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Recycling: What it Means for the Environment and the Economy

Auburn, Alabama — Recycling is the process of converting waste products into reusable materials. This process allows products to be used to their fullest extent. How Does the Recycling Process Work? In Bibb and Chilton counties in Alabama, typical recyclable materials include cardboard boxes, office paper, newspapers, magazines, books, metal food cans, aluminum cans, #1 plastic containers (soft drink bottles) ... Read More »

Rainwater collection ready

Alabama — Rainwater collection is an important skill to master. By learning how to collect rainwater and use that water efficiently, gardeners and homeowners can rely on more than just a water hose for quick access to clean water. Another plus – rainwater is completely free! Alabama Cooperative Extension Systems agent Sallie Lee has tips for making the most of ... Read More »

Drought Continues – Extension Launches Website

AlabamaDrought.com

AUBURN, Ala.— Despite several inches of rain, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that Alabama is still experiencing a drought. More than 66 percent of the state is suffering under extreme or exceptional drought, the two most severe categories. With deficits ranging from 12 to 20 inches for the year, late November and early December rains did little to alleviate long-term ... Read More »

Water Conservation Still Vital

AUBURN, Ala.— Farmers and residents alike welcomed rains across Alabama, but an Alabama Extension water resource expert says one rain does not break a drought. Dr. Eve Brantley says the drought will persist and water conservation is necessary. Will 2-3 Inches Make a Dent? While two to 3 inches of rain is a start, all Alabama counties will continue to have ... Read More »

Rare White Squirrel Spotted on Auburn University Campus

AUBURN, Alabama — In the novel Moby Dick, Captain Ahab searches for an elusive white whale. Now, Auburn University students and faculty have their own quest trying to spot a rare white squirrel scurrying up and down the trees behind the Fisheries building on campus. Dr. Troy Best, an Auburn University biological sciences professor, has seen the white squirrel several times from a distance. There ... Read More »

Brodbeck Cycles in Tour de Trees

Brodbeck

AUBURN, Ala. — Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals are dedicated to their work, whether in or out of the office. One Alabama Extension agent is taking dedication and awareness to another level with a six-day, 610-mile bike ride. Beau Brodbeck, a regional forestry, wildlife and natural resources agent based in Baldwin County, has been gearing up for the trip with months ... Read More »

Pesticide Clean Day Held in Macon County

AUBURN, Ala.— The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is partnering with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to facilitate “Clean Day” Sept. 14 in Macon County.  Clean Day provides a cost-free opportunity for farmers, pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers, pest control operators and nurserymen to dispose of up to 1,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides in a safe, environmentally sound way. Products that are ... Read More »

4-H Members Participate in Quail Release

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama 4-H members from Elmore County partnered with the Alabama Covey Rise Chapter of Quail Forever recently to release more than 375 young bobwhite quail. Laurie Weldon, an Alabama Extension regional 4-H agent in Elmore and Autauga counties, said that a call of a quail started her involvement in this project. “It was just a normal day ... Read More »

Doyle Keasal Named 2016 Conservation Educator of the Year

Auburn, Ala. — The Alabama Wildlife Federation recently presented the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards for 2016. Alabama Extension’s Environmental Educator Doyle Keasal was named the Conservation Educator of the Year. For more than 35 years, Keasal has worked in education. Throughout that time, conservation topics have always been an important component of his teaching and efforts to develop good stewards ... Read More »

Alabama Team Competes at National 4-H Forestry Invitational

Alabama was one of 17 states that competed in the 37th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational, July 31- Aug. 4 at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, West Virginia. Teams from Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida placed first, second and third respectively. Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, ... Read More »