Extension Ag Update
November/December 2003
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Resources

EPA’s Online Ag Center
http://epa.gov/agriculture.
The online National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center is intended as the "first stop" for information about environmental requirements that affect the agricultural community. The Ag Center was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Ag Center is currently soliciting input through a brief survey on how well its services are meeting the needs of the agriculture community. The survey can be accessed from the Ag Center web site at http://epa.gov/agriculture. Although it can be completed anonymously and should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete the survey, participants who opt to submit contact information will have their names entered into a drawing to win a hand held computer.

 

Rural Route 2 Is Available at 1-800-468-1834
http://www.extension.uiuc.edu/ruralroute/

The Rural Route 2 service is designed to help farm families get through tough times. This confidential service provides referrals for farm business and family financial advice; helps manage economic as well as personal situations; helps locate local support; and identifies assistance through the Illinois Farm Development Authority.

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)

 

Creating Habitats and Homes for Illinois Wildlife
With more than 200 color photographs, this book depicts Illinois wildlife while providing scientific information about the status of wildlife habitat in Illinois. To order the book contact the Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702, or call in Illinois 1-800-720-3249, outside Illinois 217-782-1687.

 

Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses
http://www.sare.org/publications/.
A step-by-step guide to developing a business plan for farms. Sample worksheets illustrate how real farm families set goals, determined potential markets and evaluated financing options and help the reader develop a detailed business plan. To order, contact Sustainable Agriculture Publications, 210 Hills Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405-0082 or call 802-656-0484.

 

Nutraceuticals for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, IP 24
http://www.cast-science.org
This report identifies existing and emerging issues in the development and use of nutraceuticals. It addresses consumer questions, key regulations, and safety issues, and has recommendations on research and policy needs, October 2003, 16 pp. To order, contact CAST, 4420 West Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014-3447 or call 1-800-375-CAST or 515-292-4512.

 

Beef Quality and Yield Grade Video VAS-1460
Today's consumers are demanding meat products that are economical and good tasting. To meet those requirements, the livestock and meat industry must produce animals that are leaner yet still as palatable as animals of twenty years ago. This program looks at how the factors of meat quality and yield grade figure into the process of meeting today's consumer standards. The program reviews various management and feeding techniques that can help produce the kind of animal that fits the new criteria. To order: write the Instructional Video Library, Agricultural Communications Services, 229 Stadium View Road, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0229 Fax 859-323-1051; e-mail meclov@uky.edu or call 859-257-7233

 

Heifer Replacement Video, VAS-1474
Heifer Replacement is a key ingredient in a productive and profitable cow-calf operation. This video reviews key factors such as age, weight and genetic make-up and the management steps needed to get the right heifers in the best possible condition for their first breeding season. Some of the management tools covered include choosing the right heifers, pelvic measurements and reproductive track scores, vaccinations, estrus synchronization, determining the breeding season, bull selection, A. I. vs. natural service and other essential details. To order: write the Instructional Video Library, Agricultural Communications Services, 229 Stadium View Road, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0229 Fax 859-323-1051; e-mail meclov@uky.edu or call 859-257-7233.

 

Round Bale Silage Video, VAG-1457
Baled silage can preserve the quality of stored forages by eliminating most weather-related losses associated with hay production. This video illustrates silage management practices recommended by the University of Kentucky to maximize success in achieving high quality baled silage. To order: write the Instructional Video Library, Agricultural Communications Services, 229 Stadium View Road, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0229 Fax 859-323-1051; e-mail meclov@uky.edu or call 859-257-7233.


Shiitake Mushrooms on Natural Logs (Growing & Marketing) Video VFR-1488

There is an increasing interest in shiitake mushrooms production throughout the United States. This program includes a comprehensive look at the various tools and management techniques needed to successfully grow shiitake mushroom on natural logs. To order: write the Instructional Video Library, Agricultural Communications Services, 229 Stadium View Road, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0229 Fax 859-323-1051; e-mail meclov@uky.edu or call 859-257-7233