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Alabama Peach Production Takes Major Hit

AUBURN, Ala.— Alabama Cooperative Extension System fruit specialists are estimating Alabama’s peach producers are harvesting only 10 to 30 percent of their normal crop this season. A lethal combination of a low number of chill hours, recent drought conditions and a late frost have stressed peach crops across the state. Low Chill Hours Gary Gray, an Alabama Extension regional commercial horticulture agent, ... Read More »

Adding Houseplants to Your Spaces Successfully

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AUBURN, Alabama — Made popular in the 19th century, houseplants come in many shapes and sizes and usually do not take up too much space in your home.  Most people use them  to lighten up a space or give a cozy appearance to a room. What are houseplants? First, let’s distinguish between houseplants and outdoor plants. Rhonda Britton, a regional Alabama Extension agent ... Read More »

Going Beyond: Additional Markets for Fruit and Vegetable Producers

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AUBURN, Alabama–With another growing season under way, Alabama’s fruit and vegetable producers should consider less well-known marketing options to sell their harvest.  Kevin Burkett, an agribusiness management specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said while farmers markets, grocery stores, roadside stands and wholesale distribution are good options, they are not the only marketing outlets available to farmers. “Producers may ... Read More »

Estate Planning Workshops for Farmers and Landowners

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AUBURN, Ala. – Farmers and landowners often have a lot of questions when they consider how to deal with land as they begin the estate planning process. Who will manage the land and pay the taxes? Will children get along after the death of a parent? How can parents ensure that farming children have use of the land? These are just ... Read More »

Blood Pressure: What’s Your Number?

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AUBURN, Alabama — Approximately 75 million people in the United States have high blood pressure. This means one out of every three people is impacted by this disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, heart failure and other heath concerns. These illnesses contribute to approximately 1,000 ... Read More »

Alabama Extension to Host QuickBooks Pro Class

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AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension will host a series of instructional classes on the QuickBooks Pro software. The classes will help farmers and small business owners learn how to get the most out of this widely used program. Each section will last two nights with one class held on Tuesday night and the last class on Thursday night. Each class ... Read More »

Gluten-Free Lifestyle: Is it Good for our Health?

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Auburn, Alabama — Nowadays, you can’t go anywhere without hearing the words gluten-free. You may feel pressured to jump on the bandwagon diet that celebrities endorse. Every grocery store, restaurant and many convenient stores offer a variety of gluten-free options to satisfy the growing popularity of this lifestyle. To understand what all the buzz is about, Dr. Onikia Brown, an ... Read More »

Aquaponics Workshop Set for April 11

AUBURN, Ala. – If you are looking for an interesting new business venture or hobby, consider attending the aquaponics workshop by Alabama Extension. One of the hottest topics in agriculture right now is aquaponics. Aquaponics is a form of farming that integrates aquaculture and hydroponics (growing plants without soil) to provide homegrown fish and vegetables that you control. The workshop ... Read More »

Billboards Say Eat Better, Move More, Make a Change 

Auburn, Ala.— Eat Better. Move More. Make a Change. Three key messages featured across billboards in Alabama until March 2017. Alabama Extension’s Nutrition Education Program (NEP), nationally funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program–Education, created a series of billboards that aim to prevent and reduce obesity in underserved Alabama communities. The billboard campaign will reach all corners of Alabama ... Read More »

Mandatory Auxin Herbicide Trainings Slated Across Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala. – New cotton and soybean varieties with resistance to several common herbicides are now available. In January, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries submitted new labeling for products containing 2,4-D or dicamba that are intended to be used in conjunction with these new varieties.  Alabama Extension will hold trainings across the state for farmers who plan to ... Read More »