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Ag Decision Maker - Information and
analysis provided at this Iowa State University Extension Service web site will help you find solutions for many of the business,
economic, and financial decisions facing farmers and agribusinesses.
AgEcon Search - Search full text library of agricultural and applied economics scholarly
AgProfessional - Provides agronomic and business management solutions to
retailers/distributors, professional farm managers and crop sconsultants resulting in increased production and profitability in the food,
fiber and energy marketplace.
Agri Pulse - Comprehensive weekly report of the latest in agricultural information.
Agricultural Management e-School (AMES) - Seeks to extend management education to
agricultural producers, educators and service providers. AMES complements traditional meetings, bulletins and newsletters.
In-depth self-study courses and resource centers that address important management topics are available at any time and any place that an
Internet connection exists.
Agriculture Fact Book (USDA) -
Offers information about U.S. agriculture and describes all USDA programs. Also provides useful information about food safety, nutrition,
rural issues, research, education, and natural resources.
American Farm Bureau - An independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm
and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic
opportunity and social advancement. Useful links page.
American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) - Organization for professionals who
provide management, valuation, and consulting services on agricultural and rural assets. AFM, ARA, RPRA, and AAC are used
to indicate Accredited Members of the ASFMRA. AFM, ARA, RPRA, and AAC designations are earned through years of
experience, education, testing, and adherence to strict Society requirements for standards, ethics, and continuing education. The American Society may only refer the accredited members to potential clients since they have completed all required education and
testing as prerequisite to accreditation and have passed a comprehensive accrediting examination that ensures Society confidence
in their professional qualifications. Find a land expert here.
An Agricultural Testament by Sir Albert Howard - Since this book
first appeared in 1940, it has been regarded as one of the most important contributions to the solution of soil rehabilitation problems
ever published. More important, it has been regarded as the keystone of the organic movement. The late Louis Bromfield called it
"the best book I know on soil and the processes which take part in it.Soil Science called it "the most interesting and
suggestive book on soil fertility which has appeared since King's Farmers of Forty Centuries." And Mother Earth News recently
called it "the most basic of all introductions to organic farming by the founder of the modern movement."
Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) - Under the new Food,
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 producers of USDA program crops such as soybeans, wheat, and corn have the option to enroll in a
new counter-cyclical revenue plan. The program is called Average Crop
Revenue Election, or ACRE for short. It is being offered as an alternative to the counter-cyclical payment option under
the 2003 farm bill. ACRE uses a combination of state average yields, farm level yields, and the national marketing year price to
determine levels of revenue guarantees and payments for each covered commodity. There are two revenue triggers that have to be met before
any ACRE payments are generated, one at the state level and one at the farm level. Farms correspond to FSA units, just as
for the current commodity programs. The price component of both of these triggers is the average of the two most recent USDA marketing year prices. For corn and soybeans the marketing year runs from September through August. Marketing year prices are based on cash
prices (not futures) paid throughout the country.
Bee Alert Technology,
Inc. - Develops commercial uses for bee-based technology. The private company, which licenses for technology transfer with University of Montana, is a veritable think tank for bee solutions that go beyond the beekeeping field. For instance, the company
is developing technology - using trained bees - to detect and identify miniscule amounts of chemical agents. Researchers at the company
have already trained bees to locate radioactive material, harmful metals and explosives. The company developed HiveTracker,
HiveMarker and HiveSentry - all designed to help beekeepers track and identify their hives. Also see the National Bee Loss Survey.
California Certified Organic Farmers
(CCOF) - Offers programs for farmers, consumers, educators, and researchers to increase awareness of and demand for certified organic
products and to expand public support for organic agriculture.
Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) - Cornell University electronic
collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text
materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science,forestry, human
nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science.
Doane - Multi-media provider for trusted
information, advice and business solutions to agriculture.
Economic Research Service (ERS) - The main source of economic
information and research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Provides
information on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development. ERSBriefing Rooms offers a listing of recent ERS research developments, readings and
data. Data offers a listing of various ERS data products organized by
product, title, date, topic.
EPA: Pesticide Fact Sheets - The EPA's Office of
Pesticides Program works with registrants to recall products whenever products are deemed faulty or substandard or could potentially
cause injury to consumers or harm to the environment. Registrants often voluntarily recall products and reformulate or repair potential
Factory Farming - Factory farming
is an attitude that regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit. In animal agriculture, this
attitude has led to institutionalized animal cruelty, massive environmental destruction and resource depletion, and animal and human health
FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) - A measure of the monthly
change in international prices of a basket of food commodities. It consists of the average of five commodity group price indices
(representing 55 quotations), weighted with the average export shares of each of the groups for 2002-2004.
