Show 920 – AU-Bees

How often do you think about bees? Unless one is flying around your face, the answer is probably not often. Thankfully, though, the professors and students at Auburn University’s Bee Lab think about bees enough for all of us. And the research they’re handling will help ensure bee health, which in turn ensures we have a steady food supply since 85% of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators.

It’s been described as golf with a shotgun, and the sport is one of the fastest-growing in the nation. At Selwood Farm in Alpine, rookies in Sporting Clays can learn what it takes to be a successful sharp-shooter, and experienced marksmen can enjoy a sporting day out in the peaceful woods.

There’s been a lot going on that’s affecting rural Alabama, and we’ve rounded up all that news in another Rural Roundup. Learn about:

  • Drought conditions in Alabama and how that’s impact farmers and foresters
  • Actions taken by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to help farmers who need hay, including the online Alabama Hay Listings webpage
  • Burn bans issued by the Alabama Forestry Commission
  • The outlook for this year’s peanut crop in Alabama
  • Winners of Bama’s Best Beef contest: Diamond Jim’s and Mrs. Donna’s in Livingston (the contest is sponsored by Alabama Cattlemen’s Association)
  • Availability of scholarships through the Alfa Foundation and the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation

Alabama Cooperative Extension System is back with the Farm and Outdoors segment. David Cline discusses ways you can bring aquaponics to your own backyard.

Peaches definitely aren’t a piece on a chessboard, but you’ll definitely want to claim your own piece of this Peach Chess Pie. Stacey Little of shares his recipe that puts a tasty spin on a classic dessert. And thanks to the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association for making this segment possible.

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