Environment, Forestry and Agriculture

Abundance, Droughts and Floods

Great bounty is the median measure of Alabama’s water supply. But a lot depends on where and when the rain falls.

Global Temperature Check

Atmospheric scientist John Christy says two decades of data don’t back up the mathematical models of global warming theory.

Renewable Energy Waste Conversion

Recycling human waste into fertilizer may seem like an indelicate topic for polite society, but it’s an important one nonetheless. Like most...

Nature in Decatur, Neighbor to Arts

Getting rid of bugs has been a Cook family passion for three generations. Now the family has endowed a museum to put those little...

The Pollinator

“See those bumblebees on the sunflowers?” Dr. George Koulianos asks underneath a blue sky near the southernmost tip of Alabama. “This is what I...

Black Belt Green

Teaming with former first lady Marsha Folsom, this Seattle couple, who made bamboo a mainstay in home flooring in the U.S., are forging another bamboo coup — in Alabama’s Black Belt.

Creating the Perfect Tractor for Cuba

Horace Clemmons and Saul Berenthal are at a tradeshow in Cuba this month to promote an Alabama-based tractor company they plan to build near...

An Economic History of Family Farming

Despite encroaching residential and commercial development, Baldwin County’s Belforest community remains predominantly a patchwork of family farms, most rooted in the late...

Obama EPA Gets Heavy

When it comes to the environmental regulation landscape in the United States, one thing can be said with absolute moral certainty — uncertainty...

Higher Yields with Social Media

Not so long ago, the big idea was for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to build a website and populate it with content...

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Dog’s Nose Inspires Diabetes Detector

A new wearable device by AerBetic Inc. lets diabetics keep up with their blood-sugar levels.

Auburn Soil Lab Gets $43M Infusion

A venerable soil research facility at Auburn University is expecting a $43 million funding infusion from Congress for a new facility that will continue its work of improving global food production.

Movers & Shakers in Coffee, Dale & Geneva Counties

Mike Baergen Baergen is general manager of the Ozark Assembly Operations for Bell Flight, working to increase production while maintaining safety and quality standards. Baergen,...

City Trees Are These Artisans’ Niche

Leigh and Cliff Spencer’s Alabama Sawyer makes its niche in the recycled timber of Alabama’s “urban forest.”

Alabama Builders Advance New Technologies

Technology is now making a difference on the ground in Alabama construction — whereas, the data once just flowed to HQ.