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Estate Planning: Managing your Affairs

Estate Plan
Do you know the answers to the following questions?

Who will make health care decisions if you are unable to make them yourself?
Who will manage your financial affairs if you become feeble or are in a nursing home?
W…

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Euthanasia of Livestock

While no livestock owner ever wants to lose an animal, sometimes euthanasia is the most humane option for sick, injured, and debilitated livestock.

Euthanasia is a Greek term meaning good death and occurs when death is induced wi…

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Breeding Soundness Examination for Replacement Heifers

Replacement heifers are an investment with long-term consequences, both financially and genetically. Heifers are evaluated based on breed, physical soundness, conformation, genetic analysis, growth, body condition score, visual appr…

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Prevention Best Medicine for Calf Scours

When new calves are born and start growing, so does the threat of calf scours (diarrhea). A variety of infectious microorganisms, including bacteria (e.g., E. coli, Salmonella spp., Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter ssp.), viru…

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Honey, I’m Home: Common Home Pests

As the seasons change and the temperature outside drops, cooler weather prompts bugs and rodents to seek a place to hang their winter hats. So, why not your home? The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) lists mice, opossums, raccoon…

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STREAM: Reading is Still Fundamental

Education for youth ages 5–18  Reading skills are vital to understanding STEM concepts and will lead to success across all disciplines. STREAM uses disciplinary literacy instruction to increase success in STEM classes and spark interest…

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Frogeye Leaf Spot of Soybeans

This aggressive fungus is known to be resistant to certain fungicides in some soybean varieties. The following guidelines provide farmers with needed options for managing their variety of soybean.

Frogeye leaf spot (FLS), c…

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Family Mealtime Matters

Focus on Mealtime
Research shows that youth who experience frequent family meals together, at least four to five times a week, are more confident and well adjusted, more socially interactive, perform better in school, consume healthier die…

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Automatic Section Control Technology for Row Crop Planters

Automatic section control (ASC) technology for planters has gained interest among growers because of its potential savings and other benefits. Automatic section control is also referred to as auto-swath or row clutches when talking …

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Midwinter Leadership Retreat

Attend the 2020 Alabama 4-H Midwinter Leadership Retreat at the Alabama 4-H Center Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2020.
Midwinter 2020 Goals

Learn about new and exciting opportunities in 4-H.
Reach out to other young people.
Attend workshops…

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Bovine Leukosis

Enzootic bovine leukosis, also known as bovine leukemia, lymphosarcoma, or malignant lymphoma,
is a cancer of adult cattle caused by bovine leukemia virus (BLV). A different disease with a similar name, sporadic bovine leukosis, oc…

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Collecting Forage Samples for Laboratory Analysis

With any type of forage sample, the goal is to collect a representative sample. The following provides some guidelines.
Collecting a Hay Sample (≤ 20 percent moisture)

Test each lot of forage separately. A lot is defined as ha…

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National 4-H Conference

National 4-H Conference is the premier professional and leadership development event for 4-H members ages 16-18 who are actively engaged in 4-H programs. The conference is held in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the conference is to provide…

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Aquacultured Oysters

Archaeologists investigate oyster shell middens (piles of shucked oyster shells) to learn more about America’s earliest human inhabitants. Pottery and other artifacts found in middens provide evidence that Paleo Indians inhabited the coasta…

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Soil Solarization for Control of Nematodes & Soilborne Diseases

Effective control of plant parasitic nematodes, soilborne plant pathogens, and some weed pests is a serious challenge for farmers and home gardeners.

Resistant varieties, crop rotation, and pesticides are not always via…

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