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Hurricane Deals Heavy Blow to Alabama Agriculture

Hurricane Michael agricultural damage.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Hurricane Michael caused almost $204 million in agricultural damage alone as it moved across Alabama. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Director Gary Lemme called it a devastating blow to farmers in the state’s Wiregrass region. “Cotton farmers suffered the greatest losses,” said Lemme. “But the storm affected every portion of Wiregrass agriculture, including row crops, livestock, poultry and timber ... Read More »

Crop Insurance Not a Guaranteed Payout for Farmers

hurricane-damaged cotton

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Insurance companies will be busy processing claims and assessing damages, as residents affected by Hurricane Michael work to recover. Crop insurance agents and adjusters, in tandem with Extension agents and other government program agencies, will work to help producers determine losses and file crop claims. Alabama Extension economist Max Runge said producers will assess and report damage in ... Read More »

Storm Hits Alabama Pecan Crops

Pecan orchard damage in Houston County, Alabama.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – There are not as many acres of pecans in southeast Alabama as there are row crop acres, but Hurricane Michael’s impact on pecan orchards is just as profound. Storm Damage Bryan Wilkins, a research associate at the Auburn University Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center, said that the storms had significant impacts on the pecan crop. ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Compiling Ag Loss Data

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Hurricane Michael devastated crops in Alabama’s Wiregrass region.  But for farmers to have access to the most disaster assistance, officials need comprehensive data on projected yields, estimated losses and other agricultural impacts.   The Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University will lead the data collection effort, documenting the complete effect Hurricane Michael had on Wiregrass area farmers. Alabama ... Read More »

Caring for Livestock After Hurricane Michael

AUBURN, Ala. – Hurricane Michael brought winds speeds of up to 155 mph and major rainfall, causing flooding in many areas of the south. Now that recovery efforts are underway, producers must also care for their livestock. Severe weather can cause stress and problems for livestock. Feed and Water      First, producers need a plan to ensure their animals have a ... Read More »

Pesticide Applicators University Set for Oct. 29 and 30

  Auburn, Alabama —The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, The Alabama Green Industry Training Center and the Alabama Pesticide Safety Education Program will host the third Pesticide Applicators University Oct. 29 and 30 at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National, in Opelika Alabama. Registration Registration is $125 through Sept. 28. After Sept. 28 registration cost is ... Read More »

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 »

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

shutterstock.com/Alf Rebeiro. soybeans and a $100 bill.

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

soybeans

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 »