AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A bill the Alabama Legislature approved in May to provide tax incentives to farmers who adopt irrigation technology is expected ultimately to increase crop yields and quality, boost farm income, energize the state’s economy and create jobs, Auburn University research has indicated.
The Agricultural Irrigation Systems Tax Credit legislation that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law May 14 was sponsored by House Agriculture and Forestry Committee Chairman Chad Fincher, R-Semmes, with Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee Chairman Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, putting forth a companion bill in the Senate.
AUBURN – The Alabama Irrigation Summit, which will bring the state’s farmers, policy makers and water-use experts together to discuss irrigation’s immense potential for enhancing Alabama agricultural output and revitalizing rural economies, will be held Aug. 15 at the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Richard Beard Building, at 1445 Federal Drive, Montgomery.
By establishing an “open and frank” dialogue on this issue, organizers hope to bring these key players closer to the long-sought goal of developing a comprehensive strategy for the widespread adoption of irrigation technologies and practices and also removing the barriers that have historically hampered this adoption, said Samuel Fowler, director of Auburn University’s Environmental Institute, who has taken the lead in organizing the meeting.
AUBURN – Henry Fadamiro, Alumni Professor in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University, has been named the university’s Presidential Administrative Fellow for 2012.
Auburn’s Presidential Administrative Fellowship Program is designed to help individual faculty members gain senior administrative experience while applying his or her faculty experience to issues and programs that impact a broad segment of the university community.
AUBURN – The Auburn University Agricultural Alumni Association will honor five distinguished Alabama agriculturists during its 2012 Hall of Honor banquet, Thursday, Feb. 23, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center beginning at 6:15 p.m. Three of those honored will be inducted into the Hall of Honor and two will be honored posthumously.
The three inductees into the prestigious Hall of Honor will be Herman McElrath of Guntersville, the honoree in the agribusiness sector; Rudy Schmittou of Auburn, from the education and government sector; and Ben Bowden of Eufaula, representing the production agriculture sector. The Hall of Honor recognizes living Alabamians who have made significant contributions to agriculture in the state.
AUBURN – When Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station scientists at Auburn University began investigating precision agriculture technologies 15 years ago, a key question was at the heart of the research: Would investing in the technologies be cost-effective for Alabama farmers?
Thus far, the researchers say, the answer is a resounding yes.
John Fulton, Auburn biosystems engineering associate professor and precision ag specialist, said the approximately 60 percent of row-crop farmers across the state who have adopted precision ag technologies or site-specific management strategies on their collective 670,000-plus acres saved an estimated $10 million on crop inputs in 2009, largely by reducing overlap when applying fertilizer and pesticides.
AUBURN – In October 1939, as the specter of the Great Depression receded and Europe mobilized for war, a series of murals depicting Alabama’s agricultural development was unveiled at the 1939 Alabama State Fair.
For the first time in more than 70 years, these murals, which comprised the centerpiece of the Historical Panorama of Alabama Agriculture, will return to Birmingham Nov. 7 as part of an exhibit sponsored by the Birmingham Historical Society, the Birmingham Public Library and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.