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Wonderful World of Leadership

Basic leadership knowledge and skills are essentials for success in almost any field. Even though the person may not be the president or vice president of a club, skills associated with leadership are helpful if not necessary, when working …

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Club Officers

4-H club officers are elected annually in accordance with the club’s constitution and bylaws. Under the guidance of the 4-H community club leader and/or the officer’s advisor, officers are responsible for a particular part of the 4-H club’s…

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State 4-H Ambassadors

The State 4-H Ambassadors are a team of 4-H members representing Alabama from across the state. Serving as ambassadors for Alabama 4-H, members represent the organization statewide while collaborating with Extension faculty to plan, coordin…

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Management Practices to Reduce Grass Tetany

Grass tetany, also known as hypomagnesia, is a nutritional problem for grazing beef and dairy animals. It is often observed when cattle are grazing lush, actively growing cool-season pastures that have been well- fertilized with nit…

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Nitrate Poisoning of Cattle in Alabama

Nitrate poisoning in cattle is caused by the consumption of feed or water containing high levels of nitrate nitrogen. Under most circumstances, forage crops do not contain levels of nitrates high enough to be toxic. When this does o…

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Financial Assistance

Producers implementing conservation techniques on-farm are eligible for financial assistance through the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service. There are several forms of assistance available. These p…

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Essential Plant Nutrients

The ABCs and NPKs of Plant Nutrition
 Plant Elements from Air and Water
There are 16 elements necessary for plant growth. About 80 to 90 percent of the fresh weight of a living plant is water, H2O. Thus, hydrogen and oxygen are two of t…

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Understanding Soil pH

Measuring Acidity and Alkalinity
Soil pH is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration (H+) in solution. The pH is measured on a scale from 1 to 14 in solution (pH is reported as the negative logarithm of the hydrogen ion activity). A…

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High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques

Getting Started With Season Extension Techniques
Spurred by enthusiasm for fresh, local agricultural products, farmers are increasing the availability of their crops beyond the traditional outdoor growing season. Premium prices and an exte…

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Youth Council

The county 4-H Youth Council provides youth expanded citizenship and leadership opportunities and serves as the youth voice and advisory to the county 4-H team. Counties have latitude regarding the make-up of the 4-H Youth Council with the …

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Character Counts

The Character Counts curriculum is an inclusive approach to character education. Each program and lesson plan is based on six ethical values that everyone can agree upon:

Trustworthiness
Respect
Responsibility
Fairness
Cari…

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Plan Ahead for Your Holiday Food Budget

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Many families have a hard time staying within their food budget during the holidays. With some careful planning, these problems can be avoided.

Extension regional agent Helen Jones with the Alabama Cooperative E…

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Community Service

Telling a great story, showcasing projects at a community library, speaking at the local nursing home, organizing a community cookout or a building blocks workshop are great opportunities to serve others. Serving others helps you build your…

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Sportfishing

Alabama 4-H Sportfishing was created through a partnership with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division.

The program trains staff and volunteers to teach youth ages 9 to…

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Junior Naturalist Program

Alabama is a state rich in natural resources and ranked fifth in the nation in terms of biodiversity (variety of fauna and flora). This is possible because of our state’s extensive river system and five distinct physiographic land section…

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