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Getting Back to the Beef Basics

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AUBURN,AL—. Beef cattle are raised in every county of Alabama. The Alabama cattle industry is a $2.5 billion industry, making it the state’s second highest ranked commodity. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist, sees the state’s booming cattle industry as an opportunity to further educate the producers and supporters of the Alabama beef cattle industry. That is why ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Expands Estate Planning Program

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AUBURN, Alabama–Death and taxes—there is that old joke about two certainties in everyone’s life.  But handling even just the basics of estate planning will make life easier for your family after your death. Dr. Robert Tufts, an attorney with Alabama Extension, understands that estate planning can require difficult decisions for some people. “But something is going to happen to everyone ... Read More »

Forage and Grassland Conference set for Dec. 10

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AUBURN, Ala. — The Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference is set for Dec. 10, 2015 in Eufaula, Ala. at Lakepoint State Park. Online registration is open on the Alabama Forages webpage and the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association webpage. Forage Specialist, Dr. Jennifer Johnson said this year’s theme “Forward Thinking with Forage Systems” was developed to encourage producers to think about the impacts ... Read More »

Pecan Trees–A Perfect Addition to the Home Landscape

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AUBURN,Ala.—The holiday season is upon us and people around the country are looking forward to gatherings spent feasting with families and friends. One food in particular that is often found at many holiday celebrations is pecan pie. Unknown to many, Alabama is actually an ideal place for growing pecan trees.  You could someday produce a pecan pie for the holidays ... Read More »

November is National Peanut Butter Month

AUBURN, AL—When most people think of November, they think of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and all the popular foods that are served at our Thanksgiving meals. However, the month of November is dedicated to celebrating a food that many people enjoy on a daily basis: peanut butter. As one of the biggest producers of peanuts in the United States, Alabama ... Read More »

November is National Pomegranate Month

The Pomegranate Fruit / Wikimedia Commons

November is National Pomegranate Month and it celebrates a fruit dating back to the ancient civilizations that can be enjoyed as a snack and grown in Alabama’s climate. The pomegranate is botanically classified as a berry and a semi-tropical fruit. Growing in mild-temperate climates, it is native to southeastern Europe and Asia and is harvested in August and September. Typically, the fruit ... Read More »

Preparing Your Produce Properly

Auburn, Ala.—Essential parts of every balanced diet are vibrant fruits and nutritious vegetables. However, with the discussions concerning pesticides in our produce, it is hard to determine which and when fruits and vegetables are safe to consume. Do you have to buy organically grown produce to avoid pesticide residue? Are conventionally grown fruits and veggies a health risk? The recommended way ... Read More »

Charles Mitchell Selected as ASA Fellow

AUBURN, Ala. — Dr. Charles C. Mitchell, an Alabama Extension agronomist, was selected as an American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Fellow at the society’s International Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-18 in Minneapolis, Minn. Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the ASA. Members of the society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. The annual award is presented for outstanding ... Read More »

Take Guesswork Out of Forage Testing

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AUBURN, Alabama–The Alabama Cooperative Extension Forage Focus Program and the Alabama Beef Check-off Program are partnering to bring producers across Alabama forage testing probes. Forage testing probes are being distributed to county Extension offices and regional Extension agents on the Animal Science and Forage Team. Previously, agents on the team did have access to hay testing probes, but with 67 counties and ... Read More »

Harvesting Alabama’s Cotton with New Technology

AUBURN, Ala.- Alabamians can tell when farmers have begun harvesting cotton. The once, white fields have been picked leaving behind barren stalks. Highways are dotted with white, fluffy cotton that has blown off from the module trucks while other cotton modules wait in the fields to be transported to the gin. According to Max Runge, an Alabama Extension program associate at ... Read More »