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Income Tax Workshops for Farmers

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Alabama Extension Professionals Host Income Tax Workshops for Farmers

 AUBURN, Ala.— Income tax planning can affect your profitability and financial security. To help farmers understand the impact of income tax planning, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering a series of workshops at locations around the state.

Dr. Robert Tufts, an Alabama Extension attorney, will lead the workshops designed to help farmers and accountants who work with agribusiness determine the right course of action when making tax decisions.

Each workshop will feature a discussion of Schedule F—Profit or Loss from Farming focusing on how to report farming income from livestock, rent, crop shares, commodity credit corporation loans, Conservation Reserve Program, crop insurance and crop disaster payments, income from cooperatives and cancellation of debt as well as how to report expenses and prepaid expenses.

Workshops will also cover income averaging for farmers and fishermen, the effects of claiming accelerated depreciation under Section 179 and Section 178(k) on a farmer’s cash flow, the cost of retiring and how income affects social security benefits.

There is a $15 registration fee.  Accountants may pay an extra $65 for 2.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Dates and times for the workshops are listed below.

Monday, Oct. 3:         6:00 to 8:30 p.m., ALFA building, Robertsdale

Tuesday, Oct. 4:         6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Wiregrass Research Center, Headland

Thursday, Oct. 6:       6:00 to 8:30 p.m., A.W. Todd Center, Russellville (meal provided)

Monday, Oct. 10:       6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Black Belt Research Center, Marion Junction

Tuesday, Oct. 11:       6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Shelby County Extension office, Columbiana

Tuesday, Nov. 1:        6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Farmers Federation Building, Gadsden

Thursday, Nov. 3:      6:00 to 8:30 p.m., E.V. Smith Research Center, Shorter

Monday, Nov. 7:        6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Morgan County Extension office, Hartselle

For additional information and to register, visit www.aces.edu/farmtax, mail a check made out to Auburn University to 301 O. D. Smith Hall, Auburn University 36849-5608, or call (334) 844-5100 to register by phone.

Leadership Choctaw Tours Georgia Pacific’s Naheola Mill

The Leadership Choctaw Class of 2016 ended this year’s program with a tour of Georgia Pacific’s Naheola mill.  The class learned the valuable economic impact the 800+ employee mill has on Choctaw County.  They were also afforded the opportunity to tour the spectacular facility.  The participants agreed that it was very interesting to see common household products in the process of being made.  The group was fortunate to be able to attend this important session and have all learned a valuable economic lesson in doing so. Leadership Choctaw at GP

Agri-Tourism in Alabama

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Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.

U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.

Find your Agri-Tourism destination today!

Leadership Choctaw

Choctaw County is currently hosting its tenth class of Leadership Choctaw with 23 participants in the current class.

The mission of Leadership Choctaw is to recruit, to prepare, and to nurture existing and potential leadership through an exchange of viewpoints, information and resources to positively influence community development in Choctaw County.

The program consists of 8 educational sessions including: Orientation-Team Building, Education, History and Cultural Arts, Leadership Development, Social Services and Healthcare, State Government, Business and Industry, and Graduation.