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Sweet Orange Scab: New Cases Identified in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala.—Agriculture officials have identified new cases of sweet orange scab (SOS) in Baldwin County. SOS was first confirmed in Alabama in December 2017. Dr. Kassie Connor, an Alabama Extension plant pathologist, said the disease may have been pushed into the state by strong weather systems. “We suspect the pathogen spread from Florida via hurricane movement last year,” said Conner. ... Read More »

Discovery Drives Innovation: Where Scholarship and Research Meet Real-World Impact

research critical part of Auburn University's mission

By Dr. Steven Leath, Auburn University President An earlier article offered a personal perspective on the enduring relevancy of land-grant universities and proposed three overarching responsibilities leaders of those institutions face in meeting the challenges of the 21st century: Inspiring, educating and preparing students for life; Conducting groundbreaking scholarship and research; and Engaging students, faculty and partners to apply that ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Encourages Farmers to Pursue Drought Assistance Options

drought assistance

AUBURN, Alabama–More than 30 counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas because of ongoing drought conditions. Those counties and an additional 15 contiguous counties are eligible for drought assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To help producers battle the threats, the U.S.D.A. offers farmers several drought assistance programs through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Ken Kelley, a ... Read More »

Warm Weather Not Welcome for Peach Growers

peach orchard

CLANTON, Ala.—Sunny, mild days with highs in the 60s and 70s are the last thing Alabama’s peach growers want. A peach expert with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says growers would prefer cooler weather until bloom time. “We are behind on chill hours this year,” said Gary Gray, an Alabama Extension regional commercial horticulture agent. “Varieties grown in Alabama may ... Read More »

A Grill Master’s Dream: The Perfect Steak

perfect steak

AUBURN, Ala.—Get out your forks and steak knives. It’s time to cook the perfect steak. You won’t get a perfect steak by just tossing a juicy steak onto a sizzling grill. There is a little bit of science behind what makes a delicious steak. First, you have to choose the correct cut of meat. The most popular cuts to grill are ... Read More »

Save Money This Holiday Season

ONEONTA, AL— The holiday season brings about a spirit of joy, togetherness, generosity and love. We create memories with our families and pass down traditions to younger generations. We spend generously on the ones we love to see the joy on their faces when they open their gifts. At such a special time of the year, stressing about finances is ... Read More »

Oyster Farming: A Rising Trend in Alabama

Oysters not only fulfill people’s seafood cravings, they also provide a valuable natural resource for the environment and economy in Alabama. According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the average contribution of traditional oyster harvest to the Alabama economy is estimated to be $3 million per year. There are currently eight commercial oyster farms and this summer Alabama will also ... Read More »

The E-Waste Institute: Alabama’s E-Waste Management Initiative

Did you know the number of obsolete, broken or irreparable electronic products in households and businesses across the United States is growing at three times the rate of household trash? Further, did you know hazardous chemicals and substances such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium, lead, chromium and bromine can be found in these electronics? The need for educational information to respond ... Read More »

Safe, Smart Pesticide Use

AUBURN, Ala.—Spring has arrived in full force with rising temperatures, which means pests are starting to come out of hiding too. Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals want to educate people on safe pesticide use and how to store them correctly. A pest is any kind of insect or animal that acts in a destructive manner towards property including, but not limited to, ... Read More »