Alabama farming http://apr.org en Eastern Ala. Farmers Feeling Brunt Of Heavy Rain http://apr.org/post/eastern-ala-farmers-feeling-brunt-heavy-rain <p></p><p>Eastern Alabama farmers say they're feeling the lingering effects of an unusually wet summer.</p><p>Joseph Collier farms peas, okra, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes in Mountainboro and works 10 months of the years as a school janitor to qualify for health insurance and other benefits.</p><p>Collier told the Gadsden Times he lost most of his crops this year because of heavy rain and missed the corn-planting season altogether because of wet soil.</p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 19:50:31 +0000 The Associated Press 35389 at http://apr.org Eastern Ala. Farmers Feeling Brunt Of Heavy Rain Ala. Farmers Cope with Cool Temps, Saturated Soil http://apr.org/post/ala-farmers-cope-cool-temps-saturated-soil <P>Alabama farmers say they're trying to cope with several weeks of cool temperatures and excessive rainfall, which has oversaturated the soil.</P> <P>Agriculture experts say that has slowed farming across the state, which could threaten yields.</P> <P>Farmer Keith Bryant tells The Anniston Star <A href="http://bit.ly/13ls16h)"><U><FONT color=#ff0000>(http://bit.ly/13ls16h)</FONT></U></A> that he's being slowed down in his efforts to plant 400 acres of cotton this year. But he said his cotton harvest will be fine as long as he can plant by May 15.</P> <P>Statistics from the U.S. Mon, 06 May 2013 12:38:09 +0000 The Associated Press 29808 at http://apr.org Ala. Farmers Cope with Cool Temps, Saturated Soil Ala. Farmer Chosen as Spokesman for National Group http://apr.org/post/ala-farmer-chosen-spokesman-national-group <DIV> <P>An Alabama dairy farmer has been chosen to serve as a spokesman for a national farmers' association.</P> <P>Will Gilmer, of Lamar County, will serve as one of four national spokesmen for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Officials say Gilmer and other winners were selected from a pool of more than 100 applicants in the national Faces of Farming and Ranching program.</P> <P>As a spokesman for the U.S. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:16:48 +0000 The Associated Press 23601 at http://apr.org Ala. Farmer Chosen as Spokesman for National Group