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Sugarcane Aphids Feed on Alabama Grain Sorghum

Growers throughout the southern U.S. are trying to ward off a new crop pest as sugarcane aphids make their way to fields of grain sorghum in Alabama for the second year in a row. The pests were first found in the U.S. in 1977 in Florida and appeared in Louisiana in 1999. New research indicates that the aphids in Florida and ... Read More »

Save Money And Energy Through Rainwater Harvesting

Ever notice how much it rains in the southeast? Alabama alone receives an average of 55 inches of rain a year. Although this is a lot of precipitation it is still important to consider water conservation. Dr. Eve Bantley, a water quality specialist with Alabama Extension says rain barrels and cisterns are water conservation methods that require little maintenance and ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H and Buckmasters Partner on Shooting Sports Invitational

AUBURN, Ala.—Shooting sports clubs rank among the most active and fastest growing programs in Alabama 4-H. Both 4-H and non-4-H youth from across the country are invited to test their skills at the 2015 Alabama 4-H S.A.F.E. Invitational  Aug. 13 through 16 in Montgomery, Alabama. Emily Nichols, a 4-H specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, oversees Alabama 4-H’s Natural ... Read More »

Biosecurity Crucial Tool In Avian Influenza Battle

Biosecurity measures in poultry houses

AUBURN, Ala.–While avian influenza has been confirmed in 20 states, Alabama remains free of the disease and Alabama poultry producers are doing all that they can to keep the disease at bay. A poultry scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said poultry producers are more vigilant than ever when it comes to sanitation and other biosecurity measures. “All our ... Read More »

Alabama Birding Trails Perfect for Summer

AUBURN, Ala.–Summers in Alabama are known for their heat and humidity, but a lesser-known attribute is the great bird watching that can be done almost anywhere in the state. With eight geographic regions and 270 sites, the Alabama Birding Trails are ideal places to do all of your bird watching this summer. Whether it’s a random day trip or a ... Read More »

Oyster Farming: A Rising Trend in Alabama

Oysters not only fulfill people’s seafood cravings, they also provide a valuable natural resource for the environment and economy in Alabama. According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the average contribution of traditional oyster harvest to the Alabama economy is estimated to be $3 million per year. There are currently eight commercial oyster farms and this summer Alabama will also ... Read More »

Better Cattle Market Prices Finally

The beef market skyrocketed after a drought forced farmers to liquidate millions of cattle in the United States, significantly reducing beef supplies.  In addition, beef demand has increased across the nation.  That means American cattle farmers have enjoyed a year where beef prices are finally getting them paid for what they do. “I feel good about the cattle prices being ... 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 »

Alabama–Popular Among Retirees

Although Alabama is a popular place for college students and growing businesses, several cities in Alabama are also becoming increasingly popular for retirees. Cities such as Birmingham, Huntsville, Auburn, Montgomery, Mobile and the Lake Martin area offer access to warm weather, golf, beaches, lakes and healthcare, all at a lower cost than other more traditional retirement areas. Wanda Jurriaans, county Extension ... Read More »

Alabama Saves Week

Alabama Saves Week is Feb. 23 -28.  This week is part of a year-long campaign to promote financial health and well being in Alabama by educating people of all ages to spend and save wisely. (Photo available via Alabama Saves) A variety of activities are available to teach youth and adults how to save money. Some of the events include budgeting and spending ... Read More »