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Safeguard Pets in Summer Heat

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AUBURN, Alabama–As the state bakes with temperatures in the 90s, remember to protect pets from the dangers of heat-related illnesses. Alabama Extension specialist Robert Spencer says it’s important to take extra measures to keep pets hydrated in high temperatures. Plentiful Water Crucial “Pets should have access to fresh water at multiple locations,” he said.  “Animals may be unwilling to move about to access water. “Also, ... Read More »

Pickens County 4-H Forestry Team Wins State Competition

For the second year in a row and the third time in four years, the Pickens County 4-H Forestry Senior Team has won the Alabama State 4-H Forestry Invitational. The team will represent Alabama at the 2016 National 4-H Forestry Invitational  in Weston, West Virginia July 31 through August 4. Members of the team include Katie Poland, Chloe Abernathy, Camryn Randolph and Ethan ... Read More »

State 4-H Competitive Events Day July 31at 4-H Center in Columbiana

After months of preparation competing for county and regional titles more than 125 4-H’ers from across Alabama will compete for state titles at Competitive Events Day July 31 at the Alabama 4-H Youth and Development Center in Columbiana. Joy Maxwell,  an Alabama Extension 4-H youth development specialist and coordinator for Competitive Events Day, said. “What is so great about this competition is that it gives participants an ... Read More »

Choosing Drought Resistant Plants Reduces Watering Demands

As summer continues across Alabama, it is important to consider drought resistant plants when planning your landscape. Drought resistant plants help reduce the amount of water needed for planting and help save water for future use. Alabama has not experienced extreme drought conditions this season. However, regional Alabama Extension agent Dani Carroll recommends preparing for the possibility of droughts throughout the ... Read More »

State 4-H Horse Show July 6-10

The Alabama State 4-H Horse Show is set for July 6 through 10 in Montgomery at Garrett Coliseum.  Approximately 300 youth from across the state are expected to compete. The week of events will begin Monday with the judging contest, followed by hunt seat competition on Tuesday, saddle horse competition on Wednesday, dressage competition on Thursday and Western competition on Friday. ... Read More »

Increasing Sightings of Alligators Around Alabama

Alligators are showing up more frequently in central Alabama, further north than some people might expect them. The state’s largest reptile has been spotted near Woodland and  also near Alexander City. But an Alabama Extension professional said this is not surprising. Patrick Cook, a regional Alabama Extension agent, said that no alligator sightings have been reported in the Chilton County area yet ... Read More »

8th Annual Small Ruminant Conference July 24-25

Alabama Extension’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Program at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) and the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Tennessee State University (TSU) will present “Goat Production: the Basics” as the focus topic of the 8th Annual Small Ruminant Conference July 24 and 25. The conference will be held at Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, Alabama. Dr. Maria Leite- ... Read More »

Alabama and Mississippi Extension Partner to Bring Webinar Series on Tree Care in the Urban Landscape

Community Forestry teams from Alabama Extension and Mississippi State University Extension Service are partnering to conduct a webinar series to expand knowledge of how to maintain community forests in urban landscapes. Alabama Extension Regional Agent Arnold Brodbeck said, “We tried to keep the topics fairly broad to include professional arborists, landscape architects, municipalities who manage these trees within their towns ... Read More »