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The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE)

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) was authorized as part of the 1985 Farm Bill and first funded in 1988 as LISA (Low-Input Sustainable Agriculture) program. The name was changed to SARE in the early 1990s…

Alternative Vegetable IPM Recommendations Slide Chart

“Alternative Vegetable IPM Recommendations” slide chart, a critical tool for small producers and beginning farmers, provides information about organic and sustainable pest management strategies for more than 20 critical insect pest species….

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Mountain Mint

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Pycnanthemum
This perennial plant grows 3 feet tall and branches frequently, often with a bushy appearance. Blooms in the summer to early fall. Each cluster…

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Queen Anne’s Lace

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Daucus carota
This flower is a biennial herbaceous plant that grows 3 to 4 feet tall. Consists of one or several hairy, hollow stems, growing from one centr…

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Goldenrod

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Solidago sp.
Long, wood-like stems with spiky, tooth-like parts that are widely spaced. Yellow flowers that grow in thick clusters. Blooms in the fall. Plan…

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Coreopsis

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Coreopsis sp.
In this flower the yellow center or disc flowers stand out distinctly from the ray flowers, which appear to be attached just below them. Ray f…

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Cockscomb

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Celosia cristata
This flower is an annual, nonnative, herbaceous plant. Blooms with a compacted crested head 2 to 5 inches across on leafy stems that are 12 …

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Purple Coneflower

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Echinacea purpurea
A popular, native perennial with smooth 2- to 5-foot stems and long-lasting, lavender flowers. Flowers occur singly atop the stems and ha…

Barn Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Most commonly associated with barns and other structures built by humans, barn owls hunt for small mammals over agricultural fields, marshes, and other grassy habita…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Yard: Flowers for Beneficial Insects

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Most beneficial insects need to supplement their diets with pollen and nectar. You can attract them to your garden and encourage them to stay and hunt for pests by…

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American Kestrel

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Though found year round throughout most of the contiguous United States, the American kestrel is listed as a species of high conservation concern in Alabama. With ru…

Basics of Saltwater Shrimp Farming

Pond-raised saltwater shrimp account for 25 to 30 percent of world shrimp production. Most pond production comes from countries near the equator where a long grow­ing season allows for more than one crop of shrimp to be grown in a year.

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Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Lady Beetle

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: ladybug, ladybird beetle
Wanted For: Gorging on soft-bodied insects such as aphids, scales, thrips, mealybugs, and spider mites.
Family History: Adults …

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Tachinid Fly

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: feather-legged fly
Wanted For: Attacking unsuspecting caterpillars and beetles.
Family History: Disguised as a hairy housefly, this parasitic insect lay…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Spider

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.

Aliases: orb weaver, crab spider, wolf spider
Wanted For: Trapping and bugnapping a variety of insect pests.
Family History: The most deadly natural enemy of p…