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Growing perennial plants in Alabama

Auburn, Ala.—With spring quickly approaching, many are rushing to plant their gardens hoping to beautify their yard with flowers. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could plant a garden once and enjoy the flowers for years to come? Perennial plants might be the solution to your problem. There are three types of plants: annuals, biennials and perennials. Annuals and biennials have short life spans. ... 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 »

Rose Rosette Disease Widespread in North Alabama

rose rosette disease

AUBURN, Ala.- A devastating rose disease is now widespread in north Alabama. Rose rosette disease,  identified in Alabama in 2010, is most severe in the Tennessee Valley area. First identified in California in the 1940s, it has spread east over the last 70 years. From the first report of rose rosette disease, scientists made little progress in identifying the cause of ... Read More »

November is National Peanut Butter Month

AUBURN, AL—When most people think of November, they think of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and all the popular foods that are served at our Thanksgiving meals. However, the month of November is dedicated to celebrating a food that many people enjoy on a daily basis: peanut butter. As one of the biggest producers of peanuts in the United States, Alabama ... Read More »

Soybeans–Important Part of Alabama Economy

Originating in eastern Asia, the soybean was first brought to the United States as a hay crop. Until the 1930s, soybeans were used as a high quality feed, primarily for horses, due to the high level of protein it provides. Today in Alabama, the soybean leads the farming economy with almost a third more land than cotton. “Soybeans have become ... Read More »

Don’t Get Tricked When Trick or Treating

trick or treating

AUBURN, Ala.–It’s time for pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns, hay rides, colorful leaves–and most exciting for the kids–trick or treating on Halloween! As a parent or as an adult who will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, it is important to know how to keep children safe on Halloween. The following are a few tips for parents and homeowners from Leigh Akins, ... Read More »

Legislators Tour Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center

CROSSVILLE, Ala.—Alabama state senator Clay Scofield and state representative Becky Nordgren visited Auburn University’s Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center Friday, Oct. 2. Dr. Gary Lemme, director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Dr. Art Appel, interim dean of Auburn University’s College of Agriculture, guided the legislative tour, which featured ongoing research efforts and Extension program efforts. “This research ... Read More »

Vigilance Critical in Avian Influenza Battle

Biosecurity measures in poultry houses

AUBURN, Alabama–Alabama agriculture officials and regional poultry experts continue to monitor commercial and backyard poultry operations for any sign of the avian influenza also known as bird flu. An outbreak of the deadly disease in Alabama has the potential to create a downturn in production in the state’s largest agri-business. Alabama is one of the nation’s leaders in broiler chicken production. The ... Read More »

Emergency Handbook Available for Mobile Devices

emergency handbook

Alabama Extension and WSFA-TV Partner in Emergency Handbook AUBURN, Alabama—Every Alabama family needs to prepare for severe weather. In a single year, the gamut of extreme weather may range from tornadoes in the spring to violent thunderstorms and flash flooding in the summer to fall hurricanes and ice storms in the winter. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a new ... Read More »