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rooster On Saturday, March 17, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold its annual Small Ruminant Spring Forum at the Sand Mountain Research Station in Crossville, Ala. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The theme for this event is “Opportunities for Farm Diversification in Northeast Alabama.”

Speakers will include Alabama A&M University professor and researcher Dr. Rao Mentreddy, as well as Extension researchers Dr. John Blake and Dr. Darrell Rankins. Topics will include alternative feeds for small ruminants, pastured poultry and specialty vegetables.

The Small Ruminant Spring Forum is a program of the Alabama Ethnic Food Security Network that was launched in 2011 to educate small-scale farmers and food marketers about sustainable production and marketing of safe and culturally-appropriate, free-range meats and vegetables, such as chicken, beef, lamb, goat, rabbit, eggplant, pumpkin, cilantro, peppers and tomatillos.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Urban Regional Extension Agent Eddie Wheeler at (256) 582-2009 or Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer at (256) 689-0274.

For more information about the Alabama Ethnic Food Security Network, visit


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