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Commercial Horticulture: Programs, People & Educational Resources

The Commercial Horticulture Program provides research-based information to nurseries, landscape companies, and fruit and vegetable growers with conventional or organic production systems. This is done through regional meetings, ad…

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Enterprise Budgets for Livestock

Livestock budgets enterprise budgets are updated by Extension personnel to reflect recommended management practices for production in Alabama.  Projected costs are gathered from multiple industry sources and higher than average management …

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What Provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Businesses

This video is part two of a four part series on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This video explains what provisions of the new tax law affect businesses.

Part 1: How Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Individuals

Part 3: The Qualifi…

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How Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Individuals

This video is part one of a four part series on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This video explains how the new tax law affects individuals.

Part 2: What Provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Businesses

Part 3: The Qualified B…

1 min read

How Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Choice of Business Entity

This video is part four of a four part series on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This video explains how the new tax law might affect your choice of business entity.

Part 1: How Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affect Individuals

Part 2:…

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Pesticide Manuals Available for Purchase

To help you find a manual, we have created this one-stop page that links you to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System store and each manual we sell.

PLEASE NOTE: You must review each individual category you are applying for in our com…

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Writing Off the Cost of Machinery and Equipment

The Internal Revenue Service generally requires that purchasers of machinery and equipment recover or write-off the cost of purchase over the expected life of the item. Several years ago,  Congress introduced additional first-year expensin…

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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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