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March 12, 2014

The Alabama Farmers Federation State Poultry Committee toured the Auburn University’s Poultry and Animal Science Nutrition Center Dec. 10. The center expands Auburn’s teaching mission with hands-on training in feed manufacturing and contains a student research lab.

The Alabama-Florida Peanut Trade Show is Jan. 30 at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan. The show includes lunch, seminars, prizes and more than 80 exhibitors. For more information, contact Teresa Mays at (334) 792-6482 or
-Jim Cravey, interim division director

The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) website provides information on tax code changes related to timber for Alabama landowners. Detailed information is available at

A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration ranks Alabama fifth in the U.S. for net electricity made from wood waste, landfill gas or biomass.  The ranking was earned because paper and wood production companies generate electricity with wood debris and waste.
-Rick Oates, division director

Wheat & Feed Grains
At its December meeting, the State Wheat and Feed Grains Committee voted to provide $184,410 for 31 research projects at Auburn University. The group will also donate to the Farm-City Luncheon and spring judging events at Auburn.
-Brian Hardin, department director

Greenhouse, Nursery & Sod; Horticulture
The state test for the Private Pesticide Applicator’s Permit is available online at Many Alabama producers may prefer the electronic testing option. The exam is $60, which includes the permit fee. For more information, contact local Extension offices.
-Mac Higginbotham, division director

Hay & Forage
The weather in 2013 reinforced the need for proper potassium fertility in Bermuda grass. Above normal summer rainfall and high humidity led to a high occurrence of leaf spot. Analysis from the Auburn University Soil Testing Laboratory can improve hay and forage fertility. Remember, forages can be best when you invest in an annual test!
-Nate Jaeger, division director

The State Poultry Committee meeting Dec. 10 was hosted at Auburn University’s Poultry and Animal Science Nutrition Center. Dr. Joe Hess provided a tour of the center and research lab, where students can test feed. The new center provides hands-on training in feed manufacturing and science.
-Guy Hall, division director

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