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Welcome to Your Daily Briefing for Friday, April 3, 2020

On a good day, you face a number of choices and need all the information you can get. But when hurricanes hit or floods or drought or now coronavirus, Alabama Extension can be your guiding source of science-based information. We can help with the day-to-day decisions that you face for your farms, businesses, families, and lives. Alabama Extension helps you face whatever life brings.

Here are some of the things we are working on with you today.

Travel for Essential Workers into States with Shelter-in-Place Orders

Several of Alabama’s neighboring states have issued shelter-in-place orders to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Truckers and other Alabama residents working in food and agriculture have been designated as essential workers. Their jobs require them to cross state borders into these restricted areas.  Here are the latest instructions from the Department of Homeland Security regarding travel for essential work. 

Lost Your Job?

The COVID-19 economic downturn has temporarily closed businesses, forced layoffs, and put people out of work. If you are looking for a job, we can help strengthen your interview skills and give you the confidence you need.

More Signs of the Times

From a parked school bus to a playground closed by caution tape, the signs of COVID-19 reach across our communities. Our photographer brought back examples of how quiet our neighborhoods have become.

Healthy Relationships During Quarantine

Professor Francesca Adler-Baeder, a veteran researcher in marriage and relationships, shares her expertise on how couples and families can keep relationships healthy in the era of quarantine and social distancing due to COVID-19.

Wettest Winter on Record

Coming out of the wettest winter on record, Alabama farmers face a different set of obstacles this spring. To overcome this, farmers will have to change many of their management strategies to ensure the health of their land and livestock.

Cover Crops

Alabama Extension soil scientist Audrey Gamble tells us about using cover crops for specialty crops, including how to select, plant, and grow.

Growing Alabama’s Future

4-H is about more than cows and plows. Today, it’s about college and careers. 4-H young people are better prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century workplace in recognizing the value of lifelong learning.

On Monday:

  • Meet the man who made famous the saying “Go Wash Your Nasty Hands.”
  • Learn how individuals and corporations can apply for benefits under the recently passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
  • See how a soybean seedling disease is showing up in Alabama.


Stay safe by using good judgment, keep a little extra space between you and your neighbor, and follow the wisdom of Kent Stanford: “Go wash your nasty hands!”

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