Extension Ag Update
January/February 2007
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Internet Links

Targeted Grazing: A Natural Approach to Vegetation Management and Landscape Enhancement

A new handbook that focuses on using sheep and goats to manage vegetation and enhance landscapes. The handbook covers topics such as using targeted grazing to control invasive species of weeds and using sheep and goats to create fire breaks. It also includes grazing prescriptions that can be used to target specific plant species and examples of how sheep and goats are being used to manage vegetation.

Control of Insect Pests of Field Crops, Ohio State Univ, Bulletin 545, p.34.

Information for managing insect pests on alfalfa, corn, small grains, and soybean. Ohio State Univ. entomologists B. Eisley and R. Hammond have categorized the data in tabular form by pest, product name, product amount recommended, application method, and suggested optimum time for application.

Farm Crisis Resources List, Center for Rural Affairs


National Farm Transition Network

This website unites beginning and retiring farmers.

Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses

A goal-setting and financial planning guides for farmers. It follows a real family through the whole process of transforming farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. To order contact the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) in book form and available online. 301-374-9696

Resources for Beginning Farmers: Building a Sustainable Future

University of Minnesota and Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Ag have a list of useful resources for new farmers.

Demand for Food Quantity and Quality in China

As their incomes rise, Chinese consumers are changing their diets and demanding greater quality, convenience, and safety in food. Food expenditures grow faster than quantities purchased as income rises, suggesting that consumers with higher incomes purchase more expensive foods. The top-earning Chinese households appear to have reached a point where the income elasticity of demand for quantity of most foods is near zero. China’s food market is becoming segmented. The demand for quality by high-income households has fueled recent growth in modern food retail and sales of premium-priced food and beverage products. Food expenditures and incomes have grown much more slowly for rural and low-income urban households.

Energy from Agricultural Biomass

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) recently issued a report reviewing the potential for energy from Agriculture Biomass.