June 2019 Commodity Corner
Fruit and vegetable farmers are busy harvesting as the summer heat moves in. While strawberries are winding down, peaches, tomatoes and other produce are coming into season across Alabama. Visit fma.alabama.gov for a full list of farmers markets, U-picks and more.
-Hunter McBrayer, executive director
The State Poultry Committee met in Cullman County at Tim and Selena Butts’ farm May 21 to tour their stand-alone, solar-powered poultry house. Auburn University’s National Poultry Technology Center and Tyson Foods Inc. teamed up for the research project. Insights from this project will help identify sustainable practices and new forms of energy for the poultry industry.
-Brian Hardin, Governmental & Ag Programs Department director
Liability insurance is critical for landowners, whether you lease land to hunters or have timberland not covered by a farmowner policy. To learn more about the Alabama TREASURE Forest Association’s (ATFA) general timberland liability or hunt lease insurance policies for members, visit TREASUREForest.org or contact email@example.com.
-William Green, executive director
New beef producers should take advantage of Alabama Extension’s Beef Systems Short Course. The mid-August, multi-night course in Clanton will cover forages, nutrition, herd health, reproduction, record keeping, stewardship and economics. Contact Josh Elmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or (205) 646-3610 to learn more.
-Brady Ragland, division director
Cotton, Soybean, Wheat & Feed Grain
Alabama Extension, farmers, state agencies and industry professionals will showcase the latest irrigation management practices and associated technologies at a field day June 26 at Posey Farms in Town Creek. Registration starts at 7:30 am. To learn more, contact Brenda Ortiz at email@example.com.
-Carla Hornady, divisions director
The Alabama Peanut Producers Association is partnering with the Alabama Department of Tourism to offer free packs of roasted peanuts to visitors at all eight Alabama Welcome Centers. Signs will show the free peanuts are provided by Alabama farmers and will encourage visitors to eat more peanuts.
-Jacob Davis, executive director