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Post-Michael Forestry Seminar to be Held Dec. 13

DOTHAN, Ala.—Alabama Cooperative Extension System specialists will host a forestry seminar Thursday, Dec. 13, in conjunction with the USDA Farm Services Agency and the Alabama Forestry Commission, to help landowners make decisions about storm-damaged timber. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Houston County Extension Office. Bence Carter, a forestry, wildlife and natural resources regional agent, ... Read More »

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects Farmers

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act buttons in a pile. Image by shutterstock.com/cbies.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Many farmers and ranchers will benefit from tax law changes brought about by last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Producers should be aware of changes and how they will affect the operation’s bottom line. Kevin Burkett, a Farm and Agribusiness Management Team regional agent, suggests contacting a tax professional to discuss changes and their ... Read More »

Alabama Row Crops Short Course Set for Dec. 13-14

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—The Alabama Row Crops Short course is scheduled for Dec. 13-14 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Formerly known as the Corn and Wheat Short Course, Dr. Brenda Ortiz an Alabama Extension precision agriculture specialist at Auburn University, expanded the program to encompass all Alabama row crops in 2017. Ortiz said the course provides ... Read More »

Agriculture Damage Ripples Through Wiregrass Economy

by Maggie Lawrence AUBURN UNIVERISTY, Ala.—The impact of agriculture damage from Hurricane Michael is rippling through southeast Alabama’s regional economy. The associate director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said that total agriculture impacts top more than $300 million and could cost the region more than 2,500 jobs. “Direct agricultural losses total $204 million alone,” said Dr. Paul Brown, Extension’s ... Read More »

Crop Insurance Not a Guaranteed Payout for Farmers

hurricane-damaged cotton

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Insurance companies will be busy processing claims and assessing damages, as residents affected by Hurricane Michael work to recover. Crop insurance agents and adjusters, in tandem with Extension agents and other government program agencies, will work to help producers determine losses and file crop claims. Alabama Extension economist Max Runge said producers will assess and report damage in ... Read More »

Exercise Caution During Clean Up After Hurricane Michael

AUBURN, Ala.—In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, residents across the south are surveying the damage and starting to plan clean up efforts. Henry Dorough, who leads Alabama Extension‘s severe weather response efforts, said residents should heed safety warnings when they venture out to assess damages. Fallen trees and downed power lines are the most common reasons for power outages after a ... Read More »

Produce Safety Alliance Training Workshops Continue

AUBURN, Ala.—The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will continue conducting Produce Safety Alliance training workshops in October and November. A new produce safety rule focusing on setting the first-ever federal regulatory standards for production, harvest and handling of fruits and vegetables will subject growers to inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries. The ... Read More »

Protect Backyard Bees During Tropical Storms

AUBURN, Ala.—Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast tonight. Gordon could be a tropical storm or even a low end hurricane. In either event, backyard beekeepers may notice buzzing around the hive quiets down. Like other animals, bees sense changes in their environment. Dr. Geoffrey Williams, an assistant professor in the Auburn University College of ... Read More »

USDA Releases Farmer Trade Assistance Package Information

shutterstock.com/Alf Rebeiro. soybeans and a $100 bill.

AUBURN, Ala.—Recent changes in U.S. trade policies have sparked the need for farmer financial aid in the United States. The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released details about a financial aid package to help farmers Aug. 27. The farmer trade assistance package’s goal is to help farmers as they navigate uncharted territory in dealing with tariffs related to trade ... Read More »

Trade Tariffs Initiate Soybean Market Shift, Cause Concern

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by Justin Miller and Katie Nichols AUBURN, Ala.—As Farm Bill discussions continue in Washington, D.C., producers wait for the direction a new bill will bring to the agricultural sector. Without a completed Farm Bill, producers are operating on the previous bill’s prices and provisions. The trade tariffs imposed on many U.S. agricultural products have raised concerns about the future of ... Read More »