Extension Ag Update
May/June 2001
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Internet Links

Soybean aphid: Current research and information on the http://www.nsrl.uiuc.edu/news/html/973531983.html

Child Labor Law

This article focuses on child labor laws applicable to farmers and provides general answers to the following questions:
(1) What, if any, age restrictions affect the employment of my own child in agriculture?
(2) What are the age restrictions for employing children other than my own, and does it depend on whether the activities are hazardous?
(3) What are the penalties for violations of child labor laws?
The discussion is intended to provide general answers for educational purposes. For more comprehensive information, visit the actual statutes and regulations (links to unofficial versions of relevant statutes and regulations are provided). You may find it helpful to discuss your special circumstances with your legal counselor.

Minimum Wage & Employment Taxes

What responsibilities do farmers have to pay minimum wage, overtime, and various employment taxes? This article provides general answers to the following questions:
(1) What is the current federal minimum wage; is a farmer-employer required to pay minimum wage to agricultural workers; and does the Illinois minimum wage law add any additional requirements?
(2) Is a farmer-employer required by federal or Illinois law to pay overtime wages to agricultural employees?
(3) When are farmer-employers generally required to pay the employer's tax for unemployment compensation?
(4) When are farmer-employers required to pay social security taxes on employee wages and what procedures must be followed?

Pesticides and Bees: a summary of information for Midwestern growers and agricultural professionals


Are you spraying pesticides around bees? This publication provides information on what and how to spray to minimize damage to bee populations.

Incentives for Wildlife Enhancement on Midwestern Farms


This booklet is a resource for Midwestern farmers, ranchers, and other rural landowners with an interest in promoting wildlife on their land. It provides ideas, strategies, and examples of incentives that support the enhancement of wildlife–the traditional fish and game species as well as all native species on farmland, including plants, aquatic organisms, and invertebrates.

The Biobased Economy of the Twenty-First Century: Agriculture Expanding into Health, Energy, Chemicals, and Materials, NABC Report 12

http://www.cals.cornell.edu/extension/nabc/ , click on "Publications" and then "Reports."
A review of potential market in agriculture.

Great Places to Find Information about Farming Alternatives


List of numerous sites discussing value added and alternative crops.

National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center


Information about environmental requirements affecting the agricultural community, how to reduce pollution and use the latest pollution prevention technologies. This site offers a gateway to a large library of compliance information and up-to-date news about related EPA programs and proposals.

Atlas of America's Polluted Waters


The Atlas of America's Polluted Waters provides a map of each state depicting surface waters that do not meet state water quality standards, as reported under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act.

USDA Aerial Photography Field Office


The Aerial Photography Field Office, Farm Service Agency is the primary source of aerial imagery for USDA. More than 10,000,000 images are libraried at the APFO, dating from 1955 through the present.

Foodborne Illness Education Information Center

Learn the most recent information on foodborne illness.

ERS Agricultural Biotechnology Briefing Room


The Economic Research Service's new Agricultural Biotechnology Briefing Room. This comprehensive site will be kept current with the latest research news, publications, and recommended readings.