Tuesday, February 21, 2012

AgriTREK/S​ciTREK and AgDiscover​y at Tuskegee University

Summer Program Opportunit​ies at Tuskegee University for High School Students - AgriTREK/S​ciTREK and AgDiscover​y

Tuskegee University to host high schoolers 14-17 years or 9th-12th grades (See program details) this summer through two residential programs - AgriTREK/SciTREK and AgDiscovery.

The program dates are June 9 - June 23,2012.

These USDA and NSF supported program provide high schoolers interested in science, technology engineering, agriculture, and mathematics an opportunity to perform find out about careers in these fields as well as participate in mini-research projects under the guidance of graduate student and faculty mentors in a variety of life and natural science fields, including biology, chemistry, animal science, plant science, soils sciences, engineering, and more!

There is NO COST to attend either of these programs; however, parents/guardians are responsible for bringing scholars to the program and retrieving them on the designated day and time. Students may be eligible to receive up to $200 to help defray the cost of transportation to the program. Scholars receive complimentary housing in a Tuskegee University dormitory as well as meals at the university cafeteria.

Visit the program website (http://www.tuskegee.edu/agritrek.aspx) to find out more about the programs and to obtain the program brochures, applications, FAQs, etc. Please note that there are separate application processes for each program. Individuals are encouraged to apply to both programs to increase the probability of selection.

The application deadline is Thursday, March 15, 2012.

For additional information, please contact the Program Assistant, Ms. Marilyn Hooks at mhooks@mytu.tuskegee.edu or 334-727-8453 or visit the program website indicated above.

Tuskegee University - Year-round Pasture Field Days

Sustainable Livestock Production through Year-round Pasture

Summer pasture in June 2011, Selma, AL
Ruminant-livestock production in Alabama is based on pasture. Highly productive and quality pasture persisting throughout a year or most of the year is important for sustainable livestock enterprises. Most of the livestock producers in Alabama have warm-season perennial pasture that produce from April to October and have negligible or no production from November to March, when farmers need to invest much on supplementary feedstuffs like hay, commercial feed, and agricultural byproducts to sustain their livestock. Feeding purchased feed for 5-6 months each year is not cost-effective. Therefore, every producers who are seriously involved in livestock farming must develop year-round pasture and implement appropriate grazing practice. Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program (TUCEP) has been providing education and technical support to livestock producers who are interested in improving their pastures and grazing practice. Following are imminent two field days on ‘Year-round pasture production and grazing/browsing management’ that livestock producers can benefit from.

 Winter pastures in January 2012, Phenix City, AL
March 24, 2012 (Saturday, 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.) - The Central Ala. Farmers Co-Op. 2519 U.S. highway 80 west Selma, Al 36701

April 7, 2012 (Saturday, 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Central time) - 508 14th Street, Phenix City, Alabama (Russell County Extension Office Auditorium)


Major topics of the field day
  •  Soil test, lime and fertilizer application, land preparation
  • Forage selection and plantation
  • Grazing management
  • Supplementation of the grazing animals
  • Listen to the lead farmer
  • Group discussion - share your ideas
  • Demonstration and hands-on in the afternoon session
 Demonstration and hands-on topics
Visit Mr. Gregory Scott’s Farm, Selma, AL on March 24 field day, and perform the following activities:

  • Soil sample collection and make a composite sample for lab test
  • Measuring the forage height
  • Identification of different forages
  • Observation of the planting equipment
  • Take a tour of the pastures

 2. On April 7 field day, we will visit Mr. Nimrod Stephens’s farm and perform similar activities as listed for the Selma field day.

How can you participate in the field days?

Fill the Registration Form and submit it by March 10, 2012 as indicated in the form.

For more information, contact Dr. Uma Karki at karkiu@mytu.tuskegee.edu; Phone:(334) 727-8336

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Tuskegee University Goat Day - April 20, 2013

Tuskegee University Annual Goat Day will be held on Saturday April 20, 2013 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.  "Dairy Goat" is our theme for this year’s Goat Day. Morning session will be held at Patterson Hall Auditorim.  Then we will move to Caprine Research and Education Unit for lunch and afternoon sessions. If you plan to attend, please register by April 1 for the discounted registration rate of $15.00. Registration form can be downloaded from this link  - Registration Form
For more information, see the Goat-Day Flyer

If you need help, contact Dr. Nar Gurung @334-727-8457, 334-421-8620 or email: ngurung@mytu.tuskegee.edu.  Vendors/Exhibitors, please contact Mr. Danny Williams at 334-401-9472.

Updated March 22, 2013