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Helping Cattle Producers Market Cattle

Cattle for sale at Montgomery Stockyards

Cattle are big business in Alabama, and savvy cattlemen are making the most of their livestock by improving their marketing efforts. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System works with cattle producers in the state to help them get the most dollars for their product and to market cattle more effectively. They offer help with sales, marketing, vaccination schedules, record-keeping and risk-management strategies. “We work with ... Read More »

Fire Safety on the Farm

Farm fires cost lives and many dollars each year in America. October is Fire Prevention Month and it is a good time to refresh fire safety rules for the farm. Fires need three things to burn – air, heat and something to set it off. Preventing this combination reduces the risk of fire. “Common causes of tractor and machinery fires ... Read More »

Beef Prices on the Rise

Packages of Beef at the Meat Counter

Beef prices are going up—squeezing consumers’ wallets. It is a trend both in the United States and worldwide. An economist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a good idea why beef prices continue to rise. Dr. Walt Prevatt, who is an expert in livestock economics, said it relates to the challenges of a consistent supply of beef and the ... Read More »

Navigating the Farm Bill

2014 Farm Bill

Farmers need a road map to utilize the many programs under the umbrella of the 2014 Farm Bill. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has launched a website, www.alabamafarmbill.com, to provide the state’s farmers with information and tools to help them access program information relevant to their agricultural operations. The website is an outgrowth of the Alabama Farm Bill Task Force ... Read More »

Pumpkins Add Flavor, Decoration to Fall

 It wouldn’t feel like fall without the arrival of those plump orange pumpkins growing among rambling vines on farms and in gardens across Alabama. Pumpkins, a type of squash, are in the cucumber/gourd family. Most pumpkins are native to the United States and were eaten by Native Americans long before Europeans arrived on the scene. For years, Americans have enjoyed ... Read More »

White Sugarcane Aphid Now Found in 12 Alabama Counties

By: Dr. Kathy Flanders, Extension Specialist and Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology White sugarcane aphid has been identified on sorghum in 12 Alabama counties. The pest was first found in late July by Dr. Austin Hagan, a plant pathologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System on variety tests in Brewton, Ala. Dr. Charles Ray, an Auburn University entomologist, confirmed the ... Read More »