Planting the Seed
One out of four Alabama residents received information and programming in 2015. 1.2 million Alabamians attended an Extension educational program, received personal guidance, or participated in 4-H activities. These programs are relevant to contemporary and local issues, research based, and provided through sustained personal and institutional relationships. Digital advances coupled with the personal touch of Extension educational professionals make Extension an asset to our state. Alabama Extension is the combined effort of Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities.
This year has been exceptionally dry for Alabama. Conditions in every county range from abnormally dry to exceptional drought. The east and northeast portions of Alabama have been hardest hit by this year's drought.
As of early October, 29 counties in Alabama have been designated as primary natural disaster areas and 15 additional counties are classified as contiguous by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.