Youth Livestock Expo Highlights March
Auburn, Feb. 27---March
Madness often refers to basketball, but in Alabama, it could also
describe the extensive youth livestock events slated for the month.
More than 400 young people will show beef cattle and sheep as part
of the Alabama Junior Livestock Expo. (More...)
and Vegetables, Likely Breast Cancer Safeguard
Auburn, Feb. 27---Do
fruits and vegetables play a role in preventing breast cancer?
Although some experts arenít convinced, at least
one nutritionist strongly believes they do play a role, if only
Environment Play a Role in Alzheimerís Disease?
Auburn, Feb. 23---Many scientists have assumed for a
long time that genes are the biggest determinant of Alzheimerís
Now, a new study challenges that assumption. (More...)
Claims About Canola Oil
e-mail messages concerning canola oil have been circulating
on the Internet. The claim is that canola oil is bad for
information is totally false," says Dr. Jean Weese, a
food safety scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension
System. "Canola oil is one of the more heart healthy
oils on the market, " says Weese. (More...)
Floods No. 1 Cause of Deaths Associated With Thunderstorms
22---Flash floods and floods are the No.1 cause of
deaths associated with thunderstorms. More than 140
fatalities are recorded each year. Most flash flood
fatalities occur at night and most victims are people who
become trapped in automobiles. (More...)
Costs Force Farmers to Evaluate Expenditures
farmers are reviewing their budgets for the coming season
because of rising fertilizer costs and other expenses. (More...)
Prices Soar" (Progressive
Named 2001 Merit Farmer Family
Row: (left to right)
Viola Brown Ray (sister), Lee
Brown Jones (sister), Willie James Brown, (Merit
Farmer), Vera Brown (wife), Demeatris Looney
(great-grandson), Mary Brown Cooper (sister).
Row (left to right):
Daryl Lamont Brown
(grandson), Jasmine Brown (granddaughter), Theresa
Looney (granddaughter), Awbrazenda Brown (daughter),
LaDaryl Brown (great-grandson), Denise Laister
(daughter), Eva Looney (daughter) and Audrey Zeigler
University Extension Program recently presented the Willie
James Brown family with the 2001 Merit Farm Family Award.
This annual award is given to an Alabama farm family that
exhibits agricultural success and community service. The
Willie James Brown family personify both. (More...)
Weather Brings Dangerous Thunderstorms
21---Spring is the
peak season for thunderstorms in Alabama. Thunderstorms are
generated by temperature imbalances in the atmosphere. When
warm air near the earth's surface collides with cool air
above, turbulence occurs, resulting in thunderstorms.
Severe Weather Warning Can Save Your Life
21---Each year many
people are hurt or killed by tornadoes and severe
thunderstorms in Alabama despite advance warnings. Some did
not hear the warning, while others heard the warning but did
not heed it.
Prepared: Avoid Being Struck by Lightning
21---This week is
Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Alabama. Throughout the
state, various media outlets are reminding the public that
springtime usually brings with it a number of severe
thunderstorms, dangerous lightning, flash floods and
tornadoes. This week's a good time to review safety tips
concerning severe weather.
and Forestry Resource Summit Cancelled
Auburn, Feb. 13--The
Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) and the Alabama
Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) have cancelled the
Feb. 21-22 Agriculture and Forestry Resource Summit in
Rains Have Not Restored Alabamaís Water Table, Expert Says
Auburn, Feb. 13--If you think heavy
rainfall this winter has replenished Alabamaís water
table, think again.
For starters, much of the rain that fell
across Alabama this winter ended up being washed into lakes,
rivers and streams instead of seeping into the soil and
eventually reaching underground water reservoirs (or
Reduction No Master Key For Controlling Hypertension
Auburn, Feb. 13--Many people have
assumed reducing table salt intake is the simplest way to
control high blood pressure.
Granted, sodium chloride (table salt) is an
important factor in hypertension. Some studies even have
shown that reducing sodium in processed foods, home cooking
and table use could result in a 5- to 10-point decrease in
Proposes Steps to Ensure Safety of Ready-to-Eat Meat and
D.C., Feb. 12---In
an effort to reduce the risk of human illness from
ready-to-eat meat and poultry products, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture is proposing regulation that will require
meat and poultry processors to conduct environmental testing
for generic Listeria. In addition, the new regulations will
establish safety performance standards for illness-causing
bacteria in all ready-to-eat and partially heat-treated meat
and poultry products.
A Boon for the Brain?
Auburn, Feb. 9--The next time an elderly
friend or relative displays a lapse in mental ability, donít
assume the worst.
While itís quite possible such lapses may
stem from aging, they may instead be symptoms of a chronic
Ends 36-Year Extension Career
Auburn, Feb. 7--Dr.
James L. Smith, the Alabama Cooperative Extension Systemís
associate director for Human Resources, retired recently
after a 36-year career.
As associate director of
Human Resource Development, Smith was responsible for
managing Extensionís statewide personnel system. This
included responsibility for employee recruitment and
selection as well as wage and salary administration in all
of the state, regional and local Extension offices located
throughout the state.
Nutrition Labeling Proposed for Meat and Poultry
Auburn, Feb. 6--New
nutrition labeling requirements for meat and poultry,
providing consumers with more information about fat,
calories and cholesterol content, have been proposed by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
AND DECKER RECALLS TO REPAIR 12-INCH MITER SAWS
and Decker Inc. of Towson, Md., is recalling more than 6,300
Industry and Construction brand 12-miter saws. Models 3660 TY1, and
3680 TY1, which make angled cuts are being recalled because bolts on
the saws can loosen and the blade detach, posing a risk of
lacerations to consumers.
Unveils New Nutrition Web Site
6---The USDA recently unveiled a new Web site that
provides easy access to federal government information on
nutrition. The address is
Producers Battling High Fuel Costs
costs, coupled with a much colder than normal winter, are
causing the state's poultry growers significant problems.
The high fuel costs are cutting into potential profits and
growers are looking for ways to handle the steep increases.
Pediatric Cold Drug Recalled
Feb. 5---Great Southern Laboratories, a Houston
pharmaceutical manufacturer, has issued a recall of all
bottles of Cydec Drops, Lot #02950, a prescription pediatric
cold drug. The product is a one-ounce bottle and calibrated
dropper packaged in a carton, all bearing Cypress
Pharmaceutical Inc. labeling. More than 6,000 bottles were
distributed to wholesalers for national distribution in Dec.
ALABAMA COMING IN MARCH TO A COUNTY NEAR YOU
5---Looking for a fun and risk-free way to burn fat,
lower blood pressure, lose weight, ward off heart disease,
strengthen your bones and muscles, prevent certain cancers,
boost your mood and add years to your life? Walk!
Alabama may be just what you're looking for.