(ACES) — Coronavirus or no coronavirus, Alabama Extension is always in the business of serving people. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Extension teams are adapting their delivery methods to continue providing educational information to the residents of Alabama.
“This outbreak is not keeping our program teams from helping the public,” said Mike Phillips, an assistant director of Alabama Extension. “Our teams, such as the beekeeping, gardening and animal sciences and forages teams, have developed online workshops, videos, webinars, and other digital information to ensure they continue serving the public”
The Extension beekeeping team has developed the Stay at Home Beekeeping Series. This webinar series will provide educational information for beekeepers to encourage beekeeping clubs to cancel their scheduled, on-site meetings. Visit the Stay at Home Beekeeping Series – Distance Learning for Beekeeping Clubs page for more information.
The Alabama Extension home grounds team has created several online resources for the public. The Get Outside with Alabama Smart Yards Series is an webinar that presents information on common gardening and landscaping topics. The Smart Yards Facebook Video Series will post a video each Friday of the series through the Alabama Smart Yards – Alabama Extension Facebook page. These videos will discuss the top five plants you need to know. Visit the Smart Yards Online Series page for more information about these resources.
Livestock and Forage
The animal sciences and forages team has several online resources. These allow producers to stay up to date as they move into the spring and summer management seasons.
- Beef Basics Online Course – This eight-part online course features information on management in beef operations from start to finish. Visit the Beef Basics Online Course page at aces.edu to enroll in the course.
- Animal Science and Forage Webinar Series – Each month, a member of the animal sciences and forages team presents information related to livestock or forages. Visit the 2020 Animal Science and Forage Webinar Series Schedule page for more information. Previously aired webinars are also available on the Alabama Extension YouTube.
- Website and Social Media – Online publications and other informational pieces are available online at alabamabeefsystems.com and www.alabamaforages.com. Also, visit the Alabama Beef Systems Extension Facebook page and the Alabama Cooperative Extension Forage Focus Program Facebook page for more educational resources.
Source: Alabama Cooperative Extension System