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    Guide to sunlight assessment in the garden

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    Understanding the amount of sunlight your garden receives is crucial for successful plant growth and landscape design. Whether you are planning a vegetable garden,...

    Watermelons: A treat to beat the summer heat

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — When the summer sun is scorching, there is little more refreshing than a juicy slice of watermelon. Whether from a...

    Extension agent gives tips for taking care of tomatoes

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. - Tomatoes are a popular garden crop, but they can be high maintenance. It can be difficult to make decisions about...

    Caring for garden pollinators during summer

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. - Summer is an active season for pollinators, but it doesn’t mean humans should count on the garden to provide everything...

    Beekeepers monitor hives for Africanized honeybees after confirmed detection in Alabama

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — The Apiary Protection Unit of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) confirmed the presence of Africanized honeybees (AHBs)...

    Older adults: Overcoming isolation and loneliness

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    People are naturally social beings, but according to the National Academies of Science, one-fourth of adults 65 and older are considered to be socially...

    ACES: Operation Grow for Military Veterans

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    Operation Grow, in partnership with the Alabama Department of AG and Industries, provides special emphasis on the training needs of military veterans interested in...

    ACES: Watch out for ticks; treat them right

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    Tick populations are rising in Alabama. Ticks thrive in high humidity situations. The recent hot weather and heavy rainfall the state has received is...

    ACES: 4-H BIGGEST Catch contest featuring new categories for 2024

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — The Alabama 4-H BIGGEST Catch contest is back for another year with some new competition categories. Emily Nichols, an Alabama...

    ACES: Extension entomologist encourages families to get outside during cicada emergence

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. - Generations of children living in the Southeast have long listened to the sound of a cicada’s song and collected their...

    ACES: Plastics in the environment

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    While plastic was invented in 1909, it did not become popular until Tupperware was invented in 1946. The creation of this novel product brought...

    ACES: Can you name these 4 Alabama animals?

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — Imagine seeing a lizard with no legs or a giant salamander that can go years without eating. No, this isn’t...

    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...

    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...

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

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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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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,...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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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...

    ACES: Extension entomologist calls viral TikTok wasp-killing trend ‘dangerous

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – In today’s digital world, information is at everyone’s fingertips. However, not all of that information is accurate or safe. In...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

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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...

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

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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...

    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...

    ACES: Alabama 4-H Foundation invests in future through scholarships

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — The Alabama 4-H Foundation is helping 35 Alabama 4-H members achieve their dreams of higher education. This year, the foundation...

    ACES: Take care to prevent an invasive species garden takeover

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Beauty can be deceiving, especially in the garden. Invasive species of plants are often pretty or ornamental. Whether homeowners purchase...

    USDA resources available for farmers hurt by 2018, 2019 disasters

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    AUBURN, Ala. - Farmers and producers in 25 Alabama counties affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 can apply for assistance through the...

    The Alabama Cooperative Extension System talks black bears in Alabama

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    AUBURN, Ala. – On vacations to the Tennessee or Georgia mountains, many hope to catch a glimpse of a black bear or two. What...

    Wasps: watch out this summer

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    AUBURN, Ala. - While helpful in controlling other insects, wasps are more known for their painful stings. The term wasp is somewhat generic. Hornets,...