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Chilton Food Innovation Center

Business Management

It's a changing world out there — one that is more competitive than ever, especially for farmers. Extension economists throughout the state are working to equip farmers and livestock producers with the most effective, up-to-date skills to build sustainable, profitable business operations.

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Do One Thing to Prepare for Disaster

America's PrepareAthon!℠ was launched in 2013 as a national, grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience through... more

Small Ruminant Tour Slated for May 22-26

​Small ruminant producers will have an opportunity to learn more about Northeastern meat goat practices on a tour sponsored-in-part by... more

The New Age of Farming- Social Media

Communicator is committed to providing you research-based information for … improving your quality of... more

​Grant Workshops to Support Local Foods

AUBURN, Ala. – Grant-writing workshops designed to help potential applicants understand, develop and submit their Federal grant applications for the... more

Annie's Project is coming to Huntsville beginning April 28, 2015!

​Annie’s Project is a six-session … intensive agri-business management seminar for women with a... more

2015 AFVGA Conference Highlights for Beginning and Experienced Farmers

​Online registrations end Feb 2. Walk-ins welcome on Feb 6 and 7 starting at 7:30 am! ... more

2013 Agronomic Crops Team IMPACT REPORT

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has published an impact summary for the Agronomics Crops Team detailing results and outcomes for... more

Annie's Project is coming to Greensboro, Alabama beginning February 12, 2015!

​Annie’s Project is a six-session intensive agri-business management seminar for women with a passion for business and involvement, and a... more

Annie's Project is coming to Gadsden, Alabama!

​Annie’s Project is a six-session intensive agri-business management seminar for women with a passion for business and involvement, and a... more

Forest Farming webinar today!

David Fuller will  present information on "The incredible edible Ostrich Fern fiddlehead" today from 1-2 pm central time.  To register... more


Marketing Alternatives for Feeder Cattle

Feeder Cattle - USDA-ARS image number K5643-20 Are you a feeder cattle producer worrying if this year's gross revenues will be enough to cover production expenses? Would you like to find a way to make certain that your operation will cover these expenses and perhaps even lock in a profit? You may be able to achieve this goal using a combination of feeder cattle market alternatives.

Marketing is usually the most difficult management task that the feeder cattle producer has to perform. Proper marketing can make the difference between profit and loss in the feeder cattle business. As is true of production programs and management practices, many marketing alternatives are available to the feeder cattle producer. Most producers spend much of their time and effort improving production practices while spending very little time on the marketing of their product. However, time spent marketing feeder cattle in today's complex economic environment can pay larger dividends than time spent on improving or implementing many production practices.   more...