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Celebrate Arbor Week in Alabama

Arbor Day is nationally recognized in April, but the last full week of February is set aside as Arbor Week in Alabama to encourage citizens across the state to take time to plant trees. “We would like to get our trees in the ground before they start leafing out in the spring,” said Dr. David West, Calhoun County coordinator for Alabama ... Read More »

Ambitious Strategic Plan to Expand Alabama’s Agriculture and Forestry Sectors

AUBURN, Ala.—Agriculture, forestry and related industries contribute $70.4 billion–nearly  40 percent—to Alabama’s gross state product. Proponents of a new strategic plan would like to see agriculture’s impact on the state’s economy grow even larger by 2020. The plan from the Alabama Agriculture & Forestry Steering Committee calls for a more cooperative relationship between business and government. Alabama Extension Director Gary ... Read More »

Extension Promoting Health Literacy in Alabama

When it comes to literacy, “health” is not the first word that comes to mind. Oftentimes, literacy is associated solely with education in the academic sense, discarding the notion of literacy for health. In a nation where 81 percent of patients over age 60 cannot read or understand basic materials such as prescriptions labels, health literacy has become imperative in ... Read More »

Urban Professionals Discover Value of Cooperative Extension

Planting native grasses is not what David Brush normally does. An Auburn University trained landscape architect, Brush is the man behind the designs and plans that others execute for his company’s clients. Recently, Brush and about two dozen other landscape architects, landscapers and municipal planners and engineers spent an afternoon installing plants as part of a workshop sponsored by the ... Read More »

Dealing With Wild Pigs

Wild Pig Video

Wild pigs  are a growing problem in nationally, ranging over 45 states. Pigs damage the environment and are also a threat to wildlife and humans. Both land owners and hunters are looking for answers to this problem. Experts agree that the rapid increase in the wild pig population is in large part due to humans and “trap and transfer.” Hunters are ... Read More »

White Sugarcane Aphid Now Found in 12 Alabama Counties

By: Dr. Kathy Flanders, Extension Specialist and Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology White sugarcane aphid has been identified on sorghum in 12 Alabama counties. The pest was first found in late July by Dr. Austin Hagan, a plant pathologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System on variety tests in Brewton, Ala. Dr. Charles Ray, an Auburn University entomologist, confirmed the ... Read More »