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Should I File for Bankruptcy?

No one plans to file for bankruptcy. The typical scenario is a farmer is under financial stress and then a crisis happens—price decrease for crops, drought, major repair, etc. Bankruptcy is generally a last resort. If possible, the farmer…

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How Will The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Me and My Cattle Operation?

This cannot explain everything in the 500-page Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but the following are some of the highlights of the Act.
Estate Tax Changes
For estates of decedents dying and gifts made after December 31, 2017, and before January 1,…

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How Does a Lender Determine Whether to Renew My Line of Credit?

There are several factors that go into a lender’s decision whether or not to renew a line of credit. It is just like school. You take the exam, and the grade determines your financial health.
Do you have a balance sheet?
The first questio…

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Are You in a General Partnership and Don’t Know It?

Do any of the following situations sound familiar? “I have some cows or run stockers  with my brother, neighbor, friend, etc.” or “I farm on halves, or shares, with a farmer I know but basically my only inputs are land and a small percenta…

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Silvopasture from a Farmer’s Perspective

Silvopasture is a management system that combines the production of trees, forage, and livestock. It requires knowledge and intense management of all three components and, for that reason, can be a daunting task. For many farmers, howev…

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Silvopasture: An Opportunity for Additional Income from Your Forestland

Take a minute to think about why you own land. Is it to pass on to your children and grandchildren? For outdoor recreation? Because you enjoy the beauty of nature? Is it part of your farm? 

If you answered yes to one or more of these qu…

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Landowners and Forest Inventories: Frequently Asked Questions

Assume you just purchased a new car and have decided to sell your old vehicle yourself. What is the first thing you would do? You would determine the value of the vehicle and a reasonable sales price, right?

Most people wouldn’t dre…

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Improve Lighting to Enhance Forest Habitat – Management Minute Video

Learn more about how opening up your forest and improving lighting can benefit your deer herd.

For more information, contact the Alabama Extension regional forestry and wildlife agent serving your county.

To learn more about lig…

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Taking Soil Samples – Management Minute Video

We depend on soils to grow our food, but they also support the natural systems that we count on to produce forest and wildlife resources.  Soils impact forestland productivity, and can determine if certain plants and animals grow and thriv…

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Managing Stress: Guide for Understanding Stressful Situations

The term stressful situations refers to events that families find problematic. These events may occur often, such as getting the kids off to school, dealing with work issues, arguing with friends or family, or experiencing social me…

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Checklist for Handling Stress or Traumatic Situations

Techniques and strategies can help reduce the stress in your life during difficult times or in traumatic situations.

Acknowledge your stress.

Be open to learning new ways of coping.

Stay connected.

Help others.

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Escape Vapes

Adolescent Health Issue
Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among high school students has increased at a staggering rate. According to the United States Surgeon General, e-cigarette use is higher among youth than adults and has…

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Good Use of Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is the practice of using a variety of methods to manage pests. When used correctly, pesticides can be a great tool for managing pests, but they should not be the first action to manage pest problems. This…

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Plantings for Wildlife

Three of the most important requirements for game and nongame wildlife are shelter (cover), food, and water. Increasing or decreasing the abundance of a particular wildlife species on your property will be a matter of altering the relativ…

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