NCAT Office Greets Alabama Farmers

 

Members of the NCAT Gulf States office enjoyed handing out publications and mixing with farmers at the recent Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Conference held at Auburn University.

A highlight was the demonstration farm where Auburn is testing varieties of bananas that can be grown in the United States coastal region.

Bananas in Alabama? NCAT Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods stands next to a variety of banana that Auburn University researchers believe may provide a local crop for growers in the coastal South. Woods was attending the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference at Auburn Feb. 7-8, 2014. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
Bananas in Alabama? NCAT Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods stands next to a variety of banana that Auburn University researchers believe may provide a local crop for growers in the coastal South. Woods was attending the Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference at Auburn Feb. 7-8, 2014. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)

The field trials are being held with hopes that local growers can provide a crop that competes with grocery imports. The trials are in their infancy; but so far 2 varieties survived last year’s 21- and 25-degree lows to harvest; they think at least one will survive this year’s 9-degree low; and this was in central Alabama, not the Coast. Trials are being held further south in Alabama, as well.

We had a number of dignitaries stop by our booth, including Dr. Ayanava Majumdar – or “Dr. A” as locals call him – who has been studying “trap crop” plants that can lure harmful insects from organic vegetable crops.

Ayanava Majumdar, Ph.D. – or “Dr. A” as locals call him – stopped by the NCAT/ATTRA booth at the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference at Auburn University Feb. 7, 2014. Dr. A is an extension specialist at Auburn University who is doing groundbreaking work in organics regarding trap crops and Integrated Pest Management. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
Ayanava Majumdar, Ph.D. – or “Dr. A” as locals call him – stopped by the NCAT/ATTRA booth at the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference at Auburn University Feb. 7, 2014. Dr. A is an extension specialist at Auburn University who is doing groundbreaking work in organics regarding trap crops and Integrated Pest Management. (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)

Auburn is doing groundbreaking work in Integrated Pest Management and Organics (relatively rare in the South) due in large part to Dr. A’s work. For more info, see the Alabama Cooperative Extension website: www.aces.edu/go/87

Ann Chambliss, outreach administrator for the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, was a welcome visitor at our NCAT Gulf States booth. Check out AFVGA on Twitter @AFVGA -- and while you're at it, send a tweet to @NCAT_ORG! (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)
Ann Chambliss, outreach administrator for the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, was a welcome visitor at our NCAT Gulf States booth. Check out AFVGA on Twitter @AFVGA — and while you’re at it, send a tweet to @NCAT_ORG! (Photo by Jim Ewing, NCAT)

We handed out more than 500 publications at the AFVGA conference, and look forward to continued association with AFVGA and the Alabama growers we met.

For more information about NCAT/ATTRA publications and information/expertise we offer, see: https://attra.ncat.org/

Or call Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods toll free: (866) 643-2767.

 

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