Pesticides And Risk Communication
This fact sheet offers useful ideas for more effective interaction
and dialog with the public.
Livestock Bioterrorism and Agroterrorism Fact Sheets
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
Existing Buildings: Remodel or Abandon?
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
The Federal Register, Nov. 29, 2004 outlines the final rules
for Technical Service Providers.
Resistant Pest Management Newsletter
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
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
On-the-Go Vehicle-Based Soil Sensors, Univ. of Nebraska Cooperative
Yield Monitors - Basic Steps to Ensure System Accuracy and
Performance, Potash and Phosphate Institute
Yield Monitors and Maps: Making Decisions, The Ohio State University
Agricultural Exchange Rate Data Set
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
Market Integration in the North American Hog Industries
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
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
Building Better Rural Places
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
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.