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Alabama Extension: Improving Alabama’s Quality of Life and Economy

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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 »

Farmers Wait for Warmer Soil Temperatures

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AUBURN, Ala.—Warm air, sunshine and fields ready for planting make the warmer days of winter tempting for many row crop producers throughout the state. However tempting the weather, farmers know the importance of waiting for warmer soil temperatures before planting. Brandon Dillard, an Alabama Extension agronomist, said cool soil temperatures are always difficult for farmers to deal with because as ... Read More »

Farmers Fighting Pest Pressures in Crops

Fall armyworm. John C. French Sr., Retired, Universities:Auburn, GA, Clemson and U of MO, Bugwood.org

Farmers in Alabama have worked hard to protect crops from a number of pests that have caused significant damage this summer. Most crop pests are the typical invaders — fall armyworms, beet armyworms, tobacco budworms and corn earworm — while others are newer to Alabama crops, like the spotted wing drosophila and sugarcane aphid.  Pest Pressure Update Dr. Kelly Palmer, Pest ... Read More »

Operation Grow: Building Opportunities for Veterans

AUBURN, Alabama–For many veterans, reentering civilian life after a military career is stressful. It’s a feeling that David Koon can relate too. While Koon is a regional home horticulture agent for Alabama Extension, he is also a member of the Alabama National Guard who has served multiple tours in the Middle East. “They come out of the military and they ... Read More »

Younger People Hesitate to Choose Farming Careers

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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 »