farmers

Eastchase Farmer’s Market Opens with Social Distancing Restrictions

The Shoppes at Eastchase’s 16th annual Farmer’s Market kicked off Saturday. Hundreds of people stopped by for the opening weekend. “It’s one of the first days. The sun is shining brightly. People are able to get out in the open air,” Marketing Director Suzanna Wasserman said. Organizers explained extra guidelines are in place for the safety of shoppers and vendors…

Rain, Coronavirus Impacting Local Farmers

Recent rain and flooding are causing concerns for many in our area. And it’s also impacting our local farmers. This is normally the time of year when farmers are preparing their fields and planting corn. But those plans have been put on hold due to the excess water. Troy Fillingim is a farmer in Pike and Coffee counties who says…

AG Commissioner Speaks at Farm City Week Breakfast in Selma

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Folks in Selma are celebrating Farm City Week. The annual Button Hole Breakfast was held Thursday morning at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-op as part of the festivities. Farm-City week is a chance to educate people about the importance of farming. Organizers say the week highlights the contributions farmers make to society. They say it…

Pike County Farmers Prepare for Harvest Season

Drought conditions continue to affect parts of the state -especially in Pike County, where farmers are getting ready to pick their crops. “You have your scattered rain and this is just one of the places that ain’t just got enough rain. It’s the later cotton and peanuts that need a little bit more rain to finish them up,” Pike County…

Farmers Receive Assistance After Shutdown Ends, New Concerns On Horizon

Alabama farmers have begun receiving their government checks that were delayed during the partial government shutdown. The shutdown ended January 25th. Now, there are new concerns with a new crop season just days away. February is a very busy month for farmers, with trade shows and deadlines looming for the upcoming crop season. “Well the government shutdown came to an end…

Alabama Crops Suffer Damage After Hurricane Michael

It has been almost two weeks since Hurricane Michael hit south Alabama. Farmers in the area say they weren’t hit as hard as they were expecting. Along County Road 4404, on the outskirts of the city of Banks in Pike County, farmer Mike Wilson was busy with the Tuesday’s work. He said he was nervous when he found out Michael…

Drought Returns to Parts of Alabama

A new federal assessment says drought is creeping back into Alabama. The latest report from the National Drought Mitigation Center released Thursday says parts of five counties in northwestern Alabama are in a moderate drought. Most of the Tennessee Valley region also is abnormally dry, as is much of Baldwin County on the coast. The area affected by drought is…

Gas Prices Could Impact State Agriculture

The U.S. Energy Administration reports gas prices are down 36 cents per gallon from this time last year. While the lower prices are good for your budget right now, they could eventually affect your grocery budget. Alabama farmers greatly benefit from lower gas prices. The lower prices mean they spend less money planting and harvesting their crops and transporting them…