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    Azaleas: An Alabama beauty

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Springtime is showtime for azaleas in Alabama landscapes. Bursting with blooms and color, azaleas are the stars of spring. Lucy Edwards, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s coordinator for Chilton County, said azaleas may be the most popular flowering shrubs in...

    ACES: Extension’s Grow More, Give More project improving lives

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — The Grow More, Give More (GMGM) project is changing the lives of Alabama senior citizens one container garden at a time. Since 2020, the GMGM project — led by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System home grounds, gardens and home pests...

    ACES: Relief on the way? Extension economist says inflation approaching pre-pandemic levels

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — While many Americans are still battling an increased cost of living, the economic outlook for 2024 shows promise, as markets in the United States continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Inflation and economic growth This figure shows real GDP growth —...

    ACES: Selecting the right blackberry cultivar for your landscape

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. -  Blackberry cultivars are prime examples of selective plant-breeding modifications to fruit and wild-blackberry growth. While the fruit from a blackberry cultivar is superior in comparison to wild blackberries, these plants require significant maintenance in a cultivated setting. Blackberry cultivars require specific...

    ACES: 4 ways to participate in National Bird Feeding Month

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. - February is among one of the most important months for feeding birds in Alabama, as backyard songbirds have limited access to their favorite foods during the winter. Grab a camera and join the Alabama Cooperative Extension System outdoors to participate...

    ACES: Get outside with Alabama Smart Yards webinar series

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    Join the Alabama Cooperative Extension System for the Get Outside with Alabama Smart Yards webinar series. This online series is brought to you by the Extension Home Grounds, Gardens, and Home Pests team. Throughout the year, the team will provide weekly, 30-minute segments on...

    Alabama Extension’s Brodbeck appointed to national USDA council

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Beau Brodbeck, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System associate director for field operations, has been appointed to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) by Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack. Effective immediately, Brodbeck will serve as a voice for...

    ACES: Join the Great Backyard Bird Count

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    Join fellow birdwatchers worldwide in the Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 16-19. Each year people come together to observe, count, celebrate and educate themselves about birds. Now in its 27th year, this popular citizen science project helps researchers learn more about fluctuations in bird populations....

    Black panthers: Uncovering another big cat mystery

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — From high-school mascots to the Marvel Universe, black panthers have appeared in many forms in today’s culture. However, is this big cat real or just an illustrated piece of fiction? Alabama Cooperative Extension System wildlife experts are here to help...

    ACES: Alabama timber market trending upward after rocky year  

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — After a rocky 2023, the Alabama timber market is expected to begin trending in the right direction in 2024. However, there are several factors to keep an eye on as the year progresses. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System forest economics...

    ACES: Is nicotine pouch use the next vaping?  

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — From Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Football League to news networks and social media, nicotine pouches have made their presence well-known. Like many vaping products, people see these pouches as an alternative to tobacco. Could these pouches be...

    Garden and garnish with Alabama Extension’s Harvest of the Month  

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — This year, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Grow More, Give More program is helping gardeners in a brand-new way. Each month, the program will feature a Harvest of the Month. From the garden plot to the sauté pan, these features...

    ACES: Pesticide safety: Always read the label  

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    Pesticides can be important management tools in crop production. It is important to use pesticides correctly to manage the pest, protect the environment, and to keep the applicator safe.  On a pesticide label users will find the Pre-Harvest Interval (PHI). The PHI is the minimum...

    Type 2 diabetes risk factors: What you need to know

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    Diabetes is one of the most prevalent and costly diseases in the United States. It affects over 37 million Americans, and most people are unaware that they have it. Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent form of the disease. Like many conditions, there...

    Start the new year with a pantry cleanout  

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Take advantage of the cold weather and make the time spent indoors productive. Angela Treadaway, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System food safety and quality regional agent, said the new year is a great time to inventory canned food items and...

    Having trouble with feral hogs? 

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Conservation District is hosting a Feral Swine Impacts, Management and Management Rebates program presentation, open to all landowners in Cullman County. The meeting will take place Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Camp Meadowbrook. Lunch will...

    ACES: USDA releases new hardiness zone map for United States  

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — For the first time in more than a decade, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released new hardiness zone maps. These new changes bring a new level of climate accuracy, allowing people to intelligently select plants that thrive best...

    How to dispose of your Christmas tree in the city of Cullman

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – While city of Cullman residents prepare to ring in 2024, many are itching to properly dispose of live Christmas trees that may be shedding countless needles in their living rooms. Between typical brush disposal, composting or boosting habitats, there are plenty...

    ACES: Buzz surrounding 29th annual Beekeeping Symposium and Honey Show  

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Calling all beekeepers! Registration for the 29th Annual Alabama Beekeeping Symposium is now open. The symposium is set for Feb. 3, 2024. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System beekeeping team is excited to offer a packed agenda in Clanton, Alabama at...

    ACES: Mistletoe- holiday friend or forest foe?

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — At Christmastime, many people may find mistletoe to be a natural ornament that signifies the holiday season. However, forestry experts with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System may not botanically consider it romantic, merry or bright. This is because mistletoe, in...

    How to ‘sleigh’ your holiday card

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — The holiday-card season is here. Soon, mailboxes will be filled with greetings and warm wishes. When it comes to making a holiday card, there are several things that can go wrong. From blurry pictures to misspellings, your card can quickly...

