Internet Links Western
Bean Cutworm, University of Illinois Fact Sheet http://www.ipm.uiuc.edu/fieldcrops/insects/western_bean_cutworm.pdf
Beetle, University of Illinois Fact Sheet
Corn Rootworm Variant, University of Illinois Fact Sheet
Corn Borer, University of Illinois Fact Sheet
Aphid, University of Illinois Resources
Leaf Hopper, University of Illinois Resources
Volume Grain Mills
Are you producing small grains and looking for alternative markets.
One option is to mill your own grain. Check out this article for
information on the different mills available.
Powered Livestock Watering Systems
Learn how to select, configure and install solar powered livestock
Your Way: A Guide to Management Alternatives for the Upper Midwest,
Univ. of Minnesota and the Minnesota Dept of Ag
Dairy Your Way describes the variety of management alternatives
available to today’s dairy producers, including tie stall
setups, free stall barns and transitional housing options. The
book also discusses confinement, grazing and organic management
systems as well as custom heifer-raising and value-added production.
There is also a chapter dedicated to milking center design and
retrofitting options. For farmers at the beginning or the end
of their careers, one chapter is devoted to entry and exit strategies.
Print copies of Dairy Your Way are available free of charge
from CIAS by calling 608-262-5200 or download it from the website.
The publication was produced using funds from the North Central
Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
It is published by the MDA with significant participation from
the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University
of Minnesota, the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota,
the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University
of Wisconsin, and the Michigan Agricultural Stewardship Association.
There are two other titles in the “Your Way” series.
Poultry Your Way is available on the CIAS web site. Hogs Your
Way is available for purchase from the University of Minnesota
Extension Distribution Center at (800) 876-8636 or www.extension.umn.edu
Water Use on Your Farm or Ranch
This report spotlights innovative, SARE-funded research into a
range of conservation options including soil management, such
as using compost, conservation tillage and cover crops; plant
management, featuring crop rotation, water-conserving plants and
rangeland drought mitigation; and water management strategies
such as low-volume irrigation and water recycling. For a free
copy go to the website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 301-504-5411.
Retirement and Working-Land Conservation Structures: A Look at
All sizes and types of farms have adopted conservation practices
and installed conservation structures. Programs that support a
wide range of alternative conservation practices are more likely
to match the wide range of interests of farmers. Recent ERS research
suggests that farms and farm households that install working-land
conservation structures—such as contour strips or grass
waterways—often differ from those that retire farmland.
Uses of Land in the United States, 2002
This publication presents the results of the latest (2002) inventory
of U.S. major land uses, drawing on data from the Census, public
land management and conservation agencies, and other sources.
The data are synthesized by state to calculate the use of several
broad classes and subclasses of agricultural and nonagricultural
land over time. National and regional trends in land use are discussed
in comparison with earlier major land-use estimates.
U.S. Farm Exits
The rate that U.S. farms go out of business or exit farming is
about 9 or 10 percent per year and is comparable to exit rates
for nonfarm small businesses in the United States. U.S. farms
have not disappeared, because the rate of entry into farming is
nearly as high as the exit rate. The relatively stable farm count
since the 1970s reflects exits and entries essentially in balance.
The probability of exit is higher for recent entrants than for
older, more established farms. Farms operated by African-Americans
are more likely to exit than those operated by Caucasians, but
the gap between African-American and Caucasian exit probabilities
has declined substantially since the 1980s. Exit probabilities
differ by specialization, with beef farms less likely to exit
than cash grain or hog farms.
Approaches to a Safety Net
In recent U.S. farm policy debates, several “whole-farm
revenue” programs have been proposed as a new form of safety
net that would be available to all U.S. farms. A whole-farm program
is based on revenues from all farming activities added together
and is not linked to the production of particular commodities.
This report looks at the risk management potential for such programs
and the obstacles to implementing such a whole-farm revenue approach
to a farm safety net.