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Charitable Donations Are Option for Produce Growers

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AUBURN, Ala. – Farmer’s markets, roadside stands and grocery stores are traditional ways producers sell and promote their products. While these ways are great outlets, farmers are starting to utilize other nontraditional ways. Sometimes, producers have extra produce that they cannot sell. Producers are able to donate their additional produce through charitable donation or “gleaning”. Gleaning has a unique history to ... Read More »

Michelle Elmore Awarded BIF Continuing Service Award

AUBURN, Ala. – For more than 16 years, Michelle Elmore has dedicated her career to the betterment of the cattle industry and the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (BCIA). All those years of hard work paid off when the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Elmore a BIF Continuing Service Award. This award is presented to those who have made major ... Read More »

Prepare Now–Avoid Flood and Water Damage Later

AUBURN, Ala. – Tropical Storm Cindy has dumped heavy rains from Texas to Alabama, causing localized flooding in many locations.  Advance preparations can reduce your risk of flood damage to interior contents and reduce loss of important items. Before making any changes, check with your local code and housing officials, insurance representatives and floodplain manager to ensure the changes meet regulations. ... Read More »

Important that Farmers Participate in Census of Agriculture

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AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama farmers and producers will get a chance to represent agriculture in their areas by participating in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years, this census provides a count of all U.S farms and ranches and those who operate them. The Census of Agriculture highlights land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, ... Read More »

Alabama Peach Production Takes Major Hit

AUBURN, Ala.— Alabama Cooperative Extension System fruit specialists are estimating Alabama’s peach producers are harvesting only 10 to 30 percent of their normal crop this season. A lethal combination of a low number of chill hours, recent drought conditions and a late frost have stressed peach crops across the state. Low Chill Hours Gary Gray, an Alabama Extension regional commercial horticulture agent, ... Read More »

Estate Planning Workshops for Farmers and Landowners

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AUBURN, Ala. – Farmers and landowners often have a lot of questions when they consider how to deal with land as they begin the estate planning process. Who will manage the land and pay the taxes? Will children get along after the death of a parent? How can parents ensure that farming children have use of the land? These are just ... Read More »

Alabama Extension to Host QuickBooks Pro Class

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AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension will host a series of instructional classes on the QuickBooks Pro software. The classes will help farmers and small business owners learn how to get the most out of this widely used program. Each section will last two nights with one class held on Tuesday night and the last class on Thursday night. Each class ... Read More »

Adding Protein To Your Diet

AUBURN, Ala. – March is national nutrition month. The month is meant to spotlight the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. According to the USDA, all foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts and seeds are considered part of the protein foods group. The amount ... Read More »

Aquaponics Workshop Set for April 11

AUBURN, Ala. – If you are looking for an interesting new business venture or hobby, consider attending the aquaponics workshop by Alabama Extension. One of the hottest topics in agriculture right now is aquaponics. Aquaponics is a form of farming that integrates aquaculture and hydroponics (growing plants without soil) to provide homegrown fish and vegetables that you control. The workshop ... Read More »

Including Fruits in Your Diet

AUBURN, Ala. – March is national nutrition month. The month is meant to spotlight the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. According to the USDA, fruits are sources of many essential nutrients that are underconsumed, including potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). These recipes are great ways to include ... Read More »