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Satsuma Season: Enjoying the Christmas Orange

Satsumas

AUBURN, Ala. – Satsumas are hitting the grocery shelves, and people are in for  a tasty treat. Satsuma mandarins have been harvested in Alabama for more than a century. “The quality of the crop this season is very good, but there will be a bit of a shortage because of the weather problems,” said James Miles, an Alabama Extension commercial horticulture regional ... Read More »

Farming America and the Digital Divide

As many Americans march forward with new technology to make their lives easier, there is a portion of the population being left behind–waiting to access new technologies and new applications. Broadband access and fiber-optic telephone lines may seem like standard amenities, but for many in rural America, it is a matter of access and affordability. Max Runge, an economist with ... Read More »

Backyard Beekeeping Workshop Set for Nov. 14 -15

beekeeper

Beekeeping is gaining in popularity, but it is a hobby that requires training and skills. A backyard beekeeping workshop, set for Nov. 14 – 15 at the Jon Archer Agricultural Center in Mobile, is geared toward hobbyist beekeepers along with people interested becoming a beekeeper. The workshop will provide up-to-date information, practices and the opportunity to connect new keepers with experienced ... Read More »

Younger People Hesitate to Choose Farming Careers

Farming--Young Farmer

The popular nursery rhyme “Old McDonald,” is shifting from a fictional character to reality with the growing population of older farmers. It’s a fact, farmers in our country are aging, and the younger generations are not becoming as involved. According to the most recent agricultural census, the average age of farmers in the United States is 56, with the average ... Read More »

Alabama Extension’s Ortiz Recognized Nationally for Climate Change Project

Brenda Ortiz

The Southeast Climate Extension project, a large-scale partnership of six universities across the Southeast, was recently awarded the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Partnership Award for Multistate Efforts. Brenda Ortiz, an associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences and specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is part of the team whose efforts aim ... Read More »

Fall Harvest Season Presents Many Dangers on Farms

Farming Equipment

Fall harvest season is here for many farmers in Alabama. Farmers across the state are heading to their fields with huge combines and powerful tractors pulling grain wagons. “This is the most dangerous time of year in farm country, and there is an ever present danger of serious injury or death among agricultural workers,” said Dr. Jesse LaPrade, a farm ... Read More »

Peanut Pod Blasting Offers Farmers Better Yields And Bigger Paychecks

Peanut plant with peanuts attached

With the peanut harvest underway, peanut farmers are hoping for good yields and strong paydays. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System‘s Peanut Pod Blasting workshops offer farmers a chance to get larger returns on their investments. Peanut pod blasting is a testing technique where peanuts are pressure washed in order to remove the outer shell covering. The peanut’s color, in its purest ... Read More »

Helping Cattle Producers Market Cattle

Cattle for sale at Montgomery Stockyards

Cattle are big business in Alabama, and savvy cattlemen are making the most of their livestock by improving their marketing efforts. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System works with cattle producers in the state to help them get the most dollars for their product and to market cattle more effectively. They offer help with sales, marketing, vaccination schedules, record-keeping and risk-management strategies. “We work with ... Read More »

Fire Safety on the Farm

Farm fires cost lives and many dollars each year in America. October is Fire Prevention Month and it is a good time to refresh fire safety rules for the farm. Fires need three things to burn – air, heat and something to set it off. Preventing this combination reduces the risk of fire. “Common causes of tractor and machinery fires ... Read More »

Beef Prices on the Rise

Packages of Beef at the Meat Counter

Beef prices are going up—squeezing consumers’ wallets. It is a trend both in the United States and worldwide. An economist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a good idea why beef prices continue to rise. Dr. Walt Prevatt, who is an expert in livestock economics, said it relates to the challenges of a consistent supply of beef and the ... Read More »