Extension Ag Update
September/October 2004
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Publications Plus –University of Illinois Agricultural and Horticultural Publications
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Warm-Season Grasses, Agronomy Monograph 45
A review of warm season and tropical grasses that covers all the major genera
p. 1194. To order, contact the American Society of Agronomy, 608-268-4960,
books@agronomy.org, or check www.asa-cssa-sssa.org

What Do We Know about USDA’s Effectiveness in Improving the Viability of Small Farms?
This study focused on 19 programs housed within seven agencies or offices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The programs provide support for conservation, product and market development, farmland preservation, general farm operations, and other efforts. Sixteen of the 19 programs either explicitly or more ambiguously intend to assist small farms through grants for research and other services, direct payments, loans, or technical and information assistance. Only two of the programs, the Conservation Reserve Program and the Direct and Guaranteed Operating and Ownership Loans program, have been formally evaluated as to the extent of support given to small farms. Both are administered by the Farm Service Agency. No evaluations have actually measured the effectiveness of these programs in fulfilling the objective of enhancing small farm viability. For more information, contact the Henry A. Wallace Center for Agricultural & Environmental Policy, Winrock International, 1621 N. Kent Street, Suite 1200, Arlington, VA 22209; telephone 703-525-9430 ext. 675; wallacecenter@winrock.org.