Extension Ag Update
September/October 2004
Articles Research Resources Internet Links Ag Facts Education

Internet Links

Pesticides And Risk Communication

http://www.btny.purdue.edu/Pubs/PPP/PPP-52.pdf

This fact sheet offers useful ideas for more effective interaction and dialog with the public.

Livestock Bioterrorism and Agroterrorism Fact Sheets

http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/DiseaseInfo/default.htm

Fact sheets on more than 50 animal diseases are available. Fact sheets include environment, symptoms, tests and recommended actions should a disease be suspected. These fact sheets were developed by the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University

Existing Buildings: Remodel or Abandon?

http://ianrpubs.unl.edu/farmbuildings/g825.htm

Reaching a sound decision about the possible use of existing buildings requires careful consideration of many individual factors. This NebGuide identifies and briefly discusses 10 important factors.

Technical Service Provider Assistance Final Rule

http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/06jun20041800/ edocket.access.gpo.gov/2004/pdf/04-25990.pdf

The Federal Register, Nov. 29, 2004 outlines the final rules for Technical Service Providers.

Resistant Pest Management Newsletter

http://whalonlab.msu.edu/rpmnews/.

This biannual newsletter is now available both in an online version. The RPM newsletter exists to "provide an accurate, informative, and useful resource" that informs a worldwide community of advances and shifts in the field of pest resistance management

The Database of Arthropods Resistant to Pesticides

http://www.pesticideresistance.org/DB/

The resistant pest managementteam at the Center for Integrated Plant Systems, Michigan State Univ. (USA), has developed This massive body of information (over 3,000 records) is a web-based compilation of resistance cases (covering insects, spiders, and mites) dating from 1914 to the present. Entries note when the resistance was first discovered for a specific time and place. The basis for the database is an out-of-print document by Georghiou and Lagunes-Tejada, now massively supplemented by recent data from literature reviews.

Untangling the GPS Data String, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension

http://ianrpubs.unl.edu/fieldcrops/ec157.pdf

On-the-Go Vehicle-Based Soil Sensors, Univ. of Nebraska Cooperative Extension

http://ianrpubs.unl.edu/fieldcrops/ec178.pdf

Yield Monitors - Basic Steps to Ensure System Accuracy and Performance, Potash and Phosphate Institute

http://www.ppi-ppic.org/ppiweb/ ppibase.nsf/b369c6dbe705dd13852568e3000de93d/ a8bb658b4e42f3d2852569c4006c0399/$FILE/SSMG-31.pdf

Yield Monitors and Maps: Making Decisions, The Ohio State University

http://ohioline.osu.edu/aex-fact/0550.html

Agricultural Exchange Rate Data Set

http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/exchangerates

Contains annual and monthly data for exchange rates important to U.S. agriculture. Includes both nominal and real exchange rates for 80 countries (plus the European Union), as well as real trade-weighted exchange rate indexes for many commodities and aggregations.

Market Integration in the North American Hog Industries

http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/ldp/NOV04/ldpm12501/

About 8 percent of the hogs slaughtered in the United States in 2004 will originate in Canada–many more than 10 years ago. Canadian hogs have flowed into the United States in response to significant structural changes in the U.S. pork industry, concurrent with policy changes in Canada. This combined with a strong U.S./Canadian dollar exchange rate, created incentives to expand hog operations in Ontario and to start production in Manitoba. In 15 years, an open border and pronounced breeding herd efficiencies helped to increase Canadian hog exports to the United States by more than eight-fold.

Pork Quality and the Role of Market Organization

http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/aer835/

This study addresses changes in the organization of the U.S. pork industry, most notably marketing contracts between packers and producers, by exploring their function in addressing pork quality concerns. A number of developments brought quality concerns to the forefront. These include health concerns and corresponding preferences for lean pork, growing incidence of undesirable quality attributes (e.g., pale, soft, and exudative (PSE) meat, a result of breeding for leanness), heightened concerns over food safety and related regulatory programs, and expansion into global markets. Organizational arrangements can facilitate industry efforts to address pork quality needs by reducing measuring costs, controlling quality attributes that are difficult to measure, facilitating adaptations to changing quality standards, and reducing transaction costs associated with relationship-specific investments in branding programs.

Building Better Rural Places

http://www.attra.ncat.org/guide/resource.pdf

This extensive directory of federal programs for sustainable agriculture, forestry, conservation and community development was compiled in 2004 by U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies working together for sustainable rural development, in collaboration with The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

Farmland Retirement's Impact On Rural Growth

http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/november04/Features/farmlandretirement.htm

The Feature "Farmland Retirement's Impact on Rural Growth" addresses an unintended consequences of high levels of enrollment in the CRP, that of farmland retirement's impact of rural growth. To examine this issue, this article examines the local socioeconomic changes that accompanied CRP enrollment in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and discusses ERS analysis of the potential employment and output changes if all land currently enrolled in the program could be put to other uses, given the current distribution of land, prevailing commodity market conditions, and public policies.