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Agriculture Mobile AppsAg Apps Abound The smart phone ecosystem started in 2007 with nothing and an iPhone. Today there are over three million apps for every imaginable (and unimaginable) task, idea, or industry.

Along with the iPhone, there are other smartphone ecosystems coming in and out of the business (in: Android; out: Blackberry).

While it took a bit, the number of agriculture apps are increasing. Below are several links to ag related apps. Note that the apps mentioned in the links have not been reviewed by Truffle Media; the links are mainly an FYI of what's out there.

How do you find the best app? What is a way to divine the best app? Since today's "best" app may fade away tomorrow, the best approach is to share how to sift through apps and discover what works for you. The Apps For Agriculture presentation outlines what an apps is, what information in the apps stores can help, offers thoughts on connecting with people you know and trust, and suggests some general categories of apps that everyone should have loaded [slides][video].

Water ResourcesWater Resources More focus on water is occurring at the consumer level, driving action at the policy and commercial use level. Below are several stories and resources to help the conversations toward developing water solutions for everyone.

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Antibiotic Resistance Is ComplexUnderstanding Antibiotic Resistance Is Complex In September 2014 the Executive Office of the President President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology release a report titled Report To The President On Combating Antibiotic Resistance which put pressure on medical, veterinarian, food, and agriculture professionals to take action.

Mapping AgSorting Through Agriculture Data Agriculture is all about data. Much of the activity to plan the season for crops and livestock requires some amount of data. These tools are a small set of open source or free tools to help scan and organize around agriculture.

water resourcesUnderstanding the Water Flow Water is clearly critical to life. But water is a very regional resource. Some areas have plenty of water and there is no concern. Other areas have no water but their neighbors do. Below are some resources to better understand the issues and solutions.

IMAGETITLEUnderstanding Data There are more data sources available to more people than ever in the history of the world. The Internet is a great tool for discovering and researching resources. Below are a few resource. One, the The Data Journalism Handbook, is more about learning about approaches to discovering and using information obtained from various sources. It also is a great resource on tools and techniques.

Swine Influenza Information and ResourcesWhat is Swine Influenza? The media picks up on disease outbreaks because this type of news creates audience attention, if just for a little bit. However, when the adrenaline subsides, what are the information sources to learn more about Swine Influenza?

What About Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV)?PEDV Resources to Help Stay Informed PEDV is an issue on swine farms and information is needed to help make decisions.

2013 Animal Agriculture Alliance conference2013 Animal Agriculture Alliance Links The social conversation from the conference provided a range of insight in to animal agriculture. Pro-agriculture groups used Twitter and other channels to highlight news and information resources. Also, the session videos were streamed live with archives available (sessions 1,2,3 and 4). While many activists against agriculture were not allowed in the conference they were able to leverage social media channels to share their views.