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Hair Sheep for Small-Scale Farming

Meat and Wool
Although the majority of residents in the United States (US) do not consume lamb, most US sheep businesses are targeted toward the production of lamb meat rather than wool. Furthermore, the US frequently imports from Australi…

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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

Learn about new and exciting opportunities in 4-H during the 2019 Alabama 4-H Midwinter Leadership Retreat at the Alabama 4-H Center! Learn valuable leadership skills by participating in workshops February 1–3, 2019. Register through 4HOn…

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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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Alabama Master Gardeners Volunteer Program

What is Master Gardener?
The Alabama Master Gardener Volunteer Program is an educational volunteer-recruitment program offered through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Volunteers work with Extension to bring the latest h…

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Beaver Control in Alabama

In the 1930s, beaver populations in Alabama were reduced to about 500 animals as a result of trapping, hunting, and the demand for fur. Conservation efforts, such as reintroductions and regulated harvest, in conjunction with low fur prices …

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Administering Cattle Health Products Properly

Selecting the best route of administration, choosing the correct needle, choosing the correct injection site, practicing good sanitation, handling drugs correctly, and proper restraint will ensure proper action of the drug and will …

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