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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.

2021 Commercial Horticulture Team Webinar Presentations

2021 Commercial Horticulture Team Webinar Presentations
DateTopicSpeaker
January 25Economics of greenhouse lettuce, update on chill accumulation in peach varieties, agricultural policy for specialty cropsJeremy Pickens, Edgar Vinson, Adam Robinowitz
February 22Pruning tactics for blueberry production, vegetable grafting techniques, update on blueberry nutrition and production, Specialty crop outlookEric Schavey, Chip East, Elina Coneva, Wendiam Sawadgo
March 2Keys to successful tomato productionJoe Kemble
March 9Tomato/Pepper/Eggplant Insect Pest ManagementAyanava Majumdar
March 16Strawberry production webinar (Small Scale Market Production Series)Neil Kelly
March 16Tomato disease management and fungicide mode of actionEd Sikora
March 23Berry Production: Blueberries (Small Scale Market Production Series)David Koon
March 23Cucurbit disease identification & managementEd Sikora
March 29Direct Marketing Channels, how to rotate organic & chemical insecticides for summer crops, native azalea for Alabama landscape Jessie Boswell, Ayanava Majumdar, Doug Chapman
April 6Cucurbit Insect Pest and Cowpea Curculio Management Ayanava Majumdar and Neil Kelly
April 20Grape & Muscadine UpdatesElina Coneva
April 26Understanding soil phosphorus test, insect management considerations for sweet cornRishi Prasad, Katelyn Kesheimer
April 27Regional Fruit Production Webinar: Focus on Peach ResearchChip East, Edgar Vinson
May 4Regional Fruit Production Meetings - Weed ManagementSteve Li
May 24Strawberry research update, seasonal insect monitoring and management updates, post emergent weed control in turf, Microbial quality of agricultural waterEdgar Vinson, Ayanava Majumdar, Dave Han, Camila Rodrigues
June 28Tips for co-managing wildlife and complying with FSMA, whitefly transmitted viruses of cucurbits – a new problem for Alabama growers, common ornamental diseases part II, Using soil moisture sensors to improve vegetable productionKristin Woods, Ed Sikora, Amanda Sherer, Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva
July 26Cover crops, vegetable insect pest updates, fruit crops production updateJoe Kemble, Ayanava Majumdar, Elina Coneva
August 30AU plant diagnostic lab updates, latest performance of selected strawberry varieties in central Alabama, budding techniques for citrus, Fall vegetable garden Kassie Conner, Edgar Vinson, Jacob Kelley, Joe Kemble
September 27Fall vegetable IPM tips, high tunnel ventilation, fruit crops cultivar selectionAyanava Majumdar, Jeremy Pickens, Elina Coneva
October 25The importance of crop rotation, weed control in vegetables, cold hardiness in fruit cropEric Schavey, Steve Li, David Lawrence, Melba Salazar-Gutierrez,
November 29Beginning Farmer Resources, TBAAyanava Majumdar, Bethany O'Rear

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