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Extension Professionals Present NEFE Program, Equip Teachers

SELMA, ALA.—Alabama Extension professionals presented a workshop on the High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) to Dallas County area educators recently at the Dallas County Farmers Co-Operative. The program, fully funded by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and cost-free for educators, offers a full set of resources developed to facilitate interactional education between teens in grades eight through 12 ... Read More »

Buying Local Has Gone to the Cows

beef basics

AUBURN, Alabama.- It’s no secret that summer months and farmers markets just go together in the South. All across Alabama on Saturday mornings you can find local farmers taking their produce to sell at local farmers markets. Typically you see assorted fruits and vegetables. You can usually find honey and soaps and flowers as well. One new product, however, has ... Read More »

Increasing Trend of Locally Sourced Products

Locally sourced products

AUBURN, Alabama–It’s a common thing today to walk into a local restaurant or coffee shop and see on the menu that they use locally sourced products. It has been popping up seemingly everywhere, but a lot of consumers do not know what it really means. “There is no legal definition of it, so if you put that on a label of a food product there ... Read More »

Vigilance Critical in Avian Influenza Battle

Biosecurity measures in poultry houses

AUBURN, Alabama–Alabama agriculture officials and regional poultry experts continue to monitor commercial and backyard poultry operations for any sign of the avian influenza also known as bird flu. An outbreak of the deadly disease in Alabama has the potential to create a downturn in production in the state’s largest agri-business. Alabama is one of the nation’s leaders in broiler chicken production. The ... Read More »

State Parks Provide an Outlet for Adventure

Entrance to Chewacla State Park

AUBURN, Alabama–Seventy-six years ago,  the Department of Conservation Act was signed into law by Frank Dixon, the governor at the time, officially creating the Alabama State Park system and providing countless opportunities for the people of Alabama to experience nature. Since then, the number of state parks has increased to 28, not including the numerous other wildlife management areas. “The cool thing ... Read More »

Farmers Markets Benefit Alabama Communities

Auburn, Ala. —Farmers markets are a common source of local agriculture in Alabama and provide numerous benefits to the communities they are established in. The markets offer a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables for members of the community to purchase and take home. According to the Alabama Department of Agriculture, there are more than 160 registered farmers markets ... Read More »

A Friday Worth Celebrating

Marengo County CEC Kathryn Friday recently made history for West Alabama after winning first place at the national level from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) for her project “From an Armory to a Business Incubator.” Friday’s project was entered into the Excellence in Community Development Team where she first won first in the Southern Region before ... Read More »

Alabama Extension’s Creative Services Unit Earns National Awards

Alabama Extension’s Creative Services Unit earned seven national awards, including the top individual award for in publishing and graphic design, at the Association for Communications Excellence national conference in Charleston, South Carolina. ACE is an international association of communicators, educators and information technologists. Bruce Dupree, manager, creative services unit for Alabama Extension since 2014, was presented the Award of Excellence ... Read More »

Extension PREPing Others for Employment

When competing for employment, preparation is key to make sure you stand out among other applicants. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is helping people do just that through its Promoting Readiness for Employment Possibilities employment preparation program. According to the Alabama Department of Labor, in February 2015, the civilian labor force totaled 2,111,624. This number combines all Alabama residents ages 16 and older ... Read More »

New Meat Processing Plant Brings Opportunities

AUBURN, Ala.–California-based restaurant industry supplier Golden State Foods’ plan to build a meat processing plant in Opelika, Ala. is a step in reaching the goals of the Alabama Strategic Plan for Agriculture. The strategic plan has a  a goal of expanding agriculture-related jobs by 58,000 and adding $7 billion to the state economy by 2020. With completion expected in fall 2016, the  plant will contribute ... Read More »