Publications Plus –University
of Illinois Agricultural and Horticultural Publications
Call 1-800-345-6087 or order on the web www.PublicationsPlus.uiuc.edu.
a one-stop shop for a current catalog of research-based information
(Mastercard and VISA accepted)
Pastures for Horses CD
A new CD-ROM, Pastures for Horses: A Guide to Rotational
C1387-CD is now available to help you understand the best way
to manage your pasture for your horses. This information-packed
CD-ROM, features unbelievably easy navigation tools that will
guide you through every phase of pasture development and management.
Learn how rotational grazing can:
- save you money and time by dramatically increasing
forage amounts and improving forage quality—even in
small areas .
- reduce negative environmental impact for animals and humans
by reducing erosion and runoff.
- raise healthier horses in a natural setting that encourages
exercise and lowers the risk of health problems.
- Excel worksheets that calculate pasture acreage, convert
metric measurements to English, and more Illinois-specific
for successful, cost-effective pasture establishment and
- A weed management section that includes a weed
ID key with a
handy guide to poisonous plants and a discussion of chemical-free
This CD is a joint project of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan
and Minnesota Extension. To order, call 1-800-345-6087. Pastures
for Horses, C1387-CD sells for $58.00, plus shipping.
Climate change and its effect on water quality and soil resources
The Soil and Water Conservation Society has reviewed the literature
and with an expert panel produced a report that connects climate
change as a possible cause for set backs in progress, effecting
water quality and preservation of soil resources. The report
also gives suggestions of what needs to happen to circumvent
these set backs. Suggestions include a new way for conservation
planning and highlights areas where more information is needed.
The Field Crop Scouting Manual
Look here for economic thresholds, scouting hints and identification
information on the major corn, soybean and small grain pest in
Illinois. (214 pages for $40 with the CD-ROM or only the CD-ROM
is $10). To order call the ITCS Publications office at (800)
Forage Legumes-Clovers, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Cicer Milkvetch,
Crownvetch, and Alfalfa, Station Bulletin 608-2003
This publication covers origination, use, management, comparable
yields, adaptation, identifying characteristics, etc. (p.47)
Univ. of Minnesota Publications at (800) 876-8636 or at http://www.extension.umn.edu/catalog/item.html?item=5963
Biobased Products and Bioenergy Coordination Council (BBCC)
This new Council is to provide a forum through which USDA
agencies will coordinate, facilitate and promote research, development,
transfer of technology, commercialization, and marketing of biobased
products and Bioenergy using renewable domestic agricultural
and forestry materials. This includes a broad range of nonfood
and nonfeed products, such as chemicals, fibers, construction
materials, lubricants, and fuels. Development and commercialization
of such biobased and Bioenergy products provide new and expanded
markets for agricultural feedstocks, accelerate market penetration,
reduce U.S. dependence on petroleum and other imports of critical
materials, and diversify agriculture while fostering rural and
Biobased Fuels, Power, and Products State Profiles for 2002
Fact sheets for each state include estimated installed power
capacity, biofuels production capacity, incentives to increase
the use of biomass and federally funded research. Biomass resource
data are also available.
Exploring Sustainability in Agriculture
publication provides a snapshot of different producers who
apply sustainable principles on their farms and ranches.
farmers and ranchers from Montana to New Jersey describe how
their farming systems evolved to meet their financial, ecological,
and quality of life goals. The articles illustrate practices
used on sustainable farms and a list of hints to help consumers
make ecologically friendly choices when they buy food.
U.S. Organic Farming in 2000-2001: Adoption of Certified
U.S. farmland managed under organic systems expanded rapidly
throughout the 1990s, and that pace has continued as farmers
strive to meet consumer demand in both local and national markets.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) implemented national
organic standards on organic production and processing in October
2002, following more than a decade of development. The new uniform
standards are expected to facilitate further growth in the organic
farm sector. This report updates USDA estimates of land farmed
with organic practices for 2000 and 2001, and provides new estimates
on the number of certified organic operations in each State.
“Terrorism, Radicalism, and Populism in Agriculture”
Luther Tweeten, Ohio State University, Prof. Emeritus of
Agricultural Trade and Policy
This book discusses the strengths and vulnerabilities of our
agricultural systems to a terrorist attack. (p.176) To order
contact Iowa State University Press at 800-862-6657 or
Value-Added Development Grant Program
The 2002 Farm Bill authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture
to award $240,000,000 over the next six years ($40,000,000 per
year) to producers or producer groups that engage in value-added
ag operations. The Value-Added Development Grant (VADG) program
offers two types of grants:
PLANNING: Grants will be awarded to proposals requesting
funds for organizational activities – feasibility studies,
business plans, marketing plans, legal expenses, and other
with beginning a VADG business.
WORKING CAPITAL: To be eligible for a working capital grant,
a feasibility study and a business plan MUST be completed prior
to requesting funds. USDA will want a copy of both before a working
capital award is given. Working Capital funds cannot be used
for “brick and mortar” or for equipment.
The maximum dollar amount for one of these VADG awards is
$500,000. A dollar-for-dollar match is required. Match funds
be in cash or in-kind – the more cash, the better. None
of the match can come from other federal dollars.
Producers must fall into one of these categories to be eligible
- Individual Producer or a producer group (groups
must be 100 percent producer owned)
- Farmer/Rancher Cooperatives
- Agriculture Producer Groups (Trade Association or commodity
group as examples)
- Majority-Controlled Producer Based Business Ventures
(producers must own 51 percent or more of this type of business)
The VADG program will fund only those proposals that include
development of an EMERGING MARKET. The program will not fund
proposals that concentrate on expanding an existing market. It
is critical that anyone submitting a proposal clearly identify
an emerging market!
Value-Added Eligibility is another critical element in developing
a proposal. According to USDA, four distinct activities are considered
to be value-added – and all activities must fall within
one or more of these four activities (we quote USDA):
- A change in the physical state or form of the product
(such as milling wheat into flour).
The production of a product in a manner that enhances
its value, as demonstrated through a business plan (such
as organically produced products).
- The physical segregation of an agricultural commodity
or product in a manner that results in the enhancement of
the value of that
commodity or product (such as an identity preserved marketing
- The term value-added also includes using any agricultural
product or commodity to produce renewable energy on a farm
or ranch (example
is collecting and converting methane from animal waste to energy).
Deb Yocum of USDA Rural Development in Beatrice, Nebraska
provided the Center with copies of a handout with more details
VADG program. Contact the Center if you would like a copy of
Contact: Mike Heavrin, firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.846.5428, ext.
15 for more information or help in applying for the VADG