Extension Ag Update
November/December 2002
Articles Research Resources Internet Links Ag Facts Education

Internet Links

"57 Ways to Protect Your Home Environment"
"50 Ways Farmers Can Protect Their Groundwater"
"60 Ways Farmers Can Protect Surface Water"


These resource guides provide one-page summaries on various ways producers can protect our environment. To order these in book format call University of Illinois Publications at 1-800-345-6087.

Safe use of skid loaders on farms, University of Wisconsin A3674


Many pictures help describe the safest way to drive these useful machines. To order a copy contact: Cooperative Extension Publications, Room 170, 630 W. Mifflin St., Madison, WI 53703 or call 1-877-947-7827

Snowmobile Use
University of Illinois Farm Safety and Health


Tips to stay safe when having fun snowmobiling.

Web-tool: Resource Management Mapping Service


Map your farm with current soils, stream, roads and topography.

Severe weather, Iowa State University Pm-1563i


Winter storms, tornadoes, heat stress are among the topics discussed to help keep your family and farm safe.

Income Generation Using Alternative Crops
Nebraska Cooperative Extension NF99-404


This University of Nebraska site gives some quick tips for things vital to success, and a brief overview of pitfalls that are frequent contributors to the failure of an enterprise. The site also provides discussion of determining a potential enterprise's profitability, and a handy checklist to stimulate thought and discussion when considering an alternative crop



The purpose of this site is to provide GIS resources and materials to the rural Illinois GIS community. This site is maintained by the GIS unit of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.

How to Find Agricultural Information on the Internet


You need to know how to use the Internet effectively and efficiently before you can get the most out of this international information service. You can use the Internet to find information about almost any agricultural question you might have. This site will give you tips on using the Internet.

The Energy Balance of Corn Ethanol: An Update


By: Hosein Shapouri, James A. Duffield and Michael Wang.

On-line study of the energy efficiency of corn ethanol.

The US Organic Food Market


USDA ERS, Issued September 24, 2002, This report provides economic research on recent growth patterns in the US organic sector.

Farmer’s Markets: Rules, Regulations and Opportunities


The National Center for Agricultural Law Research & Information studied the structure and operation of farmer’ markets in the US.

Animal Biotechnology: Science-Based Concerns


The National Academy of Sciences addresses concerns associated animal biotechnology.