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Western Heritage Project

The 4-H S.A.F.E. Western Heritage Project includes rifle, shotgun, and pistol disciplines. In addition to progressive shooting in old West attire, youth learn about arts, crafts, and survival skills that Americans practiced as the young nat…

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Alabama Cottage Food Law: Making Jams and Jellies (Video III)

The Alabama Cottage Food Law, which went into effect in 2014, provides rules and regulations for foods prepared by cottage food entrepreneurs. These foods include jams and jellies that can be safely canned in a boiling water bath canner.

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ServSafe

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System Food Safety team teaches ServSafe classes each year. These classes meet food service safety standards required by the Alabama Department of Public Health. The cost is $130 if paying online and $140 …

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Identification and Control of Snakes in Alabama

Approximately 40 species of snakes occur in Alabama, and only six of these are venomous. Yet these six attract a lot of attention. Get a crowd of people together and yell snake and you’re bound to get a reaction. Since early times, people…

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Feeding Birds

As interest in wildlife has grown in recent years, the fascination of attracting birds to feeding stations has also grown. More than 62 million Americans feed birds around their homes, and many people maintain natural areas and plantings fo…

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Alabama Cottage Food Law: Food Safety (Video II)

Alabama Extension teaches Cottage Food Law courses across the state. Find one near you.

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Food safety should be your first consideration in preparing food for your family or for your customers. Before you start to prepar…

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Black Widow and Recluses

Figure 1. Female black widow spider showing hourglass pattern.

Avoiding Venomous Spiders of the Southeast 
Spiders are one of the most feared groups of animals on the planet. Even the word spider may bring to mind images of…

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Drought Preparation and Water Conservation

A drought is a period of abnormally dry weather that persists long enough to produce a serious hydrologic imbalance, causing, for example, crop damage and shortages in the water supply. The severity of a drought depends on the degree of moi…

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Alabama Cottage Food Law: Rules and Regulations (Video I)

The Alabama Cottage Food Law went into effect in 2014 and provides guidance and information for cottage food entrepreneurs. The law states that individuals can produce certain nonhazardous foods in their homes.  Cottage food cannot be sold…

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Flood and Water Damage

With planning, you can prevent some damage to interior contents and reduce the loss of important items. Some changes include moving items up and out of harm’s way; allowing materials to drain and dry faster; and making repairs easier to d…

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