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County Youth Councils, Where to Start

Congratulations! You have been selected to represent your county on the county 4-H Youth Council. Your positive attitude and leadership qualities will assist in the current 4-H youth programs in your county.
Role of the 4-H County Youth Co…

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Garden Bugs: Managing Soil Pests in the Garden

Managing Soil Pests in the Garden is part two of three in the Garden Bugs series.
General Recommendations
Many soil insect pest populations reach high numbers in grass or turf, and home gardens are often established in areas previously co…

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Garden Bugs: Managing Above-Ground Pests in the Garden

Managing Above-Ground Pests in the Garden is part three of three in the Garden Bugs series.

Nonchemical methods for managing garden pests that feed on the foliage and fruit of garden vegetables.
Aphids

To repel aphids, anchor alumi…

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Garden Bugs: Making Your Garden Vegetables Less Susceptible to Insect Damage

Making Your Garden Vegetables Less Susceptible to Insect Damage is part one of three in the Garden Bugs series.

How can I keep “bad bugs” out of my garden?

How can I attract “good bugs” to my garden?

How can I control slugs…

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Harvesting Pine Straw for Profit: Questions Landowners Should Ask Themselves

Production of nontimber forest products such as pine straw can be a good way for forestland owners to earn an income, especially when traditional timber markets are down. Pine straw consists of the needles that fall from pine trees. Fre…

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Backyard Composting Tips

The word compost is derived from two Latin words meaning “together” and “to bring.” In one sense, it involves bringing together waste materials to ultimately form a single uniform humus. In the technical sense, composting results in…

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Feeding Damaged Hay

*This is an excerpt of Animal, Forage, and Feed Management Following a Flood Event, ANR-2536.

Even if hay was not submerged in water, heavy rains will likely decrease the quality of hay stored outside or on the grou…

Damage to Hay

*This is an excerpt of Animal, Forage, and Feed Management Following a Flood Event, ANR-2536.

Document all losses of hay as soon as it is safe to do so.
Take photos of bales or the place where…

Salvaging/Loss of Feedstuffs

*This is an excerpt of Animal, Forage, and Feed Management Following a Flood Event, ANR-2536.

Feed that farmers had on hand (including commercial feed and harvested commodities) may be covered by the ELAP program. Farmers…

Pastures

*This is an excerpt of Animal, Forage, and Feed Management Following a Flood Event, ANR-2536.

Flooded pastures will likely be severely affected.
Winter annuals that were seeded before the flood and are relatively short…

Livestock That Died As a Result of A Storm Event

*This is an excerpt of Animal, Forage, and Feed Management Following a Flood Event, ANR-2536.

An unfortunate consequence of owning and raising livestock is the inevitable death of some animals, despite even the best animal husb…

Physical Damage to Fences and Grazing Lands

*This is an excerpt of Animal, Forage, and Feed Management Following a Flood Event, ANR-2536.

Removal of debris, repair of land, and repair of fences may be covered by the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).
Th…

Maintaining Health of Grazing Livestock

*This is an excerpt of Animal, Forage, and Feed Management Following a Flood Event, ANR-2536.

Death loss as a result of a storm needs to be documented with photos and reported to the FSA as part of an application to…

Maintaining Water Safety and Quality after a Flood

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Heavy rainfall in North Alabama has resulted in flooding and evacuations in the Tennessee Valley area. Flooded campgrounds along Weiss Lake displaced septic holding tanks and propane tanks.

Danny Miller, Extensi…

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