Understanding the Revised 2003 Illinois Grain Code
In the wake of the 2001 Ty-Walk elevator failure, the Illinois
Grain Code was revised in 2003 to (a) provide more protection
to farmers and lenders if an Illinois-licensed grain dealer or
warehouse fails and (b) create new assessments on sellers of grain
and some lenders to restore the solvency of the Illinois Grain
Insurance Fund. Two new articles, each co-authored by Don Uchtmann
and Bryan Endres, describe these changes.
- New Assessments on Farmers and Lender (36K)
- Greater ProtectiontTo Farmers and Lenders If a Grain Elevator
Mexico: Market Overview
Mexico is an important market with a population of 100 million
people and a growing middle class representing 20 million consumers
with increasing disposable. This detailed report discusses potential
The Art and Science of Composting
A complete guide for large-scale composting and what you need
to know to implement it on your farm.
USDA Marketing Profiles
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently launched a
web site that provides marketing profiles for all 50 states. The
site includes in-depth statistical information on farms, including
size, market value, cropland, livestock inventories and commodities.
There are also demographic and food consumption statistics for
the major metropolitan areas in each state.
Agriculture Business Strategies: Developing a Promotional Plan
Marketing your own product can be challenging, this fact sheet
gives you some guidelines.
Cover Crops on the Intensive Market Farm
This report from the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems,
University of Wisconsin is a comprehensive look at the advantages
and disadvantages of utilizing cover crops in various cropping
Rural America at a Glance, 2003
Key rural conditions and trends for use by public and private
decision makers and others to enhance the economic opportunities
and quality of life for rural people and their communities are
From Supply Push to Demand Pull: Agribusiness Strategies for
Changing U.S. demographics, consumer preferences, along with
technological advances and other changes in the economy, offer
agribusiness companies new opportunities. Understanding the diverse
preferences of consumers and their influence on the supply chain
and help identify the potential for new and innovative products.
Size and Distribution of Market Benefits from Adopting Biotech
As extensive look at the benefits to farmers, consumers and industry
from adopting Bacillus thuringiensi (Bt) cotton, herbicide-tolerant
cotton, and herbicide-tolerant soybeans and other biotechnology
The Agricultural Biotechnology Intellectual Property
Who owns what? This database describes U.S. patents on biotechnology
and other biological processes used in food and agriculture. Changes
in patent ownership, acquisitions, spin-offs and similar changes
can be tracked.
Bringing Local Food to Local People: A Resource Guide for Farm-to-School
and Farm-to-Institution Programs
Many communities are establishing links between farmers, school
administrators, and institutional food-service planners to provide
locally produced food to school. This “how-to” report
provides examples of communities where this is working: resource
lists, funding sources and technical assistance sources. There
is also a discussion of the 2002 Farm Bill that support farm-
to-school and other community food programs.
Flavor, Not Health Claims, Key in Marketing Pasture-Based Cheese,
Research Brief #66
This research report from the Center for Integrated Agricultural
Systems, University of Wisconsin looks at reasons consumers are
willing to pay more for pasture-based cheese.
What, When, and Where Americans Eat 2003, 08/2003, Institute
of Food Technologists
A detailed look at grocery and retail food dollar sales verses
food service revenues and how this impacts consumers and agriculture.