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IPM Videos for Beginning Farmers

Alabama Vegetable IPM Project reaches out to a large variety of audience through multiple communication channels... more

2015 AFVGA Conference Highlights for Beginning and Experienced Farmers

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Fall Vegetable Growers Workshop: Focus on Cole Crops (Dec 4 at Chilton REC, Clanton, 1 p.m.)

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Cabbage Insect Pest Management: Recent lessons from field studies

Cabbages are popular among open field and high tunnel crop producers during fall …... more

Save the Date: Farm and Home Rainwater Harvesting Workshop

By Robert Spencer​, Urban Regional Extension Specialist ​​    The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Unit is partnering with the Alabama... more

NTFPs Please!

Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management … Non-Timber Forest Products Fall Webinar Series This... more

Growing Organically Workshop - July 10th

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Extension Joins Operation Green Team for Earth Day 2014 Celebration

Alabama Extension's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Unit is partnering with the City of Huntsville's Operation Green Team to observe Earth... more

Kudzu Bugs No Match for Old Man Winter’s Persistence

by James Langcuster on 3/11/2014 9:22 AM If Old Man Winter deserves credit this year for reducing kudzu bugs, it is... more

Fire Ant Control Products For Home Vegetable Production

Fire ants can be controlled in home vegetable gardens … This publication should help... more


Building Green: What Does it Mean?

Building a House

Those planning to build or buy an office building or home are faced with new terminology—green building. As builders and contractors address the desire of their customers to protect the environment, green building is increasingly becoming a feature of construction practices.

Building with green guidelines has environmental and financial benefits. These guidelines produce structures that consume less energy, less water, and fewer, less wasteful construction materials, promoting the efficient use of resources and providing lower operating costs. Some certification program guidelines also focus on the human health aspects of buildings, improving indoor air quality by using fewer toxic compounds during the construction process.

While green building construction costs may be somewhat higher than those of traditional methods, they are offset by lower operation and maintenance costs over the life of the building and by the high demand for green buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that buildings constructed using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system have an 8 to 9 percent reduction in operating costs, a 7.5 percent increase in value, a 3.5 percent increase in occupancy, and a 3 percent increase in rent. more...