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Kelton Selected for SARE Fellows Program

Jessica Kelton was selected for the 2019 SARE Fellows Program.

AUBURN, Ala.—Jessica Kelton, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System regional extension agent, has been selected as a member of the two-year Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Fellows Program. Kelton Studies Conservation Kelton, who is also a member of the Extension farm and agribusiness management team, said she has been working with conservation practices since graduate school. The Auburn University graduate ... Read More »

Climate and Crops: A Guide to Variable Climate Farming

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 AUBURN, Ala.— Forecasts show a worsening drought expanding across the Southeast. Drought threatens Southeastern states’ economic health. In Alabama alone, major row crops generated more than $663 million in 2015. With crop prices low,  farmers need tools to help ensure that the 2017 season is profitable. Climate and Crops, a new iBook from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn ... Read More »

Rainwater Harvesting Could Revolutionize Poultry Industry

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AUBURN, Ala.—Raising broiler chickens takes water—a lot of water. But rainwater harvesting could substantially reduce Alabama poultry growers’ dependence on municipal water sources or well water and reduce growers’ annual water bill by as much as $16,000 or more and pay for itself in as few as four to five years. Dr. Gene Simpson, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

Warm Weather Not Welcome for Peach Growers

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CLANTON, Ala.—Sunny, mild days with highs in the 60s and 70s are the last thing Alabama’s peach growers want. A peach expert with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says growers would prefer cooler weather until bloom time. “We are behind on chill hours this year,” said Gary Gray, an Alabama Extension regional commercial horticulture agent. “Varieties grown in Alabama may ... Read More »

New iBook Available on High Tunnel Crop Production

Farmers, especially vegetable and fruit producers, are always looking for ways to boost production and extend their growing seasons. High tunnel production is a method with growing popularity. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has developed a new iBook to help farmers who are beginning high tunnel production. Available for download on iBooks, the “High Tunnel Crop Production Handbook” answers questions ... Read More »