Farm Aid - Stages America's longest running annual concert event that unites farmers, artists,
consumers, and concerned citizens to build a powerful movement for good food from family farms. Throughout the year, Farm
Aid promotes food from family farms through inspiring and informative television, radio, mail, and web campaigns. Farm Aid works with and provides grants to local, regional and national organizations to promote fair farm policies and
grassroots organizing campaigns to defend and bolster family farm centered agriculture.
Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) / CME Group - Established in 1848, CBOT is the world's oldest futures and options exchange. More than 50 different options and futures contracts are traded by over 3,600 CBOT members through open outcry and eTrading. Volumes at the exchange in 2003 were a record breaking 454 million contracts.
On 12 July 2007, the CBOT merged with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) to form the CME Group, a CME/Chicago Board of Trade Company. CBOT and three other exchanges (CME, NYMEX, and COMEX) now
operate as Designated Contract Markets (DCM) of the CME Group.
Farming Solutions - Presents real solutions to hunger and poverty. Farming
Solutions brings examples of successful, environmentally responsible farming systems to life from all over the world, illustrating how
farmers can protect the environment while at the same time increasing food supply where it is most needed. Site provided thru joint efforts
of Greenpeace, Oxfam and ILEIA.
Farms - A marketplace for all participants in agriculture, where crop producers and livestock farmers
can come together and do business without having to step a foot off their farms.
FSTA - A food science resource, an intelligence service constantly monitoring research and developments in the areas of food science, food technology and nutrition, from farm to fork and beyond.
Sharpshooter - The glassy-winged sharpshooter leafhopper (Homalodisca coagulata), its effects on crops in California, Pierce's disease.
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) - Part of USDA's
Marketing and Regulatory Programs, GIPSA facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals,
oilseeds, and related agricultural products, and promotes fair and competitive trading practices for the overall benefit of consumers and
Green Revolution Revisited and the Road Ahead (.pdf) -
On September 8, 2000, thirty years after he received the Nobel Peace Prize, Laureate Norman Borlaug presented this
lecture at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. Explores the role of science and technology in the coming decades to improve the
quantity, quality and availability of food for all of the world's population.
Grow Peanuts - An educative website covering everything related to peanuts and peanut plants, its growth process and even some information on other nuts such as the pistachio nut and the almond.
International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) - Dedicated to responsible management of plant nutrients
- N, P, K, secondary nutrients, and micronutrients - for the benefit of the human family. With established programs in Latin America, North
America, China, India, Southeast Asia, and planned expansion in other areas of the world, IPNI is a global
organization ready to respond to the world's demand for food, fuel, feed, and fiber. IPNI provides a unified,
scientific voice for the world's fertilizer industry; independent of the industry, but scientifically credible and recognized by
governments, academia, NGOs, the public, and the industry.
Iowa Ag Connection - A subsidiary of USAgNet.com, a network of Web sites that serve the needs of the agricultural industry with local,
state and national information on a daily basis.
Iowa Corn - Official site of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Iowa Corn Growers
Local Harvest - Directory of small farms throughout the United States.
Lucidcentral - How do you identify something (an organism, a soil, a disease) if you do not
already know what it is? Generally, you need a key, a system built to help you identify an unknown item. Keys can be built to identify
members of any group: the species of ants in Africa, the types of stars in our galaxy, the kinds of bacteria infecting a wound. Keys are
built by experts to enable non-experts to identify their sample. Lucid software helps you in this process, providing a database and using Lucid Builder to list all of the characteristics you know to occur and matching them to their correct answer (which might be an
identification of a plant or animal, a decision on a farming system, or a diagnosis of a complaint).
Michael Pollan - Michael
Pollan is the author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto; The Omnivore's Dilemma: A
Natural History of Four Meals; The Botany of Desire; Second Nature; and A Place of My Own. Also see Pollan's links page.
Current newsletters include national and state data on crop damage, crop prices, and agricultural costs, such as
Newsletters include national and Michigan data on insects and pests
National Agricultural Law
Center - In 1987, Congress recognized the University of Arkansas School of Law for its "unique expertise in
the area of agricultural law" and called for the creation of the National Center for Agricultural Law Research and
Information at the Law School. Since then, the National Agricultural Law Center has been funded with federal appropriations through the National Agricultural Library, an entity within the USDA Agricultural Research Service. The Center conducts objective legal research and
provides timely, accurate, and non-partisan agricultural information to those in the agricultural community.
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) - USDA agency providing
U.S. agricultural stistical information. NASS publications cover a wide range of subjects, from traditional crops, such as corn
and wheat, to specialties, such as mushrooms and flowers; from calves born to hogs slaughtered; from agricultural prices to land in farms.
