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Alabama Extension Work with Organic Producers Recognized Nationally

organic producers

AUBURN, Ala.— Insects are a significant problem for Alabama’s conventional fruit and vegetable growers, but for the state’s organic producers, they are a huge problem. Organic growers have a strong ally in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. A team led by Ayanava Majumdar, an Extension entomologist, has used grants from the Sustainable Agriculture and Education (SARE) program to identify new ... Read More »

Pollen…but why?

Auburn, Ala.—When spring rolls around, people’s allergies flare up and pollen is usually to blame. However, pollen is a necessity in nature that people cannot live without.  The sole purpose of pollen is to reproduce the plant. “If we don’t have pollen floating through the air, then the ovules in the female part of the flower are not fertilized, so they do not ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Conducting Grant Workshop to Support Local Foods

farmers market grant workshop

AUBURN, Ala. – A free workshop designed to help Alabama farmers and others develop grant applications will be held Friday, April 1, in Selma. Sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the workshop will focus on effective grant writing strategies for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) programs such as the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program. ... Read More »

University Workshop Offers Fun and Educational Way to Learn about Dairy Goats

dairy goat

AUBURN, Ala.– Dairy Goat Awareness Introductory Resource for Youth is an educational workshop for youths and adults that will teach the students about the U.S. Dairy Goat Industry. Dairy Goat U will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stone Hollow Farmstead, 2006 Dead Hollow Road North, Harpersville, Ala. 35078. The different classes ... 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 »

Alabama Poultry Producers Monitor Indiana Avian Influenza Outbreak

avian influenza

Auburn, Ala. – Indiana confirmed the nation’s first outbreak of high pathogen avian influenza in 2016. It was found on an Indiana turkey farm in January. In Alabama, poultry producers continue to monitor flocks and use extensive biosecurity measures to protect the state’s largest agri-business from avian influenza. Dr. Ken Macklin, a poultry scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, ... Read More »

4-H Chick Chain Grows Ability

Auburn, Ala.—Alabama’s 4-H Chick Chain project has had growing success since 2013. It has expanded from just a few counties participating to almost a majority of the 67 counties taking part in the 4-H program. Targeted at Alabama youth 9 to 19, it teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and raising chickens. Participation helps youth develop poultry management ... Read More »

Adding Blueberries to Home Landscape

blueberries

AUBURN, Ala.—Looking for a plant to grow in an area with full sun and that becomes more drought resistant over time? Blueberries are an excellent choice when adding plants to gardens and home landscaping. Assuming the soil conditions and the amount of available sunlight are adequate, blueberries can be incorporated almost anywhere. The blueberry plant itself is adorned in spring ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Professionals Host Precision Ag Workshop

precision ag

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn University and Alabama Extension professionals will host a Precision Agriculture Workshop in Auburn, Ala. on Jan. 28, 2016. The event will take place at the Auburn University Dixon Hotel and Conference Center. Cutting edge precision agriculture presentations and precision ag demonstrations will be led by Extension professionals and private companies. Alabama Extension Precision Ag and Grain Crops Specialist Brenda ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Grows Hope

Alabama 4-H Grows

AUBURN, Ala.–Alabama 4-H grows young people and helps them see the possibilities of who they can become. The state’s largest youth organization builds hope in young people by introducing them to opportunities and challenges that they might not have experienced. Take a moment to watch the video above and learn what Daniel Sullen, an Alabama 4-H alumnus and current Alabama 4-H ... Read More »