Extension Ag Update
March/April 2003
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Resources

Publications Plus –University of Illinois Agricultural and Horticultural Publications

Call 1-800-345-6087 or order on the web www.PublicationsPlus.uiuc.edu

It’s a one-stop shop for a current catalog of research-based information (Mastercard and VISA accepted)

WEEDSOFT Software

http://weedsoft.unl.edu

WeedSOFT® is a decision support system (DSS) designed to assist growers, consultants, and extension agents in making both proactive and reactive weed management decisions. This comprehensive, and ecologically sound, tool will help farmers in every step of their weed management decision. WeedSOFT® provides you with the treatment information you need according to your specific field conditions while factoring in economic and environmental principles. Whether you are considering early season soil applied treatments, control of mid-season infestations, or comparing treatments requiring additional costs for herbicide resistant crops, WeedSOFT® provides a powerful tool for your weed management decisions. To order, call (402) 472-1544 or email us at WeedSOFT® 2003.

Strip-Till: The Best of Both Worlds

This publication includes data on yields and economics of this adaptable tillage system. Contact your local Extension office for a copy of this new University of Illinois Extension publication.

Strip-Till Tipsheet

Gives helpful hints to adjust this system to your farm conditions. Contact your local Extension office for a copy of this new University of Illinois Extension publication.

The Farm Corporation, NCR-11

http://www.mwpshq.org/ncr11.html

Written by Neil Harl of Iowa State University and Roger McEowen of Kansas State University, is a basic review of all issues related to organizing a farm business as a corporation. The publication discusses the nature of a corporation and considers some of the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating a family farm. It also discusses the taxation of corporations and tax-option corporations, describes the process of incorporation, and explains how farm corporations operate. Particularly useful elements in the publication include one table that compares farm business organizations and another that presents the statutory provisions applicable to farm corporations in the 13 states of the North Central Region of the U. S.

This publication is available through MWPS. To order, call 800-562-3618; e-mail mwps@iastate.edu, or visit the catalog section of the MWPS website at http://www.mwpshq.org/

Getting Established in Farming

http://www.mwpshq.org/ncr610E.html

This book focuses on the process of deciding whether or not to farm and how best to get started and established in farming if that is the choice. With its emphasis on the decision-making process, this publication should prove useful to educators, lenders, consultants, and others, as well as to those considering farming as a career.

To order, call 800-562-3618; e-mail mwps@iastate.edu, or visit the catalog section of the MWPS website http://www.mwpshq.org/.

Natural Rendering: Composting Livestock Mortality and Butcher Waste (NRAES-163)

http://www.nraes.org/publications/nraes163.html

Release in June 2002, this video describes mortality and butcher residual composting -- an effective, economical, and environmentally sound alternative to disposal. Operations at seven different farms and institutes are described in this video, which will be useful to dairy and livestock farmers, butchers, producer advisors, extension educators, and others. The video was produced by the Cornell Waste Management Institute.

To order, contact: NRAES, Cooperative Extension, 152 Riley-Robb Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853-5701; call (607) 255-7654; fax (607) 254-8770; e-mail nraes@cornell.edu.

Investing for Your Future: A Cooperative Extension System Basic Investing Home Study Course (NRAES-156), February 2002

http://www.nraes.org/publications/nraes156.html

This publication was developed for those who are new to investing. Eleven units help readers understand how and why to invest, break down the many different types of investing, and review additional helpful topics. Each unit concludes with "action steps" -- specific steps that readers can take to apply the course material to their lives. Examples, worksheets, and a glossary are included.

To order, contact: NRAES, Cooperative Extension, 152 Riley-Robb Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853-5701; call (607) 255-7654; fax (607) 254-8770; e-mail nraes@cornell.edu.

Textured Vegetable Protein in the American Kitchen

Textured soy protein is generally made from whole or defatted soybeans that have been texturized and then ground into granules or chunks of varying sizes. Consumers can buy this product under a variety of names--textured soy protein, textured vegetable protein, textured soy flour, TSP? (a registered trademark of PMS Foods LP), and TVP? (a registered trademark of Archer Daniels Midland Company). For simplicity, the term "TVP" was used in the cookbook. This cookbook presents the many ways that textured soy protein can be used as a healthy and delicious ingredient in the average American kitchen

To order: call 1-800-345-6087.

Additional information, sample recipes, and an on-line order form for the cookbook and the other title in the series, Tofu in the American Kitchen, are also available on the Internet at www.soyfoodsillinois.uiuc.edu