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Producers Make Strides through Small Ruminant Tour

Meat goats are small ruminant

Southeastern sheep and goat producers recently participated in an educational tour which led them through the marketing and farming practices of producers in the Northeast and equipped them to make strides in their own markets. The Marketing Small Ruminants Educational Tour, made possible in part by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System-Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs, consisted of 80 sheep and ... Read More »

Extension Scouting Schools Equip Farmers

Insect scouting schools are one example of the many ways Alabama Extension is giving back to Alabama farmers. Alabama Extension professionals gathered in Autaugaville, Ala., to equip farmers with the knowledge and ability to control pests in the field. Scouting for crop pests has long been an important step in preventing insect damage. With genetically modified seed, many farmers can avoid ... Read More »

Farmers Adapt Alongside Climate Changes

Extreme weather events pose significant risks to agriculture. Dr. Brenda Ortiz, a corn and grain crops specialist with Alabama Extension, said one of the most important aspects of farming is learning to adapt. “Many of the farmers who are leading the way in the use of risk resilient practices learned about them at Southeast Climate Extension workshops and outreach programs,” ... Read More »

Alabama Forage Update

Alabama producers are riding heat waves as the state swelters following weeks of sporadic rainfall that kicked forage growth into high gear. While producers in some regions have had ample rainfall, other areas are suffering in the dry heat. As farmers work to put up hay for the winter months, Alabama Extension agents are keeping a close eye on the forage ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Hosting Deep South Stocker Conference in August

stocker cattle

AUBURN, Alabama–Alabama will host the seventh annual Deep South Stocker Conference Aug. 6-7 in Montgomery, Alabama. The conference is targeting cattle producers in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Dr. Kim Mullenix, who is part of Alabama Extension’s beef cattle team, said that producers need to develop some specific management techniques to run a successful stocker operation. “All three of these states ... Read More »

Grass and Forages: Backbone of Beef Cattle Nutrition

Beef — it’s what’s for dinner for many people.  For beef cattle, their primary diet for much of their lives is grass and other forages. This is why cattle farmers are also grass and forage farmers. Forages, including grasses, clovers and other legumes and small grains, are the nutitional foundation for beef cattle in Alabama. Generally mild weather conditions allow Alabama cattle ... Read More »

Catfish Production–Important Part of State’s Agriculture Industries

Catfish production is a major industry across the South. Alabama is the second largest catfish production in the country after Mississippi. The top four states (Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas) accounted for 94 percent of the United States total sales. In 2015, catfish sales contributed more than $104 million to Alabama’s economy. What makes Alabama unique? Alabama specifically hasn’t lost ... Read More »

Forage Focus: National Forage Week

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National Forage Week is June 21 through June 27. But why should consumers care about the role forage crops play in animal agriculture? “Without question, forages are the most important plants on earth. Forages provide most of the nutrition for cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and mules. Forage accounts for about 25 percent of the total value of the U.S. agriculture, ... Read More »

8th Annual Small Ruminant Conference July 24-25

Alabama Extension’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Program at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) and the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Tennessee State University (TSU) will present “Goat Production: the Basics” as the focus topic of the 8th Annual Small Ruminant Conference July 24 and 25. The conference will be held at Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, Alabama. Dr. Maria Leite- ... Read More »

New iBook Available on High Tunnel Crop Production

Farmers, especially vegetable and fruit producers, are always looking for ways to boost production and extend their growing seasons. High tunnel production is a method with growing popularity. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has developed a new iBook to help farmers who are beginning high tunnel production. Available for download on iBooks, the “High Tunnel Crop Production Handbook” answers questions ... Read More »