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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 »

Identity Theft–Getting Your Life Back

AUBURN, Alabama — Identity theft is among the top three consumer complaints in the United States in 2017, according to the Federal Trade Commission. It seems that in today’s society, many purchases begin with one of the following statements. Swipe your credit card here. Insert your credit card into the chip reader below. What would people do without credit cards, debit ... Read More »

Going Beyond: Additional Markets for Fruit and Vegetable Producers

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AUBURN, Alabama–With another growing season under way, Alabama’s fruit and vegetable producers should consider less well-known marketing options to sell their harvest.  Kevin Burkett, an agribusiness management specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said while farmers markets, grocery stores, roadside stands and wholesale distribution are good options, they are not the only marketing outlets available to farmers. “Producers may ... 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 »

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 »