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Growing Lettuce in Spring or Fall

If you have a small place in your garden but can’t decide what to plant, why not plant lettuce? Lettuce is a cool-weather crop that grows best when the day temperatures are between 55 and 65 degrees F and the night temperatures …

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Severe Weather Watches and Warnings

Weather alerts are provided by local, state, and national authorities and the media when threatening climate conditions arise. Meteorologists are trained professionals equipped to analyze natural indicators of weather conditions that may be…

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Submitting Samples to Alabama Diagnostics Laboratories

Having unexpected mortality in poultry is never a good thing. Valuable resources for producers are the four Alabama State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories. All poultry from Alabama submitted to one of these labs are examined free of charg…

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Silvopasture

Take a minute to think about why you own land. Is it to pass on to your children and grandchildren? For outdoor recreation? Because you enjoy the beauty of nature? Is it part of your farm?

If you answered yes to one or more of these ques…

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Sheep Selection

In sheep production, breeding stock selection is the basis for any flock improvement. Deciding which animals to retain can be challenging, but the diligence of the decision is critical to the progress of the future flock. When…

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Basal Area: A Measure Made for Management

Basal area is an important unit of measurement in forestry and land management, but it can often be misunderstood, even by professionals. Learn what basal area is, why it is used as a measurement instead of trees-per-acre, and how it is cal…

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Alabama Natural Resources Council

Approximately 70 percent of Alabama is covered with forests. In addition to providing clean air, water, and recreational opportunities, Alabama forests provide the raw material for a $20 billion dollar forest products indu…

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Alabama Cougars: Sorting Fact From Fiction

The wild cougar is presumed extinct east of the Mississippi River, except for a small protected population in southwest Florida, and there hasn’t been a confirmed cougar sighting in …

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Tree Planting Contracts for Landowners: FAQs

Before you begin replanting your land, a valid contract between you and the contractor or forest consultant is needed to protect all participants and outline objectives and requirements needed for a quality planting job. Although you should…

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Common Forestry Terms for the Forest Landowner

Without a basic understanding of forestry terms, it can be difficult to communicate with foresters or buyers of forestland or timber. Being well versed in forestry terminology can help landowners feel confident when making management decisi…

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4-H S.A.F.E.

If you enjoy being outdoors, then you will love the Alabama 4-H S.A.F.E. program (Shooting Awareness Fun Education). This program covers firearm safety and teaches responsible handling, use, and storage. Get ready because this project is ha…

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Archery

Archery involves a fascinating group of sports for people of all ages. The fundamentals are simple, the requirements are few. 4-H members coached by a trained 4-H S.A.F.E. archery coach can be shooting fairly well within a short time.

Ar…

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Shotgun

Since youth development is the foundation of 4-H, our coaches keep positive youth development in mind at all times. Safety is always a primary consideration. Alabama 4-H S.A.F.E. coaches are trained to maintain the highest standards of safe…

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Hunting and Outdoor Skills

Hunting is an outdoor pastime, promoting stewardship of the environment as well as healthy lifestyles of eating wild game and physical exertion required for the activity. Hunting is recognized as an important wildlife management tool.

Wi…

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Rifle (BB Gun, Air Rifle, and Smallbore .22 Rimfire)

The 4-H S.A.F.E. Rifle program includes BB gun, air rifle, and smallbore rifle (.22 rimfire only). Centerfire rifles are not endorsed in a 4-H setting. Since youth development is the foundation of 4-H, our coaches keep positive youth develo…

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