Content tagged "agriculture"

Managing Imported Fire Ants in Agriculture

Imported Fire Ants Updated: January 25, 2018

 The red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, is an introduced species that arrived in Mobile, Alabama from South America during the 1930's. This...

Oct. 4 Webinar: Legal Issues With Ag Data (Big and Small)

Agricultural and Food Law Updated: September 20, 2017

With the explosion of “Big Data” has come a lot of speculation about the benefits of new data tools, along with a lot of concerns.  This webinar will work to...

In this Resource Area Contents Women in Ag

Women in Agriculture Updated: August 30, 2016

The Women in Agriculture National Learning Network (WIA LN) helps women in agriculture improve their quality of life by providing them with resources to make...

What is a plow?

Science for Youth Updated: December 14, 2015

A plow is a piece of farm equipment that is used to turn over the top layer of soil. A plow can be attached to the back of a tractor or a draft animal.Photo...

Do you need a rooster for a hen to lay an egg?

Small and Backyard Flocks Science for Youth Updated: December 14, 2015

A hen (female chicken) does not need the help of a rooster (male chicken) in order to lay an egg. She is quite capable of doing the job on her own. See how a...

What is horticulture?

Gardens & Landscapes Ag Zone Science for Youth Updated: December 10, 2015

The word horticulture comes from two Latin words which mean “garden” and “culture.” Horticulture is the art and science of growing and handling fruits, nuts,...

What is an animal?

Science for Youth Updated: October 01, 2015

Animals are a group of organisms in the family Animalia.  Animals can be insects, mammals, reptiles, fish, and other organisms that are not plants.  In...

What is poultry?

Small and Backyard Flocks Science for Youth Updated: October 01, 2015

 What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word poultry? For most people, chicken is what immediately comes to mind. While it is certainly the...

How do you know if your chickens have the flu?

Small and Backyard Flocks Ag Zone Updated: October 01, 2015

Chickens can have the flu (avian influenza) and you don't even know it. Until it's too late. Chickens with a low path virus may not have many symptoms. If...

What should you do if your birds have the flu?

Small and Backyard Flocks Ag Zone Updated: October 01, 2015

There is no treatment for bird flu (avian influenza). If you think your flock has the bird flu you must let your local extension agent know. Your agent will...

What is cotton?

Ag Zone Science for Youth Updated: October 01, 2015

Cotton is a plant that is grown for its fiber. Cotton fiber is white and fluffy and surrounds the seeds of the plant. Cotton fiber is used to make clothing.  

What is a food chain?

Ag Zone Science for Youth Updated: October 01, 2015

A food chain shows how energy and nutrients are passed from one living thing to another. The food chain begins with a plant being eaten. Then an insect...

What is hay?

Ag Zone Science for Youth Updated: October 01, 2015

Hay is any grass that has been cut. It is often left to dry in the pasture in bales. The bales are stored in the loft or top area of a barn. If the bales are...

What is sorghum?

Ag Zone Science for Youth Updated: October 01, 2015

Sorghum is a plant that grows in a tall stalk and is referred to as a cereal grass. The grains or kernels it produces, known as cereal grains, are similar to...

What are oats?

Ag Zone Science for Youth Updated: October 01, 2015

Oats belong to a group of plants known as cereal grasses. Cereal grasses produce what are called cereal grains. Oats are a type of cereal grain that is used...

What is a cotton picker and how does it work?

Science for Youth Updated: September 30, 2015

 Learn about various aspects of today's agriculture in these reports from KXNN:  

Women Making News in Agriculture

Women in Agriculture Updated: September 02, 2015

Washington Woman Inspired to Grow Out On Her OwnFamily Values Produce Success for Sorghum Industry LeaderDream of Farming Becomes a Reality for this Kentucky...

How can you keep your flock from getting the flu?

Small and Backyard Flocks Ag Zone Updated: June 04, 2015

The main way to prevent your flock from getting bird flu (avian influenza) or any disease is biosecurity (a fancy term for doing everything possible to keep...

What is avian influenza (bird flu)?

If you keep chickens, or another type of poultry, you should know about avian influenza, commonly called bird flu. Avian is another term for bird, and...

What is an entomologist?

Science for Youth Updated: June 03, 2015

Exhibit “Termites Eat Your Home!” produced by University of Florida outreach programs. Photo by Sarah BernardAn entomologist is a scientist that studies...

What is a bug?

Science for Youth Updated: June 03, 2015

Fulgorid planthopper, Honduras. Photo by Sarah BernardWhat we commonly call bugs is actually an entire order of insects called Hemiptera. True bugs are...

Can I eat bugs??

Science for Youth Updated: June 03, 2015

Beekeepers practice apiculture | Photo by Sarah BernardYes, you can eat bugs! As long as you don’t have a shellfish allergy, that is. In fact, you already...

Why is insect identification important?

Science for Youth Updated: June 03, 2015

Common urban pests compared to the size of a penney, from left to right: Male German cockroach, female German cockroach, female Surinam cockroach. Photo by...

How to Handle Eggs Safely

If you purchase eggs from the store, there are things you can do to handle them safely.If you have your own flock of hens, here is what you can do handle...

How many eggs can a chicken lay in one day?

At most, a hen (female chicken) can lay one egg a day—but a hen will not always lay an egg every day. It takes 24 to 26 hours for a hen to produce an egg....

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