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New Farmer Discovery Tool

Agriculture is full of exciting and rewarding opportunities. Farming is a tough job, but at the heart of it all, you’ll see a vibrant community contributing to the future of our nation’s health and food security. The new farmer discovery…

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Planning Your Professional Wardrobe Part 1: Your Professional Image

…around. There are people of different sizes, shapes, weights, and heights; you are not alone. Learning to look and feel good about yourself, and your appearance begins with recognizing, understanding, and accepting who you are today. Tomorr…

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Microloan Programs for Small or Beginning Farmers

…about the programs. You should also be able to locate a listing in the telephone directory in the section set aside for governmental/public organizations under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency. The local FSA office st…

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE)

…nable agriculture and to express the dual mission of research and education.

From its inception, the program’s goal has been to support farmers, researchers, and educators as they explore practices that improve stewardship, profita…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Yard: Flowers for Beneficial Insects

…are some plants guaranteed to draw in many of the 10 most wanted:

Purple Coneflower
Queen Anne’s Lace
Mountain Mint


Read more about the Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden…

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Basics of Saltwater Shrimp Farming

…location are the three most important consid­erations when selecting a site for shrimp farming. Locate a pond close to good quality brackish water (salinity of 5-30 ppt). The site should have soil with a high clay content (at least 25 perc…

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Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Lady Beetle

…s is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Aliases: ladybug, ladybird beetle
Wanted For: Gorging on soft-bodied insects such as aphids, scales, thrips, mealybugs, and spider mites.
Family History: Adults and …

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Ground Beetle

…ail eater, carabid
Wanted For: Conspiring to eat many soil-dwelling pests such as slugs, snails, cutworms, and root maggots.
Family History: Fast-moving predator, armed with strong jaws. Generally dark brown or black with long legs, and s…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden: Soldier Beetle

…he larvae, or young, hunt for pests in leaf litter and soil.
Sightings: Known to feed on the pollen of flowers such as goldenrod and milkweed while waiting for its prey. Reports of sightings appear in early spring, shortly after aphids beg…

Alabama Chapter of the Professional Women in Pest Management

… on this Link to see future dates in Alabama. 
Interested in networking with women in AL? Contact:

Faye Golden,

Marnie Gray,

Kristiana Illies,


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Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden

Most insects found in your garden don’t harm plants. In fact, 97 percent of the insects you see fall into this category! Such insects are called beneficials because they benefit the garden by pollinating plants, improving soil, and eat…

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Catfish Farming: Is It for You?

…ring no won’t mean automatic failure. The checklist does list the most important considerations, however; and to have a good probability of success, most of your answers should be in the yes column when you begin a catfish operation. Your c…

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Pest and Beneficial Insects

…ing to keep pests out of the home and garden.
Squash, trap, wash off, or prune out pests.
Rely on and conserve “good bugs.” They help decrease the need for insecticides that can end up in waterways if used excessively.
Attract …

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