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Ambitious Strategic Plan to Expand Alabama’s Agriculture and Forestry Sectors

AUBURN, Ala.—Agriculture, forestry and related industries contribute $70.4 billion–nearly  40 percent—to Alabama’s gross state product. Proponents of a new strategic plan would like to see agriculture’s impact on the state’s economy grow even larger by 2020. The plan from the Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Steering Committee calls for a more cooperative relationship between business and government. Alabama Extension Director Gary ... Read More »

Goat Production Continues to Expand

Boer Goats

Goat farming is increasing in Alabama, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is working to educate small-scale and limited resource farmers in the state and around the nation on how to improve and manage their operations. Dr. Maria Leite-Browning, an Alabama Extension animal scientist based at Alabama A&M, and Robert Spencer an urban regional Extension specialist, believe education on marketing ... Read More »

Annie’s Project Set for Six Tuesday Evenings in Etowah County

Ladies of Etowah County join us for Annie’s Project in February and March! Annie’s Project is a six-week intensive agri-business series for women with a passion for business and involvement, and a desire to increase knowledge and skills. Conducted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the series helps empower women to manage information systems and to build local networks. Participants ... Read More »

Wiregrass Cotton Expo Offers Guidance for Coming Season

Wiregrass Cotton Expo

Smart decisions prior to planting will be crucial to Southeastern cotton producers’ profitability this year.  William Birdsong, an agronomist with Alabama Extension, said lower commodity prices and reduced world demand will force producers to alter their business model from previous years. “Based on the latest data, the average upland cotton price is now forecast to range between 59 and 64 ... Read More »

Cogongrass Research Offers Hope for Control


Cogongrass, an aggressive invasive species, has been causing problems in Alabama’s forests and fields for more than 20 years, but research performed by Alabama Extension’s Dr. Nancy Loewenstein and former Alabama Extension specialist, Dr. Stephen Enloe, has proven successful against the invasive species. Because of its Asian origin, cogongrass is known to some as “Japan grass,” and the species found ... Read More »

Helping Farmers Improve Nutrient Management

Manure as fertilizer

The use of manure is the oldest trick in the book of raising crops, but the Alabama Cooperative Extension System helps producers find ways to use manure that will benefit the farmers without damaging the environment. The Price Gap “The value of nutrients found in a ton of broiler litter is around $75 per ton, based on current commercial fertilizer ... Read More »

20th Annual Beekeeping Symposium Feb. 7 in Clanton

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s 20th Annual Beekeeping Symposium is being held at a new location — the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center, 1850 Lay Dam Road, Clanton. It is set for Saturday, Feb.7 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. “The symposium will feature a variety of knowledgeable speakers as well as valuable demonstrations for beekeepers,” said James Tew, ... Read More »

Alabama Growers Weathered Arctic Cold

Satsumas Iced for Cold Protection

Fruit and vegetable growers across Alabama were as prepared as they could be for the blast of cold weather that dropped temperatures into the single digits in north Alabama and into the teens along the Gulf Coast. Mike Reeves, a regional commercial horticulture agent with Alabama Extension, said that strawberry growers across the state applied row covers to protect their ... Read More »

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Coming in February

  Fruit and vegetable producers should finalize plans to attend the upcoming Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association’s conference and trade show Feb. 6-7 at the Marriott Grand National Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika, Alabama. Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, entomologist and commercial horticulture program coordinator with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said it is a great opportunity for networking. “Producers will get to meet ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Offers Additional Farm Bill Trainings

AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama farmers and producers face some challenges in navigating the complexities of the 2014 Farm Bill. Gone are the days of using a simple one page work sheet and a pencil to determine which programs were a farmer’s best options. These days, the tool farmers need is a computer. Robert Page, an economist with Alabama Extension, said that is ... Read More »