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Farming Basics Online Course

The Alabama Extension commercial horticulture team has several educational activities and resources that anyone can use from the comfort of their home. Below are all of the activities along with videos recently recorded.

Virtual Farm Tour

The team recently started a weekly Virtual Farm Tour on Thursdays through the Alabama Farmer Connection Facebook group. The recordings of the farm tour are posted in the group and participants can ask questions during this Facebook Live.

Past Farm Tour Videos

Q & A Friday!

Team members are also available to interact on Fridays through the Q & A Friday! on the  Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Facebook page. This is a great way to get farming or gardening questions answered directly by subject matter experts.

Past Q & A Friday! Videos

May 15

  • Topics include Fruit plant diseases, diseases of peas and cucurbits, irrigation and trellising systems for vegetable crops, peach production, blueberry varieties, and insect pests of squash, and Brussels sprout.

May 12

  • Topics include fire ant biology and management, IPM resources

May 8

  • Topics include irrigation and water management, microirrigation systems, trap crops and pest exclusion for insect control in vegetables, soil sampling technique, turfgrass varieties and lawn mowing techniques, turfgrass diseases, and weather effect on tomato diseases.

May 1

  • Topics include soil solarization, insect monitoring and pest exclusion systems, squash insect pests and diseases, strawberry diseases, water management on vegetable gardens, cover crops, and use of natural enemies (lacewings)

April 24

  • Topics include crop progress, strawberry production on Norris Farms (Hokes Bluff, Alabama), insect and disease problems, hemp production and regulations, irrigation monitoring, and techniques to reduce non-target effects of spray applications.

April 17

  • Topics include crop rotation, stink bugs, leaffooted bugs, cucurbit diseases, nursery crops, turfgrass choices, and fire ant management in gardens.

April 10

  • Topics include fruit and vegetable production, pest management, and turfgrass management with an emphasis on weed and disease control.

April 3

  • Topics include food safety and farmers market issues amid the coronavirus pandemic and a discussion of vegetable pest management issues reported to the Extension team during week.

Commercial Horticulture Webinars

The Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Team hosts live monthly webinars on timely topics from Extension professionals. The list of topics and schedule can be found here.

Please find all webinars and more educational videos on our YouTube playlist.

Farming Basics Online Course

If you are a beginning farmer or are thinking of starting a farm-related business, then Farming Basics Online Course is a valuable resource before starting out your venture. This four-hour course is a free module-based learning system with built in interactive quizzes that generates a custom certificate at completion.

Farming Basics Mobile App

The Farming Basics Mobile App is a free download on Apple and Android devices. The app has a library of popular horticultural crops and pest pictures as well as contact information for the Commercial Horticulture regional agents. People can also access the Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Facebook page from the app.

This app also connects to the YouTube playlist that has videos and webinars on a variety of farming topics like food safety, marketing, integrated pest management (IPM), grafting techniques, and much more.

Alabama IPM Communicator  Newsletter

The Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter  is another great resource to receive timely crop production and pest alerts on a mobile device. The pest alerts are sent twice per month (at a minimum) all year in the form of web links to blog articles and educational events in a mobile-friendly email. Visit the Alabama IPM Communicator Newsletter page on the Alabama Extension website to self-subscribe to the newsletter.


AlabamaBeginningFarmer.com is the go-to website for educational information for those getting started. Information  includes digital publications as well as videos. Resources include pieces such as the Southeastern Vegetable Crop Production Handbook, the High Tunnel Crop Production Handbook (also a free iBook), and the IPM slide charts.

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