By Laura Cauthen / Nov 20, 2017 2:23:32 PM

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold a series of Alabama Agriculture Outlook meetings across the state in December and January. The Farm and Agribusiness Management team will update farmers, producers and agribusiness owners on the current agricultural situation in the state, as well as expectations for 2018.

The meetings will look at key elements of the state’s agriculture and will provide information and guidance on business management and tax implications. Topics include the following:

Row Crops Overview
Livestock Outlook
Economic Overview
Farm Insurance
Farm Finances and Taxes
Alabama Extension economist and team leader Max Runge said multiple meetings will be held to make attendance convenient for producers across the state.

“The farm outlook meetings are a great opportunity for producers to interact with others that are involved in agriculture,” Runge said. “The presentation will provide information that can be used in producers’ overall risk management strategy for the 2018 year and beyond. Winter is generally a slower time on the farm, so we are hopeful these meetings will allow producers to break away from the farm and gather new information they can take back and implement.”

Meeting dates:

Dec. 7 Black Belt Research and Extension Center, Marion Junction

Jan. 10 Lauderdale County Extension Office, Florence

Jan. 11 Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center, Belle Mina

Jan. 18 Talladega County Extension Office, Talladega

Jan. 19 Sand Mountain Research and Extension Center, Crossville

Jan. 24 Wiregrass Research and Extension Center, Headland

Jan. 25 E.V. Smith Research Center, Shorter

Jan. 31 Alabama Power Conference Center, Clanton

Feb. 1 Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center, Fairhope

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at each location, and a light breakfast will be available. Runge said attendees can expect the meetings to last about two and a half hours.

The meetings are free. For additional information or to RSVP, email