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February Snow: Alabama Agriculture Avoids Damage

winter snow video

Winter Storm Remus dumped heavy snow across north Alabama. Some areas saw accumulations of 8 to 10 inches with a few spots topping a foot. But farmers and other producers are breathing a sigh of relief.  Alabama Extension professionals say it appears the snowstorm did not severely impact agriculture. Alabama Extension horticulturist Mike Reeves reports that fruit crops in North Alabama ... Read More »

Operation Grow: Building Opportunities for Veterans

AUBURN, Alabama–For many veterans, reentering civilian life after a military career is stressful. It’s a feeling that David Koon can relate too. While Koon is a regional home horticulture agent for Alabama Extension, he is also a member of the Alabama National Guard who has served multiple tours in the Middle East. “They come out of the military and they ... Read More »

Extension Programs Growing State’s Vegetable Production

vegetable production

More than 65 percent of the Alabama farms producing vegetables grow crops on less than 5 acres. Dr. Paul Mask, an assistant director with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said vegetable production now is different from it was as recently as the late 1990s. “We have more farmers than ever farming on small acreages,” said Mask.  “In 1997, only about ... Read More »

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

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 »