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Agriculture Resources

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Numerous agriculture links related to farms, ranches, markets, associations, research, weather, plus the invitation to “skip the serious stuff and go straight to Mr. Potato Head.” (We recommend it!)

 

AgNews offers everything from breaking news (with archives) to research and education to a Texas treasure hunt. The site includes two dozen categories of interesting information and links, with entries like nutrition, forestry, wildlife, and veterinary medicine in addition to ag economics and ag education. A great resource.

 

This U.S. Department of Agriculture agency has put together an attractive site explaining their function and including “news and information” and good links.

 

AgriWeb Canada offers agricultural links, information, and search capabilities in English and French.

 

With joint ventures in China, Hungary, Egypt, Italy, and other countries, Ag-Tec supports their claim to be “your link to agriculture around the world.” Here they offer products, programs, and information on global projects.

 

Even if you are not a crop protection chemical producer, there’s a lot here: biotechnical information, a very long list of ag links, and Benny Broccoli, whose hands-on educational materials you can get free if you’re a teacher.

 

This Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences site offers pictures, descriptions, and biological control information for “Natural Enemies in North America,” including insect, disease, and weed pests. Go to the Table of Contents in each section for links to the specific information on each “bug.” A great source for growers, researchers, students, and teachers.

 

Oklahoma State University offers this resource where hundreds of livestock breeds are described in photo and word, organized by species and world region. There is also interesting material on the importance of livestock as opposed to plant contributions to human diet, and on the worth of older and endangered breeds.

 

Why study agribusiness and what careers are possible? Cal Poly offers good answers to these questions, as well as university information and agribusiness links.

 

The U.S. Census Bureau provides information here on commodity flows within the United States. Viewing, downloading, search available. Feedback encouraged.

 

Interested in natural control of insect pests and in current trends in biological control? This site contains abstracts and conference presentations on dozens of biological control issues from “Control of silverleaf whitefly on poinsettia by natural enemies” to “Is the public behind biological control?”

 

If you have a small farming or horse operation and are looking for quality products, check out this tidy and colorful little site. Offers links to other horse and tractor sites.

 

CWA works to improve the future of agriculture in California by spreading the word about the importance of “a vibrant agricultural economy and healthy rural communities.” Topics such as legislation, land use, water resources, and farm women are here, as well as an AgKids activities section, and more.

 

Integrated Pest Management works to control pests with a limited use of insecticides worldwide. This is their information retrieval system and allows you to access quickly the many plant, insect, crop, and related information sources on the Internet.

 

This bi-monthly digest offers excellent in-depth reviews of environmental, agricultural, and natural resources sites, categorized and archived. There’s also a dynamite section on what constitutes a good Web site.

 

Compiled and published by the University of Minnesota’s Extension Service, this is a list of dozens of farm safety and health links divided into categories like children and injury control, pesticide and chemical hazards, and recent press releases concerning safety in agriculture.

 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations offers global agricultural information, trends, and needs, and offers them in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.

 

Go ahead. Tell me you eat enough vegetables. Then uncross your fingers and come here for some great recipes, a new one added every month.
Put up by the Smith County Agricultural Extension Service, this site offers east Texas gardeners lots of pertinent information. There are features on the local horticulture industry, advice for home gardeners, an explanation of the County’s interesting Master Gardener program, and links to other gardening sites on the Web.

 

If you’re on the farming front lines, this is your site. Many partnerships have helped this site’s publishers develop a huge repository of information, with weather updates, for sale listings, tons of technology plus Crop Scouting Talk (“How’s your winter wheat look?”), Cattle Offerings Worldwide (COW!), much more.

 

If you’re interested in producing some of the food you consume, you can farm your backyard (whether big or small). This guide shares how to get started.

 

This service offers medium- to long-range weather forecasts and Elliott Wave Technical Futures Market Analysis. It’s a subscription service but offers sample visuals and a free trial.

 

The Farmer-Rancher Paper has lots to offer: articles of U.S. and global interest, current crop and livestock reports, Ag-Chat, and a search engine.

 

ISA will help you develop a web site. Also within this site they offer weather and market information and a search engine for other agricultural sites.

 

Haas, Inc. produces hops, especially for the microbrewery industry. There’s information here on hops varieties and production as well as home brew supply shops and a searchable database to help you locate breweries and brewpubs in your region.

 

Everybody’s wearing it, some of us are growing it, and here’s your chance to read about it. Articles, crop reports, and an amazing number of cotton links.

 

Billing itself as “The guide to growing for big profit on a small parcel of land,” MetroFarm reports that the most productive farmland in the U.S. is in the Bronx. You can do it too!

 

Part of the Entomology Department site at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this newsletter provides feature articles, current projects, news, and reviews in the biological control field. Past issues are archived, hard copy subscriptions are available, and the site includes an excellent list of biological control links.

 

Purdue University provides information on new crops and plant products, a bulletin board, and links to related web sites.

 

Oregon State University Extension brings you a wealth of information on grape and berry production in the Pacific Northwest. The crop recommendation information is extensive (70 fact sheets on blueberries alone!) and there is also research, marketing, and events content, and much more.

 

PANNA is a nonprofit group which advocates limiting the use of pesticides. Here they discuss ecologically sound alternatives and offer related links.

 

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Plant America is an interactive, on-line network dedicated to sharing beauty and expertise in the horticultural world. Product information, newsletter, nursery network, and horticultural links.

 

Kenyon College in Knox County, Ohio, provides a look at family farming today. The site is well organized (check out the index for an overview) and offers information on the farming community, farming and the environment, farm economy, myths and stereotypes, and a “day on the farm” in word and picture.

 

NAL is “a major international source for agriculture and related information.” It offers search engines and links in areas such as rural health, agricultural trade, and nutrition, as well as e-mail addresses for questions. Great spot.

 

West Virginia University does tree fruit research and education at its Kearneysville farm. Tree fruit pest and disease information is here in word and picture, along with new developments, weather, and a good collection of tree fruit links.

 

Separate pages for each of 48 crops are here, offering information, contacts, and links. News, weather, events, and more make this a valuable site for the producer and the home gardener alike.
At the USDA’s home page, you can learn about the history of American agriculture 1776-1990’s, check out the department’s programs, or find out “What’s New” in the world of Agriculture.

 

The University of Illinois and the Illinois Cooperative Extension Service provide this site, which includes articles on community, family, and farm issues.

 

The American Farm Bureau’s site offers news and views from the country’s largest general farm organization. Ag search engine, articles of current interest, shopping.

 

Unless you’re a producer, you’ll be surprised at the planning that goes into growing a giant pumpkin. This site covers it all, with growing techniques, weighing sites, and what to do about insects, plus links to soil testing and the RotWeb (composting).