Extension Ag Update
December 2008
Articles Research Resources Internet Links Ag Facts Education

Internet Links

Winter Storm Resource Center
http://extension.illinois.edu/winter
This website includes links to Illinois highway conditions, Amtrak schedules, Chicago Transit Authority routes, various airports, tips for driving in the snow, how to start a dead battery, getting your car ready for winter, and other help information.

Emerging Issues in White-tailed Deer Management and Conservation
http://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/FNR/FNR-416-W.pdf
White-tailed Deer have the ability to change the structure and composition of forests throughout their range. This coupled with their proliferation have led some to term the whitetail an ecological keystone species. However, they are a keystone species in many other ways, including economics, social values and traditions, aesthetics, disease, and more. This is a 32-page conference proceedings from a meeting held in February 2009.

Farm Energy: How Much Energy Is Being Used on Your Farm?
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM2089A.pdf
Offers initial steps that help farmers analyze their farm energy use.

Small-Scale Wind Energy on the Farm
http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/smallscalewindenergy.html
A summary of wind energy options for small farms.

Managing Financial Tough Times for Livestock Producers http://www.extension.iastate.edu/livestock/managingFinancialLivestock.htm
Created by Iowa State University to help livestock producers make tough decisions in tough times.

Renewable Energy Opportunities on the Farm
http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/PDF/energyopp.pdf
A review of different energy resources for farms.

Milking More than Profit: Life Satisfaction on Wisconsin Dairy Farms http://www.cias.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/qol707final.pdf
A look at more than the bottom line on a dairy farm.

Farm Income Data
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/FarmIncome/
This includes a forecast of the farm sector balance sheet for 2009 along with the annual estimates prepared for 2008 and earlier years. The 2008 estimate incorporates estimates of land values released by NASS on August 4, 2009.

Farm Household Economics and Well-being
http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/WellBeing/
The Farm Household Economics and Well-Being briefing room focuses on indicators of the economic well-being of the households of the principal operators of family farms. It includes USDA's latest forecast for 2009. Indicators of well-being include household income and wealth (from both farm and off-farm sources), and indicators of health insurance coverage. The briefing room compares the financial well-being of farm households relative to all U.S. households, identifies the contributions of off-farm employment, non-farm self-employment, transfer payments, and financial market investments in household income, and discusses how taxes influence both income and wealth.

The World Bank: Climate Change
http://beta.worldbank.org/climatechange/
This website provides an overview of the World Bank’s current projects, data sets, research papers, and books in a variety of multimedia formats. Information about innovative carbon trading programs, engineering projects, and international agreements designed to mitigate the effects of climate change.