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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

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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 »

Income Tax Workshops Planned for Farmers

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AUBURN, Ala.— Income tax planning can affect your profitability and financial security. To help farmers understand the impact of income tax planning, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering a series of workshops at locations around the state. Dr. Robert Tufts, an Alabama Extension attorney, will lead the workshops designed to help farmers and accountants who work with agribusiness determine ... Read More »

Tax Implications of Selling Cattle During Drought

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AUBURN, Ala. – Cattle producers in north Alabama are facing drought conditions. In extreme cases of drought, producers may have to reduce their herd size to take the stress off their pasture. Selling such a large number of cattle at one time can raise concerns about the tax consequences from these sales. Producers are often looking for ways to postpone ... Read More »

Building a professional resume

AUBURN, Ala. — Making a great first impression is crucial when applying for a new job position. Presenting yourself and your skills in the best way possible can be the determining factor in how a potential employer will consider your application. In most cases, the first form of contact that applicants will have with employers is a professional resume. A ... Read More »