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Alabama 4-H receives initial $400,000 yearly gift for Centennial Youth Initiative

4H Foundation Trustee Check PresentationAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Alabama 4-H has been transforming young people’s lives for more than a century. Through a generous investment by the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation, Alabama 4-H will reach more youth with improved programming through its Centennial Youth Initiative.

The Alabama 4-H Club Foundation will give $400,000 annually to support CYI and the expansion of 4-H within the state. Established in 1956, the foundation supports statewide 4-H youth education programs delivered by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and generates private funds to meet youth educational needs.

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Cooperative Extension marks 100th anniversary May 8

Cooperative Extension System marks 100th anniversaryAUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will celebrate the 100th anniversary Thursday, May 8, of the legislation that established the network of cooperative extension systems across the United States.

Cited by many historians as one of the most far-reaching educational acts in history, the legislation known as the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 provided the basis for ACES as Alabama’s oldest and largest educational outreach agency, as well as similar Extension programs in every state in the nation.

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Auburn University and Alabama Extension System researchers study harmful algal blooms

Under the right environmental conditions, blue-green algae can spread quickly in ponds, forming scum layers or floating mats.  Two Auburn University professors are trying to get a clearer picture of the factors that contribute to this condition.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The head of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s aquaculture resources team and a fellow Auburn University faculty member are working to gain a deeper understanding of algal blooms, those prolific aquatic organisms that are increasingly causing headaches not only for water treatment facilities, parks and zoos but also for pond owners and others exposed to these blooms. The researchers will use this heightened understanding to educate people about how they can prevent the spread of harmful blooms and to reduce exposure to them.

This effort is made possible with funding from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Russell “Rusty” Wright, an Extension fisheries specialist, aquaculture resources team leader and associate professor in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, and Alan Wilson, an associate professor of Fisheries, are especially interested in blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, taxa known to produce off-flavors in public drinking water.

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New generations introduced to home food preservation by Alabama Extension System food safety team

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Noting a growing interest in home food preservation, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s nine-member Food Safety Team is holding Master Food Preservation training throughout Alabama to introduce aspiring preservationists to the safest and most effective preservation methods.

Jean Weese, an Alabama Extension food safety specialist and Auburn University professor of poultry science, attributes the newfound interest in food preservation to the growing enthusiasm among many consumers for homegrown food and local farmers markets.

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Auburn researcher’s second discovery could be game changer in fight to control kudzu bugs

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Within a few days of discovering a native parasitic fly that may reduce kudzu bug numbers significantly over time, Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialist and Auburn University researcher Xing Ping Hu has discovered a local egg-parasitic wasp.

The finding – the first discovery of a local wasp that parasitizes eggs of the exotic kudzu bug – could prove to be a game changer in the fight against this invasive species, Hu said. Along with the earlier finding of a fly that preys on kudzu bug adults, Hu said the discovery of the parasitic egg wasp doubles the frontline of defense using natural enemies to fight this pest.

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Oyster Trail to debut July 11 in Mobile as interactive public art and restoration project

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University are among a group of partners and sponsors who have helped establish The Oyster Trail, an interactive public art and restoration project of the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program to raise public awareness of the role oysters play in the Gulf Coast ecology and economy.

The trail will be comprised of a dozen fiberglass replicas of oysters, each measuring 5 feet in size, and featured in parks, in hotel lobbies, on sidewalks and in other locations throughout Mobile.

The debut of six of the trail’s oyster sculptures will take place at 5 p.m., July 11, at Wintzell’s Oyster House, 605 Dauphin Street in Mobile, and at five other locations throughout downtown Mobile. The final six sculptures will be presented later in the summer. Continue reading