Alabama farming

Rain-Farming Difficulties
2:50 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Eastern Ala. Farmers Feeling Brunt Of Heavy Rain

Eastern Alabama farmers say they're feeling the lingering effects of an unusually wet summer.
Credit GreyHobbit / Flickr

Eastern Alabama farmers say they're feeling the lingering effects of an unusually wet summer.

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.

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.

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Alabama Farming
7:38 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Ala. Farmers Cope with Cool Temps, Saturated Soil

Tony Traffanstedt shows off some of his farm's produce at the Calhoun County farmer's market.
Trent Penny/The Anniston Star

Alabama farmers say they're trying to cope with several weeks of cool temperatures and excessive rainfall, which has oversaturated the soil.


Agriculture experts say that has slowed farming across the state, which could threaten yields.


Farmer Keith Bryant tells The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/13ls16h) 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.

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Business & Education
7:16 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Ala. Farmer Chosen as Spokesman for National Group

Will Gilmer of Lamar County, Ala., was one of four farmers selected in USFRA’s Faces of Farming and Ranching program.
southeastfarmpress.com

An Alabama dairy farmer has been chosen to serve as a spokesman for a national farmers' association.


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.


As a spokesman for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, Gilmer will help educate consumers on how food is grown and cultivated.

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