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Alabama Green Industry Offers Online Job Site

Green Industry jobs site

AUBURN, Ala.—As any employer knows, finding the right person for a job can be tricky. Similarly, high school and college students know it can be equally difficult to find the right job. The Alabama Green Industry jobs site offers a solution to help solve this problem for both parties. Alabama Green Industry Training Center Website The website is a collaborative effort ... Read More »

Social Media Basics for Small Businesses

Auburn, Alabama — In a world where people depend on social media, many small businesses fall behind in an effort to stay up to date with the current communication trends. Understanding the proper way to communicate with customers is difficult, but there are easy ways that small businesses can expand their social media use daily. Small businesses must first understand ... Read More »

Grant Writing Webinar on Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program is Feb. 3

The Increasing Trend of Locally Sourced Products

Auburn, Alabama– A free webinar focusing on effective grant writing strategies for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) programs such as the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) is set for Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. until noon. Local Food Promotion Program planning grant awards range from $25,000 to $100,000. The LFPP implementation grant awards range ... Read More »

The Secret to Starting a Business

Auburn, Alabama — Starting a new business venture is difficult in today’s economy. Although some argue that luck is the key, seeking guidance and a solid plan can lay the foundation for a new business to thrive, according to a business expert. Rick Zapata, a regional Extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, describes what it takes to lay a ... Read More »

Alabama Agriculture Outlook Meetings Planned

Farm Outlook

AUBURN, Ala.—Alabama Extension will hold a series of Alabama Agriculture Outlook meetings across the state in January. Alabama Farm and Agribusiness Resource Management (FARM) professionals will update farmers, producers and agribusiness owners on the current situation of agriculture in the state as well as expectations for 2017. The meetings will look at key elements of the state’s agriculture as well ... Read More »

Recycling: What it Means for the Environment and the Economy

Auburn, Alabama — Recycling is the process of converting waste products into reusable materials. This process allows products to be used to their fullest extent. How Does the Recycling Process Work? In Bibb and Chilton counties in Alabama, typical recyclable materials include cardboard boxes, office paper, newspapers, magazines, books, metal food cans, aluminum cans, #1 plastic containers (soft drink bottles) ... Read More »

Farm Diversification Spreads Risk

AUBURN, Ala.— Farm diversification is an important farm management practice producers use to maximize profits and reduce risks. What is Farm Diversification? Diversification is “the attempt to capture market gains and reduce risk by having multiple enterprise opportunities as part of my business plan,” said Ken Kelley, a regional farm and agribusiness management agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Kelley ... Read More »

New Extension Team Focused on Improving Farmers’ Business Decisions

agribusiness

AUBURN, Alabama — The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has launched a new program team to assist farmers and agricultural producers enhance their operations. The new Farm and Agribusiness Management Team will help producers and agribusinesses in being and remaining successful enterprises. Max Runge, an Alabama Extension economist, said that the new team will focus on aiding producers on several topics. “Our ... Read More »

What is available at fall farmers markets

AUBURN, Ala. – As the weather gets colder and the fall months push on, farmers market shoppers are left to question what is still available at their favorite markets.   (Photo: Patrick Kuhl // Flickr) Within the last few years, the nearly 200 Alabama markets have seen a dramatic rise in popularity. Due to this increase, farmers are finding new ways to stay competitive ... Read More »

Extension Farm and Agribusiness Management Team Offers Farm Tax Seminar

AUBURN, Ala. — Extension’s newly formed Farm and Agribusiness Management Team will present a one-day workshop Friday, Oct. 14, for accountants who work with farmers and other agribusinesses. The Farm Tax CPE Seminar will be in Prattville at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center at Capitol Hill. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The conference center is located at 2500 ... Read More »