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Food Friday: Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo week! While today isn’t exactly Cinco de Mayo, it doesn’t mean yummy Mexican food won’t make this weekend’s menu. Spice it up with some dishes from below the border. Mexican Bean Casserole 3 cups cooked dried pinto beans 1 cup canned tomatoes 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper 3/4 cup chopped onion 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon ... Read More »

Alabama’s Chick Chain Project Expanding to Florida

Alabama has had great and growing success with the Chick Chain project since 2013. Now, other states are taking notice and adopting the program to their 4-H programs as well. Florida 4-H is taking on the Chick Chain project after seeing how beneficial and successful it was in Alabama’s 4-H program. The Chick Chain project is a program targeted at ... Read More »

Food Friday: Pound Cake

Spring is in the air! Sunshine, cool breezes and beautiful weather call for open windows. What better for dinner guests to smell drifting down the road or through the neighborhood than a homemade dessert? Since most fruits aren’t ripe for the picking, an old fashioned pound cake just might do the trick. There are so many types of pound cakes ... Read More »

Getting Gardens Ready for Spring

Preparing the Garden

With the official first day of spring still a week or so away, now is a good time to begin preparing your flower beds and gardens for the season. By practicing a few garden maintenance tactics, your gardens will blossom to life with ease. Preparation of vegetable and flower bed gardens for new plants can begin at any time, but the ... Read More »

Extension Programs Growing State’s Vegetable Production

vegetable production

More than 65 percent of the Alabama farms producing vegetables grow crops on less than 5 acres. Dr. Paul Mask, an assistant director with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said vegetable production now is different from it was as recently as the late 1990s. “We have more farmers than ever farming on small acreages,” said Mask.  “In 1997, only about ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Offers Additional Farm Bill Trainings

AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama farmers and producers face some challenges in navigating the complexities of the 2014 Farm Bill. Gone are the days of using a simple one page work sheet and a pencil to determine which programs were a farmer’s best options. These days, the tool farmers need is a computer. Robert Page, an economist with Alabama Extension, said that is ... Read More »

Farming America and the Digital Divide

As many Americans march forward with new technology to make their lives easier, there is a portion of the population being left behind–waiting to access new technologies and new applications. Broadband access and fiber-optic telephone lines may seem like standard amenities, but for many in rural America, it is a matter of access and affordability. Max Runge, an economist with ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Icon Honored for her Service to Extension, 4-H and Country

Ann Barr, known as the “Spirit of Alabama 4-H,” was recently honored during a celebration at Azalea Place in Auburn for her 43 years of service to Alabama Extension and 4-H, and her years of military service. A plaque honoring Barr was placed at the base of a new flag pole at Azalea Place. Retired 4-H colleagues Tony Dozier, Bob ... Read More »