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Northwest Alabama Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter

Northwest Alabama Ethnic Food Security Network Newsletter

sheep and goatIt is hard to believe September is here and fall is around the corner. If you are like me you had a busy summer and the months swept on by like a warm summer breeze. This has been a difficult summer for livestock owners and forage production, many have  experienced a drought for most of the summer and then armyworms invaded many Bermuda grass pastures. Prime sheep and goat prices have hovered around $2/lb. and cattle prices have dropped to their lowest prices in several years. Farming is a
high-risk enterprise, unlike most other ventures, not only is there supply and demand, but there is
the weather.

In this issue you will find:
Points to Ponder – some thoughts based on what I have observed over the summer.
NRCS Deadlines – for those interested in EQIP you need to register for 2017.
Upcoming Events – several good workshops and conferences coming up.
Marketing Tips – instead of including a marketing report I have opted to share a publication that is very informative.

I hope your hay or pasture inventories are in good shape for this fall and winter. Who knows what
conditions will be for the next six months forage production? If all else fails be ready to cull
low-producing animals, and have a plan for over-seeding pastures and planting winter forages.

Robert Spencer,
Urban Regional Extension Specialist
E-mail: rds0002@aces.edu
Office Phone: 256-372-7983
Cell Phone: 256-689-0274

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