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May 16, 2011   Email to Friend 

Paul Brown
(334) 844-5546
May 16, 2011

AUBURN, Ala., May 16 -- The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host a webinar Friday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to noon for poultry farmers impacted by recent tornadoes.

The webinar is designed to update producers on recovery resources that may be available to them. The Extension System is conducting the webinar in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Alabama Department of Emergency Management, Alabama Cattlemen's Association, Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, USDA Farm Services Agency and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service.

"Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan asked Extension to take the lead on this effort," said Dr. Paul Brown, associate Extension director for rural and traditional programs. "As farmers try to put the pieces together, they just don't have the time to seek out every agency that might be a resource for them. This webinar will bring together all of these agencies. Agencies will outline what they can do to assist farmers. Perhaps most importantly, farmers will have the opportunity to ask questions about available resources, claims filing and other issues."

The state Department of Agriculture and Industries estimates that last month's tornadoes killed more than 3.2 million chickens and destroyed more than 200 poultry houses. It is estimated that more than 500 additional poultry houses were damaged by the storms.

Brown says poultry producers and other farmers will be able to watch the webinar from more than 40 Extension sites. For more information on the nearest viewing site, contact the county Extension office. A complete listing can be found at Aces.edu/counties. To watch the webcast via computer, connect to Aces.edu/go/155 using your web browser.

The webcast will be accessible at 9:45 a.m. Participants may not hear anything until the program begins at 10 a.m.

Poultry is Alabama's top farm commodity in cash receipts, accounting for almost 70 percent of all commodity receipts. In 2010, the state ranked third nationally in broiler production, producing more than 1 billion birds.

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