June 13, 2014
Bee & Honey
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently reported fewer winter honeybee losses. Total mortality this winter was 23.2 percent, down from 30.5 percent the previous year. While an improvement, the losses remain above sustainable levels.
-Mac Higginbotham, division director
The U.S. House of Representatives Ag Appropriations Committee recently finalized recommendations for FY2015. Unfortunately, the rider to suspend funding for horse slaughter inspectors was put back in place. U.S. Reps. Robert Aderholt and Martha Roby, both Alabama Republicans on the committee, voted against the rider, which is in line with Federation policy that supports processing horses for meat.
-Nate Jaeger, division director
A record 135 students attended the DAIRY U program May 3, hosted by Auburn University’s Animal Science Department and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Students learned about dairy production and milk products. The Alabama Farmers Federation’s State Dairy Committee has supported the program since it began six years ago.
-Guy Hall, division director
Cotton; Soybean; Wheat & Feed Grains
The State Cotton, Soybean and Wheat & Feed Grains committees funded a $100,000 irrigation project for the Prattville Agricultural Research Unit. The irrigation system is now installed and should soon be ready for use.
-Carla Hornady, divisions director
Infestations of the loblolly pine sawfly have been reported in Colbert, Marion, Franklin, Lamar and Fayette counties. These native insects can devastate pine stands. Report infestations to the Alabama Forestry Commission online at Forestry.Alabama.gov.
Final interviews were conducted June 10-12 to replace Dr. David Rouse, who retired as the head of Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences last year.
-Rick Oates, divisions director
The 16th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference is July 24-26 at the Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida. For registration and more information, call the Alabama Peanut Producers Association at (334) 792-6482.
-Jim Cravey, interim division director