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Alabama Extension Has New Gardening Tool

gardening iBook

AUBURN, Ala. – Warm weather lures gardeners and homeowners to garden centers and large home improvement retailers like moths to a flame. But adding new plants to the landscape without planning can cause problems. But the latest addition to Alabama Extension’s “Gardening in the South” iBook series can solve that problem for trees, shrubs and plants that are year-round elements in the ... Read More »

Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds

AUBURN, Ala. – Herbicide resistant weeds are a growing problem for row crop farmers. Dr. Joyce Tredaway Ducar, an Alabama Extension weed scientist, said scouting fields is critical. “Scouting is the only way to know which weeds are present, and their patterns in the field can help to understand why they are present,” said Tredaway Ducar. Adding scouting to your ... Read More »

Spotlight on Turkey Hunting

Auburn, Alabama—It’s that time of year. Hundreds of Americans come out of their winter slumber and adorn their camouflage armor. Turkey season is in full swing, and not a minute can be wasted. Turkey hunting is an exciting sport that takes place March 15 through April 30 in most parts of Alabama. Though normally compared to deer hunting, turkey hunting ... Read More »

Food Entrepreneur Conference Set for April 27-28

food entrepreneur

AUBURN, Ala.–Last year, more than 40 aspiring and up-and-coming food entrepreneurs attended the Food Entrepreneur Conference in Auburn to learn more about starting their own food business. Patricia Barnes, or “Sister Schubert,” shared the story of how she got her Parker House-style yeast rolls – a family recipe – into grocery stores nationwide, and marketing guru John Marsh talked about ... Read More »

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 »