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Alabama crops tour changes with times
Literally and figuratively speaking, the farming landscape has changed radically since the first East Alabama Cotton
Ethanol by-product raising concerns
Sometimes technology produces unintended consequences. That appears to be the case with an ethanol by-product, known as
Alabama cotton scouting marks anniversary
Fifty years ago, a response to chronic insect problems not only changed the face of cotton farming in the South, but
Alabama EQIP sign up ends June 19
Alabama farmers who want to become better stewards and improve environmental quality have until June 19, 2009, to sign
Farming fundamentals critical in 2009
Two economists say that if there is one take-home message in this crisis-ridden crop year, it's that fundamentals count
Is food inspection reform coming?
Until now, a motley crew of federal agencies was responsible for managing the safety of the U.S. food supply. But
Weed from hell expanding rapidly in Alabama
Like an Old Testament prophet, Ray Dickens, now a retired Auburn University agronomy professor, was warning Alabamians
Cost savings begin with farm safety
You have identified 20 different ways to cut your operating costs to the bare bones. But have you factored in broken
ACRE program decision a tough call
Farmers face an ACRE of indecision both literally and figuratively in 2009. Literally speaking, a big decision this
It may be best to 'formalize' land rent agreements
A simple nod, followed by a firm handshake, is how many farmers and landowners arrange short-term land rental
Economist: Hold off on ironclad cropping decisions
Like countless other parents, economist Bob Goodman recently was presented with a challenge: helping his daughter get a
Advice to farmers: Get creative in 2009
Farmers are typically thought of as classic left-brainers — realists who bring cold, hard logic to bear on tough
Economic downturn may present opportunities
Now is the time for some good farmers to come to the aid of their farming infrastructure, though, as one farm economist
Is sugarcane in Alabama's future? 2
Fate has dealt a cruel hand to Alabama farmers in the last few years — drought, spiking gas prices, higher operating
Herbicide-resistant pigweed a real nightmare
Imagine a recurring nightmare in which an army of goblins slowly robs you of your money and eventually your livelihood
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