Extension Ag Update
March/April 2001
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Internet Links

National Ag Day March 20, 2001
Join the Celebration! Find curriculum, advertising information and other activities promoting the importance of agriculture.

Pest Management and Crop Development Newsletter
Don't start the 2001 season without signing up for this newsletter. It gives weekly updates on crop growth and pests found in agronomic crops throughout Illinois

Interactive Agronomy Handbook
Want to speed up calculations for seeding rates, nitrogen use, and many other agronomic decisions? This site will lead you to numerous graphs and calculators for information in the 2001 Agronomy Handbook.

Getting the Most from Your 2001 Nitrogen Resources
Don't use more nitrogen fertilizer than you have to. This bulletin outlines ways producers can minimize costs without jeopardizing yield.

Pork Food Safety
This site is for anyone interested in on-farm strategies to enhance the safety of pork as it is delivered to slaughter. The site is intended to provide the tools producers need to reduce Salmonella on the farm. It will offer timely, science-based information for the pre-harvest control of Salmonella in swine production, and give the best knowledge and advice available regarding issues for which research has not yet provided a definitive answer.

Building Better Rural Places
Do you sometimes wonder what funds or technical assistance are available from all those USDA agencies and other federal programs? How can you find a phone number or a web page to simplify your search? This 2001 resource guide to federal programs offers assistance in agriculture, forestry, conservation and rural community development. For a hard copy contact: Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas, P.O. Box 36567, Fayetteville, AR 72702, 800-346-9148

National Organic Standards
Find information on the history of the new rules, and the National Organic Programs comprehensive national standards for organic foods.

21st Century Production Agriculture Final Commission Report
Directions for Farm Policy: The Role of Government in Support of Production Agriculture. This report was prepared by the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
Check out this site for current information on BSE and related diseases, including fact sheets from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

This site has information on the impact of this disease on trade from the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service.

AMS Agricultural Contracting Guide
This new guide is designed to help you understand contracts - and identify the questions you should consider as you decide whether contracting is right for you. At the end of the guide is a list of other information sources about contracting, which may help you decide whether contracting makes sense for you and your business.

Anhydrous Use at Seeding
This factsheet by the Alberta Food and Rural Development outlines ways to minimize crop damage when putting on anhydrous.