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Publications Plus - University of Illinois Agricultural and Horticultural Publications

Call 1-800-345-6087 or order on the web www.PublicationsPlus.uiuc.edu . It's a one-stop shop for a current catalog of research-based information (MasterCard and VISA accepted)

The Leasing Forum, University of Illinois Newsletter

This publication addresses timely issues related to leasing farmland. The Leasing Forum is released seven times per year. Topic from the June issue include: What Do I Do With the Farm I Just Inherited: Communication and the Lease Contract, Help with Leasing Decisions, Farmland Ownership 101 and Market Outlook

Tracking Farm Finances, University of Illinois Newsletter http://www.farmdoc.uiuc.edu/farmland/

Thisquarterly publication is designed to assist Illinois farmers and landowners to better manage their farm. The April edition included the following topics: Quicken Help on the Web, Which Quicken Version Should I be Using? and Enterprise Analysis

University of Illinois Dairy Electronic Newsletter http://www.traill.uiuc.edu/dairynet/newsletter.cfm

A newly published Dairy Electronic Newsletter is now available. This newsletter includes upcoming events, new papers published on various topics, DairyNet experts answer questions from subscribers and much more.

Climate Atlas of Illinois
Jim Angel, Ken Kunkel, and Chris Lehmann

Source: Stan Changnon (217) 244-0494 schangnon@uiuc.edu; Contact: Eva Kingston (217) 244-7270, eva @sws.uiuc.edu

Individual chapters address what controls our climate and historical climate periods; temperatures and precipitation, including snowfall; the statewide energy budget and wind conditions; special climate conditions caused by Lake Michigan, the southern hills, large cities, and human activities; atmospheric quality, including acid rain; climate extremes, such as droughts, cold winters, and various kinds of storms; outstanding weather and climate events of the 20th Century; weather conditions and air masses; and climate issues, such as global warming and El NiZo.

The Climate Atlas of Illinois is available from the ISWS for $20 plus $7 for shipping and handling if mailed. Credit card orders also will be accepted. For more information or to order a copy, call (217) 333-8888. http://www.sws.uiuc.edu/docs/climateatlas/.

How Much Lumber in that Tree? No. E2915 May 2004

Georgia Peterson and Mel Koelling

This fact sheet shows how to measure the diameter and height to determine tree volume. Order from MSU Bulletin Office, 117 Central Services, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1001 or call 517-353-6740

Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses (280 pages, wirebound) http://www.sare.org/publications .

This book brings the business planning process alive to help today's alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. Sample worksheets illustrate how real farm families set goals, determined potential markets and evaluated financing options-and help the reader develop a detailed business plan. To order, send $14 plus $3.95 s/h to Sustainable Agriculture Publications, 210 Hills Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405-0082.