Extension Ag Update
December 2008
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Internet Links

eXtension: Meat Goats
“The number of meat goats in the United States increased by 57 percent from 1997 to 2002, pushed by increased consumer demand. The goat industry Web site provides help for new and inexperienced producers, as well as those with experience but who need an answer to a specific question. The site includes answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about meat, dairy and fiber producing goats. If a question cannot be found in the FAQs, eXtension’s “Ask an Expert” feature can be used for a quick response. The site also includes in-depth, peer-reviewed articles covering all aspects of goat production including: Breeds, Herd Health, Marketing, Nutrition, Pastures and Forages, Reproduction, Vegetation Management.”

Field Pesticide Application Techniques in Wisconsin
Chris Boerboom, UW-Extension Weed Scientist, and Roger Flashinski, Pesticide Applicator Training program,
A new fact sheet provides guidance to applicators on tips and recommended practices when spraying cropland with boom sprayers. Although it’s written with emphasis towards the commercial applicator, it covers spraying situations that every applicator, private or commercial, will face: making the opening rounds, spraying into corners, the importance of pattern and swath overlap, spraying around waterways, and spraying irregular shaped fields. The fact sheet’s primary audience is for beginning and inexperienced applicators who are just learning how to spray. The seven page fact sheet contains numerous illustrations and diagrams.

Pictures of North American Moth Species
Over 7,700 images and growing in number of approximately half the known number of moth species north of Mexico are pictured on this site. John Snyder, Furman University, Greenville, SC  is the developer of this resource. 

 International Assessment of Agriculture Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD)
“Recently, the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, and over 110 countries and 900 participants came together to report on how our most pressing environmental and social issues will affect the future of food. After spending more than $11 million, a team of experts produced an exhaustive study of how science, agriculture knowledge, and technology impact hunger, poverty, nutrition, human health, and environmental.”

A Consumer's Guide to Grass-fed Beef, A3862
Learn about the health and environmental benefits of grass-fed beef and how to buy and cook grass-fed beef. Includes several recipes.

Improving Your Private Well Water Quality, G3826
While most private wells provide water that is good quality, many private well owners experience problems. This publication gives options for improving private residential well water quality, including treatment methods.