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Hobby Loss Expenses

…deductions attributable to the activity in the following order and only to the extent stated in the following three categories:

Category 1 Deductions

Deductions the taxpayer can take for personal as well as for business activities are…

Business or Hobby? Active or Passive?

…ime to an activity in calculating whether a taxpayer has materially participated in an activity where such time is analogous to personal commuting (goshorn v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo. 1993-578). However, courts have allowed travel time in certain…

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Two-Spotted Spider Mite

Two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) is a polyphagous mite that feeds on many crops. Due to its quick life cycle and ability to survive extreme conditions, it is one of the main pests found on most crops and ornamental plants.


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Wise Methods of Canning Vegetables

…ned vegetables to frozen ones, such as green beans and tomatoes. Some say they are much better canned and, if the power goes off, you will still have the canned items while the frozen ones will thaw over a period of several days.

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Avoiding Poisonous Plants

…s and close-toed shoes when in wooded areas.
Consider application of a preventive lotion, such as Ivy Block, before going outdoors.
Always wash clothes immediately upon return from walking in wooded areas.

Animals and Humans Reac…

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Summer Transition Checklist for Beef Cattle

… and desired production level and management.

2. Conduct a pasture assessment. As the seasons change, it is always a good practice to conduct a pasture/hayfield walk and evaluate available forage resources for the upcoming season. Visual…

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From the Live Well Alabama Kitchen – Tasty Taco Dip

… System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle choices,” said Dr. Sondra Parmer, Alabama Extension specialist with SNAP…

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Numbers of Women in Ag on the Rise

…stem regional agent, says is due in part to a census that better reflects operation diversity.

“This census does a good job of documenting multiple family members, both male and female, who are involved in some aspect of decision makin…

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Seedless Watermelons: A Sweet Summer Treat

…k over five decades.

“Triploid, better known as seedless, watermelons were first developed in Japan over 50 years ago,” Kemble said. “Although, seedless watermelons were not heavily commercialized until the past 15 to 20 years.”

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Alabama Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Certification

… will conduct the visit to determine if the providers are successfully following all 10 steps.

Certification will be good for two years. Multiple websites will host the names of certified providers including the Alabama Cooperative Exten…

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Alabama 4-H: Building a Better Future through Friendship and Leadership

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Confidence, better communication and positive community change are the focus of Alabama 4-H citizenship and leadership programs again this year. 4-H encourages members to learn, lead and make a difference in the …

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Fire Ants Cause Issues for Farmers

…cers can treat pastures once a year in September, preferably with a bait containing an insect growth regulator, and get good control,” Graham said. “If you require two treatments per year, apply in June and September. Insect growth regu…

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Pest Alert: Grape Flea Beetle

However, the damage by adult grape flea beetles is more important. The beetles eat holes into the sides of buds and gouge out the contents as the buds swell. It should be noted that climbing cutworms can cause similar damage. Once larva…

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Determining Price for Your Products

…d in the crop. There are different systems that will work, but what can you do to understand all of the costs that have gone into producing the product? Crop inputs are usually the easiest to track while items like labor, machinery, utiliti…

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Pruning Produces Bigger Tomatoes

…plants in it. Whether you are a producer or a backyard gardener, growing the biggest and best tomatoes is often the end goal. Pruning tomato plants can help people achieve this goal.

Dr. Joe Kemble, an Alabama Extension commercial vegeta…

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