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Forage Risk Management: Subsidized Insurance as a Strategy

Manage your precipitation risk as a forage producer using USDA subsidized Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Insurance.

Perennial forage production is a primary source of grazing and hay for livestock producers throughout t…

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Mariculture: A Developing Industry

The terms mariculture and aquaculture are often used interchangeably, but they actually have different meanings. Aquaculture is a general term that refers to production of plants or animals in water in which the producer controls a minimum …

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Biosecurity

The threat of catastrophic loss due to disease outbreak is a primary concern for the Alabama beef industry. Beef producers should be aware of the risks and procedures to eliminate threats and the need to develop a biosecurity plan.

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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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Marketing Feeder Cattle With a Price Slide

Making dollars and sense out of buying and selling feeder cattle using a price slide is not hard to do. The use of a price slide reduces the uncertainty surrounding the weight of feeder cattle and helps the buyer and seller attain a competi…

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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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Drought Management Strategies for Sheep and Goats

Drought conditions occur when there is no rain or other precipitation over a prolonged period of time. During a drought, there is a shortage of water and reduced soil moisture that greatly reduces the growth and quality of forage. Although …

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Storm Hits Alabama Pecan Crops

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – There are not as many acres of pecans in southeast Alabama as there are row crop acres, but Hurricane Michael’s impact on pecan orchards is just as profound.
Storm Damage
Bryan Wilkins, a research associate a…

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Alabama Extension Compiling Ag Loss Data

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Hurricane Michael devastated crops in Alabama’s Wiregrass region.  But for farmers to have access to the most disaster assistance, officials need comprehensive data on projected yields, estimated losses and othe…

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Aquaculture of Bait Shrimp on the Gulf Coast

Three native penaeid shrimp species of commercial importance live in the Southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States: Litopenaeus setiferus (white shrimp), Farfantepenaeus duorarum (pink shrimp), and F. aztecus (brown shrimp). Th…

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Auxin Herbicides Best Management Practices Training Course

On October 31, 2018, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is extending the registration of dicamba for two years for“over-the-top” use (application to growing plants) to control weeds in fields for cotton and soy…

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The History and Use of Kudzu in the Southeastern United States

Kudzu is an aggressive vine familiar to most people across the southeastern United States. It is a classic example of a plant that was introduced with good intentions, but that has resulted in many bad outcomes. Landowners know all…

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About Alabama 4-H

Alabama 4-H seeks to empower youth with the skills to lead our communities, our state, our nation, and also our world. Alabama 4-H is open to all youth ages 9–18, exists in all 67 Alabama counties, and is also the largest youth developmen…

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Soil Biology: Cover Crops and Disease Suppression

Cover crops provide a natural soil pest and disease suppression. It can also serve as a mulch to cover and assist in weed suppression.

When considering a cover crop for disease suppression, farmers should consider 3 factors:

Field …

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GMO Food Facts: Bioengineered Crops

Farmers have purposefully changed the genetic makeup of crops since the beginning of domestic agriculture over 10,000 years ago. The variety of food choices we have today is a direct result of past and present methods of genetic modificatio…

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