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Cloverbuds

The Cloverbud program is a special part of the total Alabama 4-H youth development program. It is a way to build confidence, social skills, decision-making abilities, knowledge, and physical skills of 5 to 8 year olds. In Cloverbuds, young …

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Manufactured Home Safety

Proper installation of your manufactured home and a few precautions will help you to prevent storm and fire damage. The Forty-Second Congress of the United States passed the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Act in 1974…

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Backyard Composting

In Alabama, a family of four generates an average of 2.5 tons of garbage per year—nearly a half ton of which is yard refuse and kitchen waste that can be composted. According to the EPA, Americans recycle and compost about 33 perc…

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Nectar and Pollen Producing Plants of Alabama: A Guide for Beekeepers

Honey bees and plants have a special relationship. Each benefits the other. Flowering plants provide food for honey bees; in turn, bees provide pollination for many plants, enabling them to reproduce.

Honey bees visit flowers to …

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Backyard Tomato Production

The tomato is almost everyone’s favorite vegetable. Two or three well-managed plants for each member of the family will usually provide plenty of fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes from about late spring until the first frost in the fal…

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Sheep Production in the Southeast

The Southeast offers economic and ecological advantages to developing a profitable sheep flock that include a temperate climate free from extreme temperatures, potential for year-round forage availability, and a variety of marketing…

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Vaccinations for the Beef Cattle Herd

Vaccination programs for beef cattle herds are designed to protect the animals from diseases caused by infectious organisms such as viruses, bacteria, and protozoans. Vaccines stimulate an animal’s immune system to produce a prote…

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Home Gardening: Rabbiteye Blueberries

Rabbiteye blueberries are one of the most delicious fruits grown in the South. They are also one of the easiest of fruit plantings to grow. The plant is prized for its ornamental value of spring flowers and fall colors and is often…

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Forestry Herbicide Facts

Weed-control chemicals are used in forestry for site preparation before planting, herbaceous weed control during the first 2 years after planting, and release of established crop trees from competing woody vegetation. The purpose of…

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Bird Houses for Songbirds

Bluebirds, robins, chickadees, titmice, wrens, and purple martins adapt easily to using bird houses. They will choose rural or urban yards alike where there is a small patch of suitable habitat. This may consist of homemade bird hou…

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