The importance of pollinators can not be overstated. Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce.
Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects.
It is everyone’s responsibility to help protect our pollinators. Join Taylor Reeder, our Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests Agent at our upcoming workshop and learn what you can add to your garden for pollinators.
Join us for the 2017 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar series
Please join us for this webinar series for information you can use about good and bad insects. We used your feedback to bring topics that you suggested. We will discuss troublesome insects such as invasive ants, landscape pests, vegetable pests, and house dwellers as well as arachnids too. Not all insects are bad, though, come and meet some of our native pollinators!
This year, topics will include:
Don’t Let Tramp Ants Take Over Your Home, February 3.
Protect Your Veggie Harvest From Hungry Insects, March 3.
This year has been exceptionally dry for Alabama. Conditions in every county range from abnormally dry to exceptional drought. The east and northeast portions of Alabama have been hardest hit by this year’s drought. Between drought conditions and other uncontrollable factors, nearly every segment of agriculture has been impacted in some way.
Please join Alabama Extension, College of Agriculture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station at one of the upcoming seminars for 2017 Alabama Agriculture Outlook.
These seminars are for producers and agribusinesses to learn more about the new Farm and Agribusiness Extension Team and be updated on the current situation in Alabama agriculture and expectations for 2017.
Currently most of North Alabama is experiencing severe drought conditions. Being able to collect and save rain water is extremely helpful during drought. Attend this upcoming rain barrel/harvesting workshop to learn how to maximize your rain water collection and use.
When: February 7, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $50.00 for each completed rain barrel
Location: 1109 W. Market Street, Athens, AL 35611
Space is limited, so please register by January 31st by calling the 256-232-5510.
The 4-H Pig Squeal Project teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and raising swine. Youth receive two barrow hogs and raise them for 100-120 days. At the end of the 120 days, 4-H’ers will then bring one of their hogs to auction where they compete among 6 counties in two different categories, showmanship and market class. 4-H’ers keep the proceeds from the sale of their hogs.
4-H’ers learn many important life skills through this educational program.
Develop swine management skills
Learn to produce healthy pigs
Develop awareness of business management
Develop record-keeping skills (income and expenses)
Bees as well as other pollinators help to produce over $19 billion a year in agricultural crops through pollination. It is important that we do our part through conservation efforts to help our pollinators thrive.
Are you familiar with the Alabama Cottage Food Law?
As of June 1, 2014, the Alabama Cottage Food Law took effect. This law regulates the sale of edible products from a person’s home. The Cottage Food Law allows individuals to sell non-hazardous food products at state sanctioned farmer’s markets. The law regulates several aspects of selling home made food products including what can and can not be sold, where it can be sold, the total annual sales, labeling and more.
If you are interested in selling your products you will need to be certified. Come to our Alabama Cottage Food Law class June 6th and learn all you need to about the law to protect yourself and others.
When: June 6, 2016 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Limestone County Extension Office, 1109 W. Market Street, Athens, AL 35611
This is certification class, so there is a $25.00 charge.
For specifics on the class and the Cottage Food Law, contact Christy Mendoza, Regional Extension Agent for Food Safety & Quality.
Please register for the class by calling the Limestone County office at 256-232-5510.