Extension Ag Update
 May/June  2002
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"Every time you take a step in a mature Oregon forest, your foot is being supported on the backs of 16,000 invertebrates held up by an average total of 120,000 legs."
Source: Dr. Andrew Moldenke, Oregon State University.

Nematodes are amazingly diverse. Twenty thousand species have been described, but it is thought that 500,000 species may exist. Five thousand soil species have been described.

About 17 percent of Illinois's farmer are engaged in "sideline businesses" that range from snowplowing to custom fieldwork to home repair to dealing in antiques.

Source: Andrew J. Sofranko, a U of I professor of rural sociology in the Department of Human and Community Development, 2002, (217) 333-0725