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Junior Master Gardener

…f service to others through service learning and leadership development projects, and rewards them with certification.
Goals of the Program

Develop leadership skills–building youth leaders by utilizing environmental science as a veh…

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Social-Emotional Competence Begins At Home

…of us are better than others, though, when it comes to using our social-emotional skills in high-stress situations. The good news is that even in adulthood these skills can be learned and practiced and made better.
Four Areas of Social-Emo…

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4-H Yoga

Practicing yoga can help improve flexibility, strengthen muscles and improve balance as well as help youth develop life-long healthy habits that we hope will be sustained long-term. Yoga is noncompetitive and individually focused with no pe…

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Bobwhite Quail Management

…ust bathing. In late afternoon, coveys feed again before forming the covey circle on the ground to roost at dusk.

In good winter habitat, coveys may restrict their seasonal activities to as little as 10 to 40 acres. In poorer habitat whe…

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Uneven-aged Management of Longleaf Pine: An Often Overlooked Option for Landowners

…g, benefit from uneven-aged forests. Because of the need to burn frequently, uneven-aged longleaf stands should provide good nesting habitat. Many of the species of grasses, forbs, and legumes that quail need for food and cover thrive when …

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Ticks & Tick-borne Illnesses in Alabama

…rasites that feed by sucking blood from animals (hosts), including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Most ticks go through four life stages: egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph, and adult. After hatching from eggs, ticks must …

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Controlling Damage from Moles and Voles

…ilted and dying. Closer inspection reveals tiny teeth marks around the plant at ground level or that the root system is gone.

Mole Versus Vole Damage
Moles seldom cause extensive damage to plants. Their tunneling activities, however…

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Cereal Leaf Beetle: A Pest of Small Grains

…nd for the latest recommendations for this pest.

Other Management Strategies
Beetles prefer thin stands so follow good agronomic practices that promote full stands and high-yielding wheat. Also, avoid late planting because adult beetl…

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Sugarcane Aphid: A New Sorghum Pest of North America

The sugarcane aphid is a serious economic problem on grain sorghum in Mexico and the Caribbean, the southern states along the U.S. Gulf Coast, and in more northern locations after the aphids migrate from the south.
The sugarc…

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Food Facts

Food Facts
The Home Grounds Food Facts component provides researched-based information on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), modern agricultural practices, food development, and testing to help communities make wise food choices based …

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VIP: Volunteer in Urban Programs

Volunteer. Give Back. Make a difference.
We need your help as we work to:

Build strong families & communities
Promote healthy eating, exercise, and food safety
Reduce bullying and enhance leadership skills
Promote hom…

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Emergency Handbook iBook

…ral Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Emergency Handbook contains more than 100 pages in four broad categories including People and Pets, Home and Business, Landscape and Garden, and Farms and Livestock.


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Producing & Feeding Baleage in Alabama

…ess of wrapper style, there should be minimum 4 to 6 layers of plastic with 8 being the best choice for baleage that is going to be stored for a longer period of time.

Wrap the bales where you intend to store them. Transport…

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Forage Risk Management: Subsidized Insurance as a Strategy

The USDA Risk Management Agency provides more information as well as an interactive decision tool at This tool can be used to search for grids, explore policy options and costs, and plot o…

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