The agency has the distinction of being known as "The Fact Finders of U.S. Agriculture" due to the abundance of
information it produces.
National Honey Board - Conducts research, advertising and promotion programs to help maintain and
expand domestic and foreign markets for honey. The Board's work, funded by an assessment of one cent per pound on domestic and
imported honey, is designed to lift the awareness and use of honey by consumers, the foodservice industry and food manufacturers.
NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project - Provides information and technical assistance to farmers,
ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.
New Farm, The - Farmer-to-farmer know-how. Organic farming, organic agriculture.
NewCROP - An information-rich site related to crop plants.
Not by Bread Alone - America's culinary heritage. This Cornell Library exhibition exhibition highlights rare books, photographs, menus, and other early documents that trace the history of gastronomy in America.
Ohioline - Access hundreds of factsheets, bulletins and other educational materials covering a wide array of
subjects - such as agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, 4-H and youth. Presented by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University.
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) - Sponsors research related to organic farming practices,
disseminates research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and educates the public
and decision-makers about organic farming issues.
Organics, Farming, Food and Food Security Resources Links
pigCHAMP - Information management systems for animal agriculture.
Plant and Insect Parasitic Nematodes - Nematodes are the most numerous multicellular animals on
earth. A handful of soil will contain thousands of the microscopic worms, many of them parasites of insects, plants or animals. Free-living
species are abundant, including nematodes that feed on bacteria, fungi, and other nematodes, yet the vast majority of species encountered
are poorly understood biologically. There are nearly 20,000 described species classified in the phylum Nemata.
Pork News - Industry news for professional pork producers.
Realtors Land Institute (RLI) - An affiliate of the over million-member National Association of Realtors. It is the only branch of the REALTOR® family focused on land brokerage
transactions of five specialized types: (1) farms and ranches, (2) undeveloped tracts of land, (3) transitional and development land, (4)
subdivision and wholesaling of lots, and (5) site selection and assemblage of land parcels.
Rotokawa Cattle Company - Working to establish local, sustainable economies based on 100%
grass-fed beef production that benefits everyone: the animals, the producers, the consumers, and the environment.
Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA) - Dedicated to the conservation and sustainable
improvement of agricultural biodiversity, and to the socially responsible development of technologies useful to rural societies. RAFI is concerned about the loss of genetic diversity - especially in agriculture - and about the impact of intellectual property
on agriculture and world food security.
Society for Theriogenology - Theriogenology is that branch of veterinary medicine which deals with
reproduction, including the physiology and pathology of male and female reproductive systems and the clinical practice of veterinary
obstetrics, gynecology, and semenology.
Soil Taxomnomy - In 1975, Soil Taxonomy was published by the United
States Department of Agriculture's Soil Survey Staff. This system for classifying soils has undergone numerous changes since
that time, and the 2nd edition was published in 1999. Soil Taxonomy remains one of the most widely used soil classification
systems in the world. At the highest level, Soil Taxonomy places soils in one of 12 categories known as orders. This is a
collection of information and images to illustrate the distribution, properties, ecological significance, and use of these 12 soil orders.
U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs: Pesticide Product Recalls - The EPA works to reduce the risks to human heath and the environment by requiring pesticide registrants to report any potential
problems with EPA registered pesticide products and with registrants to recall products whenever products are deemed faulty or
substandard or could potentially cause injury to consumers or harm to the environment.
U.S. Meat Animal Research Center - Scientists at the Roman L. Hruska
U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) are developing scientific information and new technology to solve high priority problems for
the U.S. beef, sheep, and swine industries.
USAgNet - Daily resource for national & world agricultural news, markets, weather, auctions and
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service - Administers programs that facilitate the efficient,
fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber, and specialty crops.
Online - Plant pathology vegetable disease website developed to provide access to the Vegetable Disease Fact Sheets produced
over the years by Media Services at Cornell University. The addition of color photographs enhances the use of these
sheets for plant disease diagnosis.
Watt Net - Agribusiness and food-processing
magazines,news, and resources.
World Food Prize - The Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the
world food supply -- food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation,
political leadership and the social sciences. "Powerful, policy-driving charities are also among the prize's top backers. The Gates
Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, whose mutual efforts launched the Alliance for a Green
Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in 2006-made combined donations worth $1.93 million between 2009 and 2011. The World Food
Prize's connections to the US government also run deep." See Mother Jones.
World Resources Institute (WRI) - Current areas of work include economics, forests, biodiversity, climate
change, energy, sustainable agriculture, resource and environmental information, trade, technology, national strategies for environmental
and resource management, business liaison, and human health.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media,
politics, science and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 150,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to
search within individual pages.