Upcoming Events:

  • Right Bite Diabetes Cooking School

    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Location: G. P Thames Senior Community Center, Chicago St. Robertsdale, AL
    Calendar: Human Nutrition Diet & Health
    12/12 - Right Bite Diabetes Cooking School
  • Central Alabama Master Gardener Lunch and Learn (Elmore)

    Time: 12:00 PM
    Location: 340 Queen Ann Road, Wetumpka, AL
    Calendar: Home Grounds, Gardens & Home Pests
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    12/12 - Central Alabama Master Gardener Lunch and Learn (Elmore)
  • Farmer 101

    Time: 3:00 PM
    Location: 508 14th street
    Calendar: Commercial Horticulture
    12/12 - Farmer 101
  • Farmer 101

    Time: 3:00 PM
    Location: 508 14th street
    Calendar: Commercial Horticulture
    12/19 - Farmer 101
  • ForestHER ON FIRE

    Time: 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    Location: Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center - 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia, AL 36420
    Calendar: Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resource Mgmt.
    01/22 - ForestHER ON FIRE
  • ForestHER ON FIRE

    Time: 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    Location: Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center - 12130 Dixon Center Road, Andalusia, AL 36420
    Calendar: Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resource Mgmt.
    01/23 - ForestHER ON FIRE
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Alabama Smart Yards - ANR-1359
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Easy Ways Homeowners Can Reduce Water Use

Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests … How much water do you use a... more

Pest management training videos for beginning farmers

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

Your Honey Bees and an Early Spring

So, in case you've not been outside for the last 2 months, you've noticed that Winter in Alabama was held... more

Lawrence County’s Speake School Uses JMG Program to Teach Youth about Importance of Agriculture; Farming

Children attending Speake Elementary in rural Lawrence County are setting the bar higher for youth around the state by learning... more

Don't Let Water Be the Last Thing on Your Mind

Alabama averages 55 inches of rain per year … Unfortunately, there are times that... 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


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...