the years, ACES has actively provided assistance to counties throughout the
Black Belt Region in agricultural development. Representatives of ACES, located
on Auburn University's campus, have developed new techniques and conducted
valuable research in the areas of agriculture and natural resources. This
research has been applied to many areas. Listed immediately below are five
projects that have been conducted by ACES. Following this list are additional
projects conducted by Auburn University faculty.
Alabama Fish Farming
Established in 1982, the
Alabama Fish Farming Center is located in Greensboro -- the heart of Alabama's
catfish industry. The center provides technical assistance statewide in all
aspects of fish farming. Every year, the Fish Farming Center analyzes thousands
of water samples, diagnoses disease cases and surveys pond sites comprising
hundred of acres. Its staff, supported by AU's Department of Fisheries and
Allied Aquacultures, the Alabama Soil and Conservation District, ACES, the
Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the USDA's Wildlife Services
Agency, provides assistance in most of Alabama's 67 counties. Contact: Greg
Whitis, Aquaculture Extension Specialist, Alabama Fish Farming
Center, Greensboro, AL, (334) 624-4016.
Master Cattle Producers
This program was designed
to teach Alabama producers everything regarding being competitive in agriculture.
Over 1,450 producers from 41 counties have been certified through this program.
ACES*, along with the
Alabama Fire Ant Management Project, established phorid flies, a major predator
of fire ants, in Talladega, Lowndes and Houston counties. This creation has
assisted with the curtailment of fire ants.
Greene County Study
The Greene County study
is titled "Quantifying the effects of plastic tube shelters, wire cages,
and fertilization on planted Nuttall oak seedlings" was initiated in
1999. The objective of this study is to examine the effect of deer herbivory
on planted oak seedlings comparing three types of browse control: a) control
(no protection), b) 4 foot tall wire cages around each planted seedling,
and c) four foot tall plastic tube shelters. Examination of costs and benifits
of fertilizer application at the time of planting and its interaction with
the browse control treatments is also conducted. Contact: Dr. Edward Loewenstein,
Assistant Professor of Silviculture School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences,
Sumter County Study
The Sumter County study
is titled "Improving the reproduction of high-quality oaks in bottomland
forests in Western Alabama" was initiated in 2000. The objective of
the study is to improve the species composition, growth, and quality of tree
reproduction following clearcut harvesting. To this end, the study was designed
to examine the effect of three competition control measures: a) no treatment,
b) midstory competition control via herbicide application, and c) midstory
and understory control via herbicide; and the efficacy of planting oak seedlings
following harvest to supplement natural regeneration. Contact: Dr.
Edward Loewenstein, Assistant Professor of Silviculture School
of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, (334) 844-1069.