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From the Live Well Alabama Kitchen – Tasty Taco Dip

… System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices,” said Dr. Sondra Parmer, Alabama Extension specialist with SNAP…

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Numbers of Women in Ag on the Rise

…stem regional agent, says is due in part to a census that better reflects operation diversity.

“This census does a good job of documenting multiple family members, both male and female, who are involved in some aspect of decision makin…

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Seedless Watermelons: A Sweet Summer Treat

…k over five decades.

“Triploid, better known as seedless, watermelons were first developed in Japan over 50 years ago,” Kemble said. “Although, seedless watermelons were not heavily commercialized until the past 15 to 20 years.”

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Alabama Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Certification

… will conduct the visit to determine if the providers are successfully following all 10 steps.

Certification will be good for two years. Multiple websites will host the names of certified providers including the Alabama Cooperative Exten…

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Alabama 4-H: Building a Better Future through Friendship and Leadership

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Confidence, better communication and positive community change are the focus of Alabama 4-H citizenship and leadership programs again this year. 4-H encourages members to learn, lead and make a difference in the …

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Fire Ants Cause Issues for Farmers

…cers can treat pastures once a year in September, preferably with a bait containing an insect growth regulator, and get good control,” Graham said. “If you require two treatments per year, apply in June and September. Insect growth regu…

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Pest Alert: Grape Flea Beetle

However, the damage by adult grape flea beetles is more important. The beetles eat holes into the sides of buds and gouge out the contents as the buds swell. It should be noted that climbing cutworms can cause similar damage. Once larva…

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Determining Price for Your Products

…d in the crop. There are different systems that will work, but what can you do to understand all of the costs that have gone into producing the product? Crop inputs are usually the easiest to track while items like labor, machinery, utiliti…

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Foal Management: Preweaning Phase

… the initial investment in a foal and to optimize its health and productivity after birth, horse owners should practice good horse management, including gentling, halter breaking, creep feeding, and overall health care.
Health Care
A hors…

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Is My Farm a Hobby or a Business?

…ts. Read the appropriate tax publications.
Understand the state financial and political environment. If taxes cannot go up, one option to increase revenues is to more stringently enforce existing tax regulations.
Recognize that sole p…

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Benefits of Irrigation from an IPM Perspective

… Irrigation System to Direct Water Close to Plant Roots
Any irrigation system is better than nothing at all, since the goal is to direct the water where the plant roots are. For example, a vegetable garden with soaker hose is better than a…

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kNOw to Stroke


Normal: Less than 200 mg/dL
Borderline high: 200 to 239 mg/dL
High: At or above 240 mg/dL

HDL (good) Cholesterol

Normal Levels

Men: 35 to 65 mg/dL
Women: 35 to 80 mg/dL

Less than 25 mg/dL, risk f…

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Thrips Predictor Model Helps Make Cotton Management Decisions

…t of Crop, Soil and Environmental Science, said the model is a valuable tool for producers.

“With the loss of some good insecticide protectants—and resistance to some others—the model provides farmers with valuable information,” …

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Stocking Rates for Cow-Calf Operations in Alabama

…rage production potential using forages that are well adapted to a given area and having well-defined animal production goals can help producers identify sustainable stocking rates in Alabama pasture systems. Having the correct stocking rat…

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