Production agriculture is no longer a dominant feature of Alabama's rural life. Forestry and natural resource issues have emerged as significant concerns expressed by County Advisory Boards designed to help shape county-level Extension programming in Alabama. Our findings indicate that county-level Extension programming continues to put greater emphasis on traditional agricultural programs than on forestry and natural resources even though County Advisory Boards considered the latter issues to have greater priority. We examine the potential causes for the continued dominance of traditional programs in Alabama and conclude that initiatives to change program priorities are unlikely to begin at the county level.
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Robinson, L., Dubois, M., & Bailey, C. (2005). County-Level Extension Programming: Continuity and Change in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The Journal of Extension, 43(1), Article 13. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol43/iss1/13