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Post-Michael Forestry Seminar to be Held Dec. 13

DOTHAN, Ala.—Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialists will host a forestry seminar Thursday, Dec. 13, in conjunction with the USDA Farm Services Agency and the Alabama Forestry Commission, to help landowners make decisions about storm-damaged timber. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Houston County Extension Office. Bence Carter, a forestry, wildlife and natural resources regional agent, ... Read More »

Cost-Share Program: Assistance for Food Safety Certifications

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. –With recent reports of outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, it is even more important that producers complete food safety certification. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) recently announced a program that will help producers with the cost of these certifications. The cost-share program for specialty crop growers will alleviate the cost associated with GAP/GHP and hGAP ... Read More »

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects Farmers

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act buttons in a pile. Image by shutterstock.com/cbies.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Many farmers and ranchers will benefit from tax law changes brought about by last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Producers should be aware of changes and how they will affect the operation’s bottom line. Kevin Burkett, a Farm and Agribusiness Management Team regional agent, suggests contacting a tax professional to discuss changes and their ... Read More »

Alabama Row Crops Short Course Set for Dec. 13-14

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—The Alabama Row Crops Short course is scheduled for Dec. 13-14 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Formerly known as the Corn and Wheat Short Course, Dr. Brenda Ortiz an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist at Auburn University, expanded the program to encompass all Alabama row crops in 2017. Ortiz said the course provides ... Read More »

Agriculture Damage Ripples Through Wiregrass Economy

by Maggie Lawrence AUBURN UNIVERISTY, Ala.—The impact of agriculture damage from Hurricane Michael is rippling through southeast Alabama’s regional economy. The associate director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said that total agriculture impacts top more than $300 million and could cost the region more than 2,500 jobs. “Direct agricultural losses total $204 million alone,” said Dr. Paul Brown, Extension’s ... Read More »

Hurricane Deals Heavy Blow to Alabama Agriculture

Hurricane Michael agricultural damage.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Hurricane Michael caused almost $204 million in agricultural damage alone as it moved across Alabama. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Director Gary Lemme called it a devastating blow to farmers in the state’s Wiregrass region. “Cotton farmers suffered the greatest losses,” said Lemme. “But the storm affected every portion of Wiregrass agriculture, including row crops, livestock, poultry and timber ... Read More »

Crop Insurance Not a Guaranteed Payout for Farmers

hurricane-damaged cotton

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Insurance companies will be busy processing claims and assessing damages, as residents affected by Hurricane Michael work to recover. Crop insurance agents and adjusters, in tandem with Extension agents and other government program agencies, will work to help producers determine losses and file crop claims. Alabama Extension economist Max Runge said producers will assess and report damage in ... Read More »

Storm Hits Alabama Pecan Crops

Pecan orchard damage in Houston County, Alabama.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – There are not as many acres of pecans in southeast Alabama as there are row crop acres, but Hurricane Michael’s impact on pecan orchards is just as profound. Storm Damage Bryan Wilkins, a research associate at the Auburn University Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center, said that the storms had significant impacts on the pecan crop. ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Compiling Ag Loss Data

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Hurricane Michael devastated crops in Alabama’s Wiregrass region.  But for farmers to have access to the most disaster assistance, officials need comprehensive data on projected yields, estimated losses and other agricultural impacts.   The Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University will lead the data collection effort, documenting the complete effect Hurricane Michael had on Wiregrass area farmers. Alabama ... Read More »

Caring for Livestock After Hurricane Michael

AUBURN, Ala. – Hurricane Michael brought winds speeds of up to 155 mph and major rainfall, causing flooding in many areas of the south. Now that recovery efforts are underway, producers must also care for their livestock. Severe weather can cause stress and problems for livestock. Feed and Water      First, producers need a plan to ensure their animals have a ... Read More »