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Forests in the City – Why Urban Forestry is Key

Auburn, Ala.—When most people hear the words city or urban, trees are likely not the first images that come to mind. Jack Rowe, an arborist, entomologist and horticulturist who works as an urban forestry agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, gave more information about the subject. What may be surprising to some is that trees are actually essential for cities ... Read More »

Farmers Fight Low Prices with Diversification, Crop Rotations

AUBURN, Ala. — In recent years, farmers have seen record high and low prices for all things sold in the agricultural market. Market prices rely on worldwide supply and demand, so production on the world scale hits home for Alabama producers when prices stay low and cost of production remains high. Producers throughout the country are making adjustments on the ... Read More »

Rainwater Harvesting Could Revolutionize Poultry Industry

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AUBURN, Ala.—Raising broiler chickens takes water—a lot of water. But rainwater harvesting could substantially reduce Alabama poultry growers’ dependence on municipal water sources or well water and reduce growers’ annual water bill by as much as $16,000 or more and pay for itself in as few as four to five years. Dr. Gene Simpson, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

Food Entrepreneur Conference Set for April 27-28

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AUBURN, Ala.–Last year, more than 40 aspiring and up-and-coming food entrepreneurs attended the Food Entrepreneur Conference in Auburn to learn more about starting their own food business. Patricia Barnes, or “Sister Schubert,” shared the story of how she got her Parker House-style yeast rolls – a family recipe – into grocery stores nationwide, and marketing guru John Marsh talked about ... Read More »

Symposium Aims to Minimize Stormwater Impacts

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AUBURN, Ala.— The floods of Christmas 2015, which gathered national attention, did more than $6.7 million in damage to Alabama’s roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. Less dramatic, but just as important, is managing the more frequent, smaller storm events that wash pollutants into lakes and waterways. Polluted stormwater runoff is the major contributor to water pollution in Alabama and ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Conducting Grant Workshop to Support Local Foods

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AUBURN, Ala. – A free workshop designed to help Alabama farmers and others develop grant applications will be held Friday, April 1, in Selma. Sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the workshop will focus on effective grant writing strategies for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) programs such as the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program. ... Read More »

Crop Outlook 2016: Farmers Take on Long-term Perspectives

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AUBURN, Ala.—Droughts, heavy rainfall and a variety of other conditions plagued farmers in 2015. Now, producers heading into planting for 2016 are already researching and making decisions hoping to make this growing season better than the last. Max Runge, an Alabama Extension economist, said farmers throughout the Southeast have experienced production highs and lows in recent years due to a ... Read More »

Preparing for a Job Interview

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AUBURN, Ala. —Whether you’re a recent graduate or moving on to the next phase in your life, preparing for a job interview is a key factor in getting any type of job. Making a great first impression and having the perfect resume will help enhance your interview experience, but ultimately being able to present yourself professionally will help secure your future. ... Read More »

College on a Budget

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Auburn, Ala.—For most college students the thought of saving is foreign, unheard of, and seems nearly impossible. Between the costs of tuition, books and living expenses, students feel hopeless when it comes to budgeting.  However, most of them do not recognize the benefits of saving and budgeting at a young age, comparable to those who start these practices later in life. “It is important for everyone to ... Read More »

Be Safe not Sorry on ATVs

AUBURN, Ala.–ATVs, also known as all-terrain vehicles, have a reputation for being fun, dangerous and sometimes deadly to its driver and to its passengers. All-terrain vehicles can be a fun hobby for people. However, they can be a dangerous activity if they are used without the required amount of training. In most states today, it is legal for teens to ... Read More »