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Soybeans–Important Part of Alabama Economy

Originating in eastern Asia, the soybean was first brought to the United States as a hay crop. Until the 1930s, soybeans were used as a high quality feed, primarily for horses, due to the high level of protein it provides. Today in Alabama, the soybean leads the farming economy with almost a third more land than cotton. “Soybeans have become ... Read More »

October is National Apple Month

Americans eat more apples per capita than any other fruit. October is National Apple Month and is intended to celebrate the widely loved fruit and increase sales in the industry. Alabama is one of 36 states in which apples are grown commercially and this season’s harvest is not to be missed. “A wide range of varities can be found in ... Read More »

Legislators Tour Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center

CROSSVILLE, Ala.—Alabama state senator Clay Scofield and state representative Becky Nordgren visited Auburn University’s Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center Friday, Oct. 2. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Dr. Art Appel, interim dean of Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, guided the legislative tour, which featured ongoing research efforts and Extension program efforts. “This research ... Read More »

Peanut Harvest Underway in Alabama

Peanut harvest is now underway in the southernmost parts of the state, while many others are still making harvest preparations. For many years, peanut growing was formerly restricted to the Wiregrass area, but has expanded across the southern tier of counties and even to some counties in central Alabama. Alabama Extension Regional Agent Kim Wilkins, said she has been pod-blasting in fields ... Read More »

Increasing Trend of Locally Sourced Products

Locally sourced products

AUBURN, Alabama–It’s a common thing today to walk into a local restaurant or coffee shop and see on the menu that they use locally sourced products. It has been popping up seemingly everywhere, but a lot of consumers do not know what it really means. “There is no legal definition of it, so if you put that on a label of a food product there ... Read More »

Vigilance Critical in Avian Influenza Battle

Biosecurity measures in poultry houses

AUBURN, Alabama–Alabama agriculture officials and regional poultry experts continue to monitor commercial and backyard poultry operations for any sign of the avian influenza also known as bird flu. An outbreak of the deadly disease in Alabama has the potential to create a downturn in production in the state’s largest agri-business. Alabama is one of the nation’s leaders in broiler chicken production. The ... Read More »

Farmers Markets Benefit Alabama Communities

Auburn, Ala. —Farmers markets are a common source of local agriculture in Alabama and provide numerous benefits to the communities they are established in. The markets offer a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables for members of the community to purchase and take home. According to the Alabama Department of Agriculture, there are more than 160 registered farmers markets ... Read More »

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Set for November 2015

AUBURN, Alabama—In 2014, fresh market vegetable and melon production in Alabama was valued at more than $20 million, an increase of more than 25 percent over 2013. As Alabama growers look to improve production and their bottom line, the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Fall Conference will give producers the most recent information and research. The conference will be ... Read More »

The Buzz on Backyard Beekeeping

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AUBURN, Ala. — Backyard beekeeping has caught the attention of homeowners and gardeners across the United States, following in the wake of the Green Revolution and Eat Local movements. With the colony collapse disasters in 2006 leaving honeybee populations at an all-time low, gardeners decided to take matters into their own hands by planting pollinator gardens and becoming backyard beekeepers. ... Read More »

High Tunnel Crop Production is Growing Potential

Producers are no longer limited by firm growing seasons or what is able to grow in greenhouses because of the possibilities that are available through high tunnel crop production. High tunnel production is a form of protected agriculture that enables producers to use their land to its full growing potential. How does high tunnel crop production benefit farmers? This growing ... Read More »