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Enhancing Sustainability Options For Farmers

By Libbie Johnson

Weather is one of farming’s greatest challenges. But Dr. Brenda Ortiz, a corn and grain crops specialist with Alabama Extension, says farmers’ abilities to manage production risks like drought or heavy rains are improving.

“Many of the farmers who are leading the way in the use of risk resilient practices learned about them at Southeast Climate Extension workshops and outreach programs,” said Ortiz.

Producers can learn more about climate adaptation strategies at Ag Solutions Day Aug. 10 in Orange Beach, Alabama. The one-day event is free and will be held at the Orange Beach Events Center, 4671 Wharf Parkway. The meeting is slated for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Daylight Time and lunch will be provided.

Registration is encouraged by July 31. Visit to register online.  For more information, contact Jeana Baker at (334) 844-3922 or

“Producers will learn best options for reducing climate-related risks,” said Ortiz. “In addition, they will learn the latest on solution-oriented technologies that will help them better manage risk.”

“Farmers will see innovations that can enhance their sustainability as well learn strategies that will allow them to upscale their production levels.”
Breakout Sessions

  • Conservation tillage and high-residue cover crops
  • Sub-surface drip irrigation
  • Variable rate irrigation
  • Sod-based rotation
  • Sesame—A New Crop for Southeast
  • Use of Drones in Agriculture