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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 »

Forests in the City – Why Urban Forestry is Key

Auburn, Ala.—When most people hear the words city or urban, trees are likely not the first images that come to mind. Jack Rowe, an arborist, entomologist and horticulturist who works as an urban forestry agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, gave more information about the subject. What may be surprising to some is that trees are actually essential for cities ... Read More »

Farmers Fight Low Prices with Diversification, Crop Rotations

AUBURN, Ala. — In recent years, farmers have seen record high and low prices for all things sold in the agricultural market. Market prices rely on worldwide supply and demand, so production on the world scale hits home for Alabama producers when prices stay low and cost of production remains high. Producers throughout the country are making adjustments on the ... Read More »

Rainwater Harvesting Could Revolutionize Poultry Industry

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AUBURN, Ala.—Raising broiler chickens takes water—a lot of water. But rainwater harvesting could substantially reduce Alabama poultry growers’ dependence on municipal water sources or well water and reduce growers’ annual water bill by as much as $16,000 or more and pay for itself in as few as four to five years. Dr. Gene Simpson, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative ... Read More »

Food Entrepreneur Conference Set for April 27-28

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AUBURN, Ala.–Last year, more than 40 aspiring and up-and-coming food entrepreneurs attended the Food Entrepreneur Conference in Auburn to learn more about starting their own food business. Patricia Barnes, or “Sister Schubert,” shared the story of how she got her Parker House-style yeast rolls – a family recipe – into grocery stores nationwide, and marketing guru John Marsh talked about ... Read More »

Symposium Aims to Minimize Stormwater Impacts

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AUBURN, Ala.— The floods of Christmas 2015, which gathered national attention, did more than $6.7 million in damage to Alabama’s roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. Less dramatic, but just as important, is managing the more frequent, smaller storm events that wash pollutants into lakes and waterways. Polluted stormwater runoff is the major contributor to water pollution in Alabama and ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Conducting Grant Workshop to Support Local Foods

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AUBURN, Ala. – A free workshop designed to help Alabama farmers and others develop grant applications will be held Friday, April 1, in Selma. Sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the workshop will focus 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. ... Read More »

Crop Outlook 2016: Farmers Take on Long-term Perspectives

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AUBURN, Ala.—Droughts, heavy rainfall and a variety of other conditions plagued farmers in 2015. Now, producers heading into planting for 2016 are already researching and making decisions hoping to make this growing season better than the last. Max Runge, an Alabama Extension economist, said farmers throughout the Southeast have experienced production highs and lows in recent years due to a ... Read More »