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Welcome to your Daily Briefing for Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Alabama Extension is working across the state to answer your questions and help you build opportunities. Here are a few things we are working on today.

Statement on Equality and Inclusion—by Gary Lemme and Allen Malone

In recent days, our country has witnessed an outcry for justice, equality, stability, and reform. While there have been many others, the death of George Floyd, combined with the pandemic, has caused us to pause and reflect on our realities, values, and what is important.

Understanding GMOs

All foods go through some form of genetic modification. As a result, all foods are considered genetically modified organisms (GMOs). There are many methods to genetically modify foods. Some of the simpler methods include saving seeds from the best-tasting tomatoes and selective breeding to create hybrids. More advanced options include gene editing and bioengineered methods that alter the actual genes of a plant to make crops pest or disease resistant. These bioengineered (BE) methods utilize recombinant DNA technology (rDNA) to develop new plants with unique traits.

Improving Your Credit

When someone is looking at his or her credit history and credit score, it is important to know the five Cs of credit: character, capital, collateral, conditions, and capacity. The five Cs are the factors used to assess a person’s likelihood of repaying a loan, also known as creditworthiness. Understanding what determines a person’s creditworthiness is the first step in improving and maintaining credit.

Electronic Job Search

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has affected people and challenged them to do things differently. In the past ten years, new technology and innovative trends have also worked to change the way people do business. In times like pandemics, government shutdowns, and job loss, there are benefits to job searching electronically.

Helping Young People Live Drug Free

Many young people today are confronted with drugs at their schools, in their neighborhoods, or at home. Drug use among youth is often based on many societal pressures. Alabama Extension and other organizations are working to promote and encourage today’s youth to live drug free.

The Market at Heritage Park

After a delayed start because of COVID-19, The Market at Ag Heritage Park will reopen from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 4. The Market is an open-air, growers-only farmers market that operates each Thursday through the first week of August at Ag Heritage Park on the Auburn University campus next to Ag Heritage Park’s Edward L. Lowder Red Barn, 580-B South Donahue Drive. The entrance is on South Donahue near the intersection of South Donahue and West Samford Avenue.

For information and activities across all Extension programs, check out our social media directory.

Stay well. Stay safe. We’ll get through it!

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