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Be Safe This Harvest Season–Tractor Safety Tips

tractor farm safety

Auburn, Alabama — Harvest season hustles on in Alabama. Jimmy Jones, Alabama Cooperative Extension System coordinator in Henry County, offers a few important safety reminders for all tractor operators and farm families during harvest season. Farmers have likely heard these safety tips before, but they are important to remember. 1. One Seat, One Driver This rule is important to remember for both children ... Read More »

Peach Crop Insurance Meeting March 2 at Alabama Green Industry Training Center

Peach Crop Insurance

AUBURN, Alabama — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is hosting a Peach Crop Insurance meeting with the USDA Risk Management Agency, Thursday, March 2. The meeting is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alabama Green Industry Training Center at 5521 Cahaba Valley Rd, Birmingham, Alabama. Centered in Chilton County, the peach industry is an important part of Alabama’s economy. According to the U.S. ... Read More »

Seasonal Produce: Best Time to Buy

Auburn, Alabama — Buying and eating food in its correct season is a cost-saving way to enjoy the health benefits of  seasonal produce. It also puts money back into the local economy and reduces  environmental impact. Growing seasons vary around the country. Today’s food system gives the illusion that certain fruits and vegetables are in season year-round. What are the costs and benefits of ... Read More »

Bayer-Monsanto Deal Impacts Farmers

By Hunter Reardon Auburn, Alabama —The proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger, which will bring both chemical companies under the Bayer umbrella, could have a significant impact on cotton seed prices. Other seed prices may not be impacted for now, says Alabama Extension economist Max Runge, though other mergers down the road could pose a different set of issues. The German pharmaceutical giant, Bayer, ... Read More »

Wiregrass Cotton Expo Offers Profitability Training for Producers

Auburn, Ala.—Cotton growers throughout the state are looking for ways to maximize cotton crop profits in a market where prices are low and inputs are high. In order to produce high quality cotton for a top dollar price, farmers will need a strategic plan for the upcoming growing season. Extension agronomist William Birdsong said Alabama Extension is offering an opportunity for producers ... 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 »

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Set for November 2015

AUBURN, Alabama—In 2014, fresh market vegetable and melon production in Alabama was valued at more than $20 million, an increase of more than 25 percent over 2013. As Alabama growers look to improve production and their bottom line, the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Fall Conference will give producers the most recent information and research. The conference will be ... Read More »

Extension Scouting Schools Equip Farmers

Insect scouting schools are one example of the many ways Alabama Extension is giving back to Alabama farmers. Alabama Extension professionals gathered in Autaugaville, Ala., to equip farmers with the knowledge and ability to control pests in the field. Scouting for crop pests has long been an important step in preventing insect damage. With genetically modified seed, many farmers can avoid ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Offers Additional Farm Bill Trainings

AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama farmers and producers face some challenges in navigating the complexities of the 2014 Farm Bill. Gone are the days of using a simple one page work sheet and a pencil to determine which programs were a farmer’s best options. These days, the tool farmers need is a computer. Robert Page, an economist with Alabama Extension, said that is ... Read More »

Younger People Hesitate to Choose Farming Careers

Farming--Young Farmer

The popular nursery rhyme “Old McDonald,” is shifting from a fictional character to reality with the growing population of older farmers. It’s a fact, farmers in our country are aging, and the younger generations are not becoming as involved. According to the most recent agricultural census, the average age of farmers in the United States is 56, with the average ... Read More »