Forage Yield Data Available
University of Illinois
Crop Variety Testing has posted harvest data from this year's
first hay cutting on their web site.
They plan to continue this after each harvest. This provides
to make variety comparisons during the growing season.
Field Crop Diseases
This new website by Dean
Malvick, Extension Specialist, Crop Science Dept. provides the
most current information about diseases
affecting field crops in Illinois. Currently there is information
for soybeans and alfalfa with information on corn, wheat and
sorghum coming soon.
Illinois Rural Policy Digest
Current articles include: "Environmental and Cost Effectiveness
of Conservation Programs in Illinois" and a discussion
of the Illinois Farmland Property Tax.
West Nile Virus (WNV)
The site contains more than 15 fact sheets about West Nile
Virus and how to protect you and your family. Additionally,
contains many WNV links, including to the Illinois Department
of Public Health, IL EPA, and other states with WNV information.
Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)
Due to concerns raised about Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
(BSE) or "Mad Cow Disease" in the news in recent
months, Illinois TRAILL is providing you this page on where
you may gather
more information. Due to amount of high quality information
already online about BSE we decided to links to sites, which
defined ownership by an institution or government agency. This
list of links is just a sampling of the information available
to you and many contain their own list of links that you may
New Illinois Watershed Management Website
The Illinois Watershed Management Clearinghouse has just unveiled
a new website. Combing the resources of University of Illinois
Extension, Illinois EPA, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
and C-FAR this new website promises to provide a one stop location
for those interested in Illinois watersheds and their management.
New to this website is a watershed locator that gives contact
information on local watershed groups on a county and regional
Plant Genetic Resources: New Rules For International
Exchange, June 2003
Plant genetic resources (germplasm) are critical to meeting
rising public expectations concerning the quantity and the
food. To assure the preservation of diverse germplasm, some
of which is endangered, and to facilitate equitable international
exchange of germplasm, delegates from 116 countries voted to
approve a new United Nations International Treaty on Plant
Resources for Food and Agriculture. The treaty is certain to
have effects on the U.S., which has the largest national germplasm
collection in the world and the largest investment in plant
Crop Residue Removal for Biofuel Production
This literature review addresses the national question of how
much crop residue can be harvested to generate biomass energy
without threatening water quality and soil quality.
Manure Management for Water Quality: Costs to Animal Feeding
Operations of Applying Manure Nutrients to Land
Economic Report No. (AER824), June 2003
Marc Ribaudo, Noel Gollehon, Marcel Aillery, Jonathan Kaplan,
Robert Johansson, Jean Agapoff, Lee Christensen, Vince Breneman,
and Mark Peters
A regional analysis focuses on off-farm competition
for land to spread surplus manure, using the Chesapeake Bay
as a case study. Finally, a sectorwide analysis addresses
long-term structural adjustments at the national level
and ultimate costs to consumers and producers.
Farms and Land in
Farms, Feb. 2003
An annual survey of farm numbers in the US and 50 states, from
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service
Product to Mexico
A Canadian view of this open market for commodity grains.
Of Agriculture Competitiveness: Policy Lessons From Abroad
The competitiveness of a nation's products in international
markets is rooted in the relative abundance (and quality) of
available to that nation. This report highlights recent experience
in South America, the Former Soviet Union, and China also highlight
the importance of policies, institutions, and even cultural
Consumer-Driven Agriculture: Changing U.S. Demographics
Influence Eating Habits,
Understanding your future market in 2020 and how the U.S. population
Amber Waves presents the broad scope of ERS' research and analysis.
This web magazine covers the economics of agriculture, food
and nutrition, the food industry, trade, rural America, and
Pasture Raised Products Study Final Report
This October/November 2002 paper reports on six consumer focus
groups conducted on product messages and strategies for pasture-raised
Hoop Barn Swine Production
This 2002 fact sheet that summarizes work of the Hoop Group,
a research team initiated by the Leopold Center in 1998.
Want More Say in My Food Choices!
This two-page guide is designed to help consumers find information
about local foods. It contains web sites and contact information
for organizations that support local food systems and/or local
food directories. November 2002
How Far Do You Fruit And Vegetables
This is a two-page update of research collected as part of
the Leopold Center's "Food, Fuel and Freeways" report.
Included is a chart of 30 produce items that arrive by truck
at the Chicago Terminal Market from across the continental
United States and Mexico.
Linking Land Quality, Agricultural
Productivity, And Food Security
June 20, 2003
As rising populations and incomes increase pressure on land
and other resources around the world, agricultural productivity
an increasingly important role in improving food supplies
and food security. This report explores the extent to which
quality and land degradation affect agricultural productivity,
how farmers respond to land degradation, and whether land
degradation poses a threat to productivity growth and food
developing regions and around the world.
New Uses Council
New Uses Council (NUC) is a dynamic and expanding, 501(c)(3)
non-profit membership organization dedicated to the
development and commercialization of biobased products. These
are made from traditional and new agricultural and
and residues; rights-of-way, park, yard and garden
trimmings; the clean biomass portion of municipal wastes;
needed, aquatic biomass grown in an environmentally
NUC maintains that biobased products reduce dependence
on fossil energy, particularly imported oil, and thereby
energy, homeland, economic and environmental security.