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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 »

Help for Farmers Navigating the Farm Bill

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AUBURN, Alabama—The 2014 Farm Bill provides farmers and producers access to a number of valuable support programs. To help Alabama farmers understand the ins and outs of the Farm Bill programs, Alabama Extension will hold a series of informational meetings during December. Farm Bill Education Meetings Dec. 9—Wiregrass Research & Extension Center, Headland Dec. 10 –Bay Minette Civic Center, Bay ... Read More »

Alabama’s Changing Christmas Tree Industry

Over the years, the Christmas tree industry has changed in Alabama and across the United States. What was once a booming industry has shrunk because of a shift within Americans.  Chip East, an Alabama Extension commercial horticulture agent, said consumers’ buying habits have changed.  “Instead of buying fresh cut Christmas trees each year like they would have in the past, ... Read More »

Extension Specialist Works to Improve Livestock Production in Myanmar

Urban Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer just returned from his second trip to Myanmar in Southeast Asia. Spencer is a volunteer with the Farmer-to-Farmer program in Myanmar that is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Winrock International. Targeting small-scale livestock farmers, he educated audiences on sustainable best management practices that will ensure efficient ... Read More »

Kick Pesky Invasive Plants to the Curb

Invasive plant species can be a nuisance year-round, but certain species are more obvious this time of year. According to invasive plant expert Dr. Nancy Loewenstein, “Invasive plant infestations can out-compete native species, eventually displacing or killing them, and impact wildlife habitat and nutrient cycling.” Loewenstein, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says Chinese tallowtree, Bradford pear, Chinese ... Read More »

2014 Corn and Wheat Short Course Registration Now Open

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AUBURN, Alabama–Registration for the Alabama Extension 2014 Corn and Wheat Short Course is  now open.  This year’s workshop is set for December 15-16 and will be  held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.  The conference  will feature a diverse range of speakers from multiple universities and government agencies including Auburn University, University of Georgia, Mississippi State University, the Natural Resources ... Read More »

Satsuma Season: Enjoying the Christmas Orange

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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

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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

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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 »