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Alabama Extension: Improving Alabama’s Quality of Life and Economy

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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 »

Soybeans–Important Part of Alabama Economy

Originating in eastern Asia, the soybean was first brought to the United States as a hay crop. Until the 1930s, soybeans were used as a high quality feed, primarily for horses, due to the high level of protein it provides. Today in Alabama, the soybean leads the farming economy with almost a third more land than cotton. “Soybeans have become ... 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 »

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 »