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Alabama Community Leadership Network Spring Conference

Community leaders across Alabama are marking their calendars for the Alabama Community Leadership Network (ACLN) Spring Conference on May 6. Focusing on brain, brand and boundaries, the 2015 spring conference will prepare leaders to re-examine the way they think, how they present themselves and how far they are willing to go for their organizations. Randy Frazier, president of Frazier Communications, ... Read More »

Crop Outlook: Weather Affects Numbers

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Following a cold, wet winter in most parts of Alabama, producers are stepping back to re-evaluate plans for the growing season. With planting delayed in North Alabama and the Tennessee Valley after heavy rains, and planting delayed in the Wiregrass with no rain, Alabama Cooperative Extension Economist Max Runge said weather has had an impact on planting this season, as it ... Read More »

Better Cattle Market Prices Finally

The beef market skyrocketed after a drought forced farmers to liquidate millions of cattle in the United States, significantly reducing beef supplies.  In addition, beef demand has increased across the nation.  That means American cattle farmers have enjoyed a year where beef prices are finally getting them paid for what they do. “I feel good about the cattle prices being ... Read More »

Changing Alabama with Leadership Development Programs

AUBURN, Ala.- Through the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Economic & Community Development Institute, located at Auburn University, has helped promote economic prosperity and improved quality of life for communities all throughout Alabama. By establishing several different leadership development programs, the ECDI is uniquely positioned to provide leadership for economic and community development all through Alabama. One program in particular ... Read More »


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Alabama Extension Conducting Grant Workshops to Support Local Foods

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AUBURN, Ala. – Grant-writing workshops designed to help potential applicants understand, develop and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program are being offered in every state this spring. Alabama Extension and the Southern Regional Center for Rural Development are partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and National Institute for ... Read More »

Marengo County Business Incubator Helps Create Jobs

A big empty building–that’s what was left behind when the Alabama National Guard shut its armory in Linden, Ala.  It could have stayed empty, but a community partnership saw an economic opportunity in the old armory building. The Marengo County Commission, the Marengo County Economic Development Authority (MCDEA), and the Marengo County office of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System joined ... Read More »

Alabama–Popular Among Retirees

Although Alabama is a popular place for college students and growing businesses, several cities in Alabama are also becoming increasingly popular for retirees. Cities such as Birmingham, Huntsville, Auburn, Montgomery, Mobile and the Lake Martin area offer access to warm weather, golf, beaches, lakes and healthcare, all at a lower cost than other more traditional retirement areas. Wanda Jurriaans, county Extension ... Read More »

Career Countdown for Alabama Youth

  HUNTSVILLE, AL. – Alabama’s youth are Alabama’s future. With this in mind, Alabama Cooperative Extension System agents throughout the state have built a Career Countdown program to encourage youth career development and education planning. According to Roger Richardson, an Alabama Extension economic and community development specialist at Alabama A&M University, the Career Countdown program is designed to help youth identify their ... Read More »

Alabama Saves Week

Alabama Saves Week is Feb. 23 -28.  This week is part of a year-long campaign to promote financial health and well being in Alabama by educating people of all ages to spend and save wisely. (Photo available via Alabama Saves) A variety of activities are available to teach youth and adults how to save money. Some of the events include budgeting and spending ... Read More »