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Dairy U Comes to Auburn’s Campus

Auburn University Animal Sciences Department and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be hosting the seventh annual Dairy Awareness Introductory Resource for Youth University (DAIRY U) Program. The workshop allows youth to learn about the dairy industry and where the milk they drink comes from as well as how it is produced in a wholesome and healthy way. Boyd Brady, ... Read More »

Cold Weather Impacts on Livestock

AUBURN, Alabama – Most of us are aware of how harsh the winter weather can be on machinery, equipment and people, but it is easy to forget how those conditions affect livestock. Extreme weather in February and March impacted livestock across Alabama, requiring many cattlemen to adjust their cattle management strategies. Dr. Kim Mullenix, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist ... Read More »

On-Farm Variety Trials: Helping Farmers Prepare

on-farm variety trials

Choosing the right variety of cotton to plant is a major decision for farmers.  They want to choose a variety that offers them the best opportunity to harvest a bountiful and quality crop. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System provides farmers with important guidance with its on-farm variety trials. Currently, Alabama Extension is gearing up for its 2015 on-farm variety trials. What ... Read More »

Prepping Gardens Year Round

AUBURN, Ala. – After months of winter weather, spring is on the horizon. Spring also means that being outside regularly will return and people may explore creating their own garden. While some people may simply delve into starting their garden, others may do more research in hope of having a more thriving garden. Dr. Charles Mitchell, an agronomist with the ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Conducting Grant Workshops to Support Local Foods

local food

AUBURN, Ala. – Grant-writing workshops designed to help potential applicants understand, develop and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program are being offered in every state this spring. Alabama Extension and the Southern Regional Center for Rural Development are partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and National Institute for ... Read More »

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 »