business http://apr.org en Ex-First Lady Aims To Make Alabama A Bamboo Power http://apr.org/post/ex-first-lady-aims-make-alabama-bamboo-power Several investors including former Alabama first lady Marsha Folsom say they plan to build a bamboo processing plant in Alabama and turn the state into "the Silicon Valley of bamboo." Folsom has joined the founders of bamboo flooring company Teragren and two other partners to launch Resource Fiber LLC. Officials say Folsom will head plans to build an Alabama processing plant that will employ about 100 and open next year. Folsom said bamboo is a $25 billion industry centered in China, and Alabama is uniquely situated to capture a piece of the market. She said "we plan on being the Wed, 01 Aug 2012 21:17:51 +0000 Associated Press 15497 at http://apr.org Ex-First Lady Aims To Make Alabama A Bamboo Power Marketplace Numbers & Headlines http://apr.org/post/marketplace-numbers-headlines <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" scrolling="NO" src=" http://www.publicradio.org/widgets/the_numbers/600/index.php" width="600"></iframe></p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:01:26 +0000 American Public Media 777 at http://apr.org Catfish Farming Fades http://apr.org/post/catfish-farming-fades <p>Tuscaloosa, AL – Alabama catfish farmers have endured devastating setbacks during the last few of years. Bad weather, the slow economy and cheaper imports have taken their toll. But it's not just the industry itself that's threatened. A tradition that's carried on for generations in the Black Belt region is now in a vulnerable position. Alabama Public Radio's Mandie Trimble reports.</p> Thu, 13 Nov 2003 15:49:00 +0000 2182 at http://apr.org