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Credit Vs. Debit: How to Avoid “Falling Into the Trap”

AUBURN, Ala.- Young Millennials are hearty consumers. Everyday purchasing decisions surround our lives. With limited hard-cash assets and the growth in paperless payments, the economy is becoming more controlled by debit cards and credit cards. Daily, U.S. consumers are faced with the challenge of budgeting such accounts properly. This task is not always easy. Although they are similar in appearance, credit and debit cards have many ... 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 »

Alfa Dorm at Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center Rededicated

Columbiana, Alabama — Members of the Alabama 4-H Foundation, Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation gathered at the Alabama 4-H Youth Development Center in Columbiana Nov. 10 for a special ribbon cutting rededicating the Alfa Dorm. “The Alfa Dorm at the Alabama 4-H Center has housed thousands of young 4-H campers since its construction in 1984.  The renovation of ... Read More »

Alabama Extension and Auburn University Gear Up for Sunbelt Ag Expo

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AUBURN,Ala.—When the 39th Sunbelt Ag Expo gets underway October 18 in Moultrie, Georgia, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University’s College of Agriculture will be on hand. Alabama Extension professionals, Auburn faculty and students will showcase research, education and Extension efforts to improve Alabama’s economy and quality of life. College of Agriculture Dean Paul Patterson says that Auburn University has a ... Read More »

New Extension Team Focused on Improving Farmers’ Business Decisions

agribusiness

AUBURN, Alabama — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has launched a new program team to assist farmers and agricultural producers enhance their operations. The new Farm and Agribusiness Management Team will help producers and agribusinesses in being and remaining successful enterprises. Max Runge, an Alabama Extension economist, said that the new team will focus on aiding producers on several topics. “Our ... Read More »

Expiration dates 101

expiration dates

Auburn, Alabama—Expiration dates are posted on all packaged and/or processed food items found in the grocery store. However, fruits and vegetables are left for us to wonder if they are safe or not to eat. This can cause confusion when trying to remember how long certain produce items will stay fresh and where they can be stored. What are the ... Read More »

Cotton Bollworms and Soybean Loopers Coming on Strong

cotton bollworms

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama row crop farmers need to be actively scouting their crops for two perennial pests, cotton bollworms and soybean loopers. Dr. Tim Reed, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says traps are capturing increased numbers of adults of both species. “We are seeing more cotton bollworm moths in pheromone traps in some central and south Alabama counties ... Read More »

Alabama Extension iBook Wins Prestigious National Award

AUBURN, Ala.—One of  Alabama Extension‘s iBook titles brought home the top award for publishing from the Association for Communication Excellence–marking the first time the traditionally print oriented award has been given to a digital publication.  Gardening in the South–Pest Management won the Outstanding Professional Skill Award at ACE’s recent national conference in Memphis.  ACE serves as the professional development organization for ... Read More »

Nitrate Toxicity: Problem across Dry South

nitrate toxicity cattle grazing weedy pasture

AUBURN, Ala.— Nitrate toxicity in cattle is a growing threat across southeastern states battling drought. An animal scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says drought is increasing the chance for livestock forages to develop elevated nitrate levels. Dr. Kim Mullenix says that nitrates can accumulate in forages when plants are stressed by low soil moisture, high temperatures or low humidity. ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Scientist Explains Advisory Issued for Several Alabama Water Systems

drinking water

AUBURN, Ala.—A scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says that the health advisory issued by the Environmental Protection Agency related to several Alabama water systems focuses on two compounds, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA). The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have identified several water systems in north Alabama that had ... Read More »