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Farming Basics Online Course Available

Farming Basics

AUBURN, Alabama- More people than ever want to give farming a try.  In the past, people turned to farming family members for help.  Today, most people are generations removed from farming. To help budding farmers get started, Alabama Extension now offers a free online course, Farming Basics. Launched Sept. 10, the course addresses critical topics in agriculture. Alabama Extension director ... Read More »

Poultry Producers Always Prepared for Severe Weather

AUBURN, Ala. – Planning for severe weather is an option for some, but mandatory for others. The men and women who raise and produce agricultural products cannot afford to be caught without plans and preparation for severe weather. Poultry producers, specifically, must not only plan for damage to houses, but also plan for power outages, feed shortages and much more. ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Offering Woodlands and Wildlife Field Day Sept. 27 in Evergreen

AUBURN, Ala. – The Conecuh County Extension office is offering a Woodlands and Wildlife Field Day on Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event will take place at Saloom Properties, LLC, 2835 Booker Mill Road, Evergreen, Alabama. The field day will include professional speakers, innovative technology, research-based information and also vendors exhibits. A free lunch and door ... Read More »

USDA Releases Farmer Trade Assistance Package Information

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AUBURN, Ala.—Recent changes in U.S. trade policies have sparked the need for farmer financial aid in the United States. The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details about a financial aid package to help farmers Aug. 27. The farmer trade assistance package’s goal is to help farmers as they navigate uncharted territory in dealing with tariffs related to trade ... Read More »

Trade Tariffs Initiate Soybean Market Shift, Cause Concern

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by Justin Miller and Katie Nichols AUBURN, Ala.—As Farm Bill discussions continue in Washington, D.C., producers wait for the direction a new bill will bring to the agricultural sector. Without a completed Farm Bill, producers are operating on the previous bill’s prices and provisions. The trade tariffs imposed on many U.S. agricultural products have raised concerns about the future of ... Read More »

Interpreting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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AUBURN, Ala.—The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will benefit many individuals and businesses. While most of the business changes are permanent, many individual provisions will end Dec. 31, 2025. Dr. Robert Tufts, a visiting professor with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, suggests contacting a tax professional to discuss these changes and their potential effects on individuals and businesses. Tufts ... Read More »

Odd Weather Conditions Leave Cotton Producers Concerned

AUBURN, Ala. – Weather this spring disrupted planting for cotton crops in south Alabama, leaving farmers across the Wiregrass concerned. Weather Difficulties Cool temperatures in April halted planting until early May. Hot temperatures and low rainfall in May made for difficult planting. Many growers stopped planting because of the dry conditions. When rain did arrive in late May, it rained ... Read More »

Alfalfa Mixtures Helping Extend The Growing Season

AUBURN, Ala. – Alfalfa was once a dominant forage in the Southeast. Several factors eliminated many productive alfalfa stands. Insects and the harsh environment found in the Southeast were a contributing factor in the decline in production of alfalfa. Recent work with alfalfa mixtures has revealed new opportunities for this forage. Growing Alfalfa in Alabama This legume contains high levels ... Read More »

Kelton Selected for SARE Fellows Program

Jessica Kelton was selected for the 2019 SARE Fellows Program.

AUBURN, Ala.—Jessica Kelton, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System regional extension agent, has been selected as a member of the two-year Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Fellows Program. Kelton Studies Conservation Kelton, who is also a member of the Extension farm and agribusiness management team, said she has been working with conservation practices since graduate school. The Auburn University graduate ... Read More »

Corn Earworms, Cotton Bollworms Build Resistance

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AUBURN, Ala.—The introduction of genetic engineering in cotton was game-changing for producers. Even more so was the introduction of insect-resistant genes in corn—especially for producers in the Midwest who deal with the corn rootworm. Now, entomologists and scientists are working to determine the best course of action as corn earworms and cotton bollworms develop resistance to the first, second and ... Read More »