    ACES: Amid industry, environmental struggles Christmas tree prices remain relatively steady

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — There is nothing quite like the scent of Christmas trees. These natural living room centerpieces are beloved and provide an aesthetic that fits the season. However, choosing the right tree and caring for it can be a daunting task. An...

    ACES: Guide to cooking the Thanksgiving turkey

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — At Thanksgiving, the turkey is the star of the dinner table. However, it does no good if it is frozen, burned to a crisp or makes your guests sick. Safely cooking the perfect turkey takes time and planning. Thawing takes time If...

    Well Water Quality Workshop set for Nov. 14

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Alabama Cooperative Extension System – Private Well Program is offering a free workshop through the Cullman County and Blount County Extension Offices on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Hanceville Civic Center. The Well Water Quality Workshop will...

    Poison candy: The urban legend of Halloween

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. - Every Halloween, parents are warned to keep their children safe from intentional candy poisonings. While there are always risks, the facts of intentional poisonings reveal few incidents. From covering up crimes to illnesses, there are several factors that have propelled...

    ACES: A home gardener’s mum survival guide

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Many people associate garden chrysanthemums, or mums, with the beginning of autumn. These floral features are already occupying garden centers and front porches around the country. There are tips and tricks to make sure that every mum has maximum longevity....

    ACES: What’s the buzz about honey?

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — The arrival of fall generally signifies the end of honey harvest for most beekeepers in the United States. Always a popular sweetener, honey has made a comeback as consumers shift their preference toward local products. September is National Honey Month,...

    BOARsighted: A look into wild pig management

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Wild pigs are arguably one of the most detrimental wildlife species. These animals have the potential to decimate crops, wildlife habitat and food plots. Virtually every natural resource can be affected by these creatures. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System encourages...

    Alabama Extension launches 2nd annual Marble Bowl competition

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Grab your smart phones and buckle your chin straps. The 2023 Marble Bowl is kicking off this fall. In its second year, this competition continues to take the popular Iron Bowl football rivalry between Auburn University and University of Alabama...

    Coaches and parents, keep your athletes hydrated in late-summer heat

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – With fall nearly one month away, the temperatures of late summer are not letting up anytime soon. Adding that to an average annual humidity of more than 85%, the struggle is indeed real for Alabama residents. Many Alabama high-school and...

    Alabama Extension expert: Learn how to make kombucha from the comfort of home

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. - What is all the hype about making kombucha? While this fermented drink is available at many retail locations, Alabama Cooperative Extension System experts say it can be less expensive and more convenient to make your favorite drink at home.  What is...

    ADCNR: Registration for 2023 youth dove hunts opens Aug. 21

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) provides several youth dove hunt opportunities throughout the state each fall. A simple hunting setup combined with a fun, family-friendly atmosphere makes WFF’s youth dove...

    ACES: Fall hummingbird feeder etiquette deters wasps and bees

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. - Hummingbirds make a much-anticipated arrival in the spring, but keeping them around in the fall takes a little effort on the part of residents. By the time August rolls around, they’re ready for a sweet treat to help them power...

    Mountain lions: Alabama’s big-cat mystery

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The existence of Bigfoot is wildly debated across the country. However, in Alabama, another creature’s existence takes center stage in many discussions: mountain lions. The presence of these big cats is well documented in other parts of the country, but...

    Alabama Extension agents help parents, students get back into healthy school routine

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — After a few months away from the classroom and a regular school routine, the summer fun is winding down and it’s time to get back to alarm clocks and school bells. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University and the...

    Alabama Extension celebrating Sweet Grown Alabama Day today

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. - There is something special about home-grown tomatoes, freshly picked okra and local honey. Add to that dairy products from just down the road or self-care items made by your neighbor and you have a winning combination. At first glance, these...

    ACES: Choosing safe plants for pets

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — For some people pets are like family. They provide love and support that is important for a family bond. The same way parents protect their children, furry, four-legged family members require some of the same precautions. To keep them safe,...

    ACES: Plant bugs dominate cotton fields; weather forces management tweaks

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. - The 2023 Alabama cotton crop had a late and slow start. Spring rains and cool temperatures caused planting delays, then slowed emergence and seedling growth. Summer was a tale of two Junes. Early June brought extended dry weather. However, abundant—sometimes...

    ACES: Heat safety important as summer temperatures rise

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Outdoor work and recreation are difficult to enjoy when temperatures are hotter than a black cat on a tin roof in the middle of July. While summer is a popular time to be outside, Alabama heat and humidity are a...

    ACES: Pinkeye in cattle: Combating an expanded list of viruses and bacteria

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Pinkeye is a well-known bacterial infection that cattle producers watch for each year. The number of cases often increase during the summer and into the fall. The bacterium Moraxella bovis is most associated with pinkeye infections. However, an Alabama Cooperative Extension...

    ACES: Controlling horn flies in cattle: Is garlic’s pungent power the answer?

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Horn flies can become a major issue for cattle during the summer. Commonly used fly control methods include sprays, drenches and dusts. However, a recent trend within the livestock industry is the search for alternative fly control methods. Among the...

    ACES: Kick off summer with the 4-H BIGGEST Catch contest

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Alabama 4-H invites you to make a splash this summer with the 4-H BIGGEST Catch, a virtual fishing competition. The contest is May 26 through June 5, and all Alabama youths ages 9 to 18 are welcome to participate. Emily Nichols,...