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The Alabama Beginning Farmers Project is funded by grants from the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (Awards 2015-04598 & 2018-02936). The overall project implementation plan involves collaboration with a wide range of institutions, producer groups, and nonprofit organizations for supporting beginning farmers statewide. In collaboration with Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Crotovina, Farmscape Solutions, and The United Christian Community Association, the BFRD Program provides science-based information and consultation to beginning farmers, develops new educational resources, and sustains a statewide network of producers to strengthen the local food movement that is inclusive of low-resource farmers and military veterans.

Project objectives:

  • Provide science-based information and consultation to beginning farmers.
  • Support and collaborate with third-party educational programs.
  • Develop new educational resources (e-curriculum, phone app, printed materials).
  • Sustain a statewide network of producers to strengthen the local food movement that is inclusive of low resource farmers and military veterans.

More Information

For more information, visit alabamabeginningfarmer.com.

Program Coordinator: Ayanava Majumdar

Commercial Horticulture Regional Extension Agents, Extension Coordinators, and Specialists

Technical Assistance Providers: Jayme Oates, Karen Wynne, Lee McBride, Andrew Williams

Funding Agency : USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (Phase 1 & 2 Grants) www.nifa.usda.gov/programs

Project Training Events

The Beginning Farmer program offers special training events for all farmers. Look for information on Farmer 101 and 201 in the ACES calendar.

Monthly webinar presentations are available live at 9 A.M. Topics include greenhouse production, insect pest alerts and management, disease diagnosis and more. The calendar for these webinars is shown below. Click here to watch live on these dates.

2020 Commercial Horticulture Team Webinar Presentations

January 27Whole farm revenue protection (WFRP), Fruit chilling accumulation update, So what happened in 2019? An overview of insect pest activity in vegetables across AlabamaKevin Burkett, Gary Gray and Edgar Vinson, Ayanava Majumdar
February 24First season yield of ‘Cresthaven’ peach on semi-dwarf, pest resistant rootstocks, Legal pesticide use Elina Coneva, Katelyn Kesheimer
March 30Summer weed control in turfgrasses, weed control in christmas trees, cover crop managementDave Han, Jeremy Pickens, Audrey Gamble
April 27Agritourism, Irrigation monitoring systems, Overview organic insecticide recommendations for summer crops, Specialty melons for Alabama Matthew Ulmer, Eric Schavey, Ayanava Majumdar, Joe Kemble
May 18Advances in pecan production, Use of poultry litter as a source of nutrients for crop, Cowpea curculio IPM updateDoug Chapman, Neil Kelly, Rishi Prasad & Ayanava Majumdar
June 29Strawberry cultivar evaluation, Hemp insect update, Enhancing conservation while implementing food safety practicesEdgar Vinson, Katelyn Kesheimer, Kristin Woods
July 27Professional licensing in the landscape, Preparing for fall vegetable crops, Top 10 diseases of ornamentalsJohn Nabors, Joe Kemble, Amanda Strayer
August 31Insect pests of turfgrass, Pesticide training program updates, Insect pest updates for vegetable producersDave Han, Sonja Thomas, Ayanava Majumdar
September 28Trellis for blackberries, muscadine's and grapes, Using cover crops to suppress weeds in vegetable plasticulture, Pumpkin production basicsEric Schavey, Steve Li, Neil Kelly
October 26Fall turfgrass disease update, Diagnostic lab update, History of HempJim Jacobi, Kassie Conner, Katelyn Kesheimer
November 30Weed control in ground covers, Marketing Considerations for Industrial Hemp, Beginning farmer program resourcesJeremy Pickens, Adam Robinowitz, Ayanava Majumdar

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