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Muscadines-Backbone of Alabama Wine Industry

muscadine

AUBURN, Alabama —People make wine around the world, even in Alabama. The state’s wineries are more abundant than some might think, each with their own unique wines and atmosphere.  Dr. Elina Coneva, an Alabama Extension fruit specialist, said which grapes can be grown in Alabama impacts the types of wines that can be produced. Coneva said muscadine grapes, Vitis rotundifolia, grow best in ... Read More »

Yellowhammer or Northern Flicker: It’s Alabama’s State Bird

northern flicker

AUBURN, Alabama — Designated back in 1927, Alabama’s state bird, the Yellowhammer, is really a Northern flicker . A  member of the woodpecker family, Northern flickers got their common name comes from the bright yellow coloring on the undersides of their wings. Dr. Jim Armstrong, a wildlife scientist with Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said while found in Alabama all year round, the Northern flicker ... Read More »

Recycling: What it Means for the Environment and the Economy

Auburn, Alabama — Recycling is the process of converting waste products into reusable materials. This process allows products to be used to their fullest extent. How Does the Recycling Process Work? In Bibb and Chilton counties in Alabama, typical recyclable materials include cardboard boxes, office paper, newspapers, magazines, books, metal food cans, aluminum cans, #1 plastic containers (soft drink bottles) ... Read More »

Farm City Day Connects Students To Agricultural Roots

AUTAUGAVILLE, Ala.—For more than sixty years, counties throughout Alabama have celebrated Farm City Week. Different events designed to bring rural and urban communities together happen throughout the state during the month of November. The 2016 Farm City Week theme is “Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet.” Farm City Day Field Trip Extension offices throughout the state are active participants in ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Paddles with RiverKids Program

Auburn, Ala. –Alabama offers a bounty of year-round sunshine, scenery and water to enjoy.  Its 78,438 miles of navigable waterways offer many exciting opportunities to residents and visitors to have fun while exploring nature. As such, paddle sports have become an increasingly popular form of outdoor recreation throughout the state. Alabama 4-H has partnered with the Alabama Scenic River Trail to ... Read More »

Helping Farmers Improve Nutrient Management

Manure as fertilizer

The use of manure is the oldest trick in the book of raising crops, but the Alabama Cooperative Extension System helps producers find ways to use manure that will benefit the farmers without damaging the environment. The Price Gap “The value of nutrients found in a ton of broiler litter is around $75 per ton, based on current commercial fertilizer ... Read More »

Alabama Extension’s Ortiz Recognized Nationally for Climate Change Project

Brenda Ortiz

The Southeast Climate Extension project, a large-scale partnership of six universities across the Southeast, was recently awarded the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Partnership Award for Multistate Efforts. Brenda Ortiz, an associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences and specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is part of the team whose efforts aim ... Read More »