus

AUBURN, Alabama — In the novel Moby Dick, Captain Ahab searches for an elusive white whale. Now, Auburn University students and faculty have their own quest trying to spot a rare white squirrel scurrying up and down the trees behind the Fisheries building on campus. Dr. Troy Best, an Auburn University biological sciences professor, has seen the white squirrel several times from a distance. There ... Read More »

Extension launches new drought website

drought assistance

AUBURN, Ala. – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System launched a new website this week to help farmers and producers combat drought conditions. Alabama is experiencing exceptionally dry conditions this year. Some parts of the state need as much as 15 inches of rain to break the drought. This new website includes several news articles and educational resources by Alabama Extension specialists. These resources ... Read More »

Getting rid of fruit flies in your home takes patience

AUBURN, ALABAMA —Have you ever battled a fruit fly infestation in your home? If so, you know how hard it is to get rid of fruit flies. Roosevelt Robinson, a regional agent in home grounds, gardens and home pests with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says the tiny pests breed quickly, and can survive long after you’ve disposed of the ... Read More »

Alabama Extension’s Debby Mathews Active in National NEAFCS Leadership

Debby Mathews, Alabama Extension coordinator for Cleburne County, recently completed her year as president of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. However, her role as immediate past president with the national organization guarantees her continued leadership. Extension Experience Mathews has been with Extension since 1984. She began as an assistant county agent in Cleburne County  and moved ... Read More »

Turf Manager Strategies to Beat Armyworms

Auburn, Alabama —The turf at both Jordan-Hare and Bryant-Denny looks immaculate as fall approaches. The end zones at each field are painted and yard lines are numbered. Most importantly, the bermudagrass turf is trimmed and green. Meanwhile, homeowners have battled one of the worst infestations of fall armyworms in the past decade. Armyworms are destroying manicured lawns everywhere. It would ... Read More »

AlProHealth Cullman County Helping Limited Resource Families

Cullman, Ala.— Every month, 800 limited-resource families in Cullman County increase access to healthier food choices through the efforts of ALProHealth and its partners. AlProHealth Cullman County is a group of individuals working together to address obesity in the county. They use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas research-proven strategies. ALProHealth ... Read More »

Bagworms in Ornamentals

Auburn, Ala.– Bagworms are serious pests of ornamental evergreens in Alabama.  Their favorite plants are junipers, cypress, cedars and arborvitae.  Occasionally, bagworms are found on hardwoods.  Bagworms are commonly found from the Atlantic states westward into Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, and north into Illinois and Ohio. “Bagworm caterpillars damage plants by eating the foliage,” said Dani Carroll, a regional agent in ... Read More »