Share |

Content about tool

December 3, 2012

How can webinars be incorporated in the eXtension communities of practice and what is their value?

Lynette Spicer moderates a panel discussion on how webinars enhance eXtension communities of practice. On the panel are Debra Heleba, eOrganic: The Organic Agriculture Community of Practice for extension; Sarah Baughman, Military Families; Donna Amaral-Phillips, DAIReXNET. From the 2012 National eXtension Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, October 2, 2012.

January 13, 2012

Agriculture software is starting to be developed for smartphones. These applications will enhance the productivity and save time for many agri-business people because they are portable and easily available.

Updated January 12, 2012: The Apple iPhone, now in it's 5th year, and the Android operating system, coming into its 6th year at Google, have brought a dramatic shift in how we communicate with people and access information. Key is the integration of widely available software with an always on Internet connection.

January 13, 2012

Consumers are starting to take notice of the issues raised by research about the use of antibiotics in food animals. The discussions go beyond science and research, into the areas of consumer purchasing decisions and food marketing.

The Chicago Public Schools took a public policy stance in 2011 by serving local, antibiotic chicken in 473 of its schools. This action makes the statement that consumers have a preference for food that is free of antibiotics and is locally grown. Independent of the view of farmers, ranchers, or producers, consumers do have a voice and are influenced by how science and technology is positioned.

January 10, 2012

Sometimes you just want to look something up. These apps offer specialized dictionaries or databases for niche information areas in agriculture.

These are a collection of specialized smart phone agriculture apps. These types of apps are primarily used as a lookup tool, either to help identify species, review a piece of regulation, or get the specifics on an issue.

January 10, 2012

Specialized apps provide an extension to farm management information systems, allowing for reporting while traveling.

While these apps might be free, some of information that drives the application may not be. These types of applications are mostly mobile extensions of a farm or operation management system. They allow for management and production staff to see how operations are working while on the road.

January 10, 2012

A sample of agriculture focused news applications. Most are actual applications while Syngenta Farm Mobile is a web site whose content is mobile focused. More smart phone agriculture news applications available.

January 10, 2012

How will the future of antibiotics in food animals be impacted?

What are the issues of using antibiotics in food animals? How will their use impact consumers? What are some of the scientific studies saying? These reference links are only a starting reference point to help understand the issues and form an opinion on actions to take.

January 10, 2012

9.8 billion people by 2050 will require 2.3 billion metric tons of food per year. How can this be supported?

The population continues to increase to levels that concern those that grow and produce food. Many believe there is a need to develop technologies that will increase food production at least by 50% to support the expected population of 2050 (9.8 billion by some estimates). While there is general agreement that the population will increase and that access to food will be an issue, there is no definitive solution.

January 10, 2012

What are some of the major news providers offering to mobile users?

This is just a sample of the news services that offer their information through a mobile application or a mobile focused web page.

January 10, 2012

Market research via Google insights for Search can help discover what customers are looking for and when.

Google insights for Search website is great to discover trends in keywords and terms.

January 10, 2012

You can keep up with the latest legislative activity in Congress using GovTrack.us.

GovTrack.us is a tool by Civic Impulse, LLC to help the public research and track the activities in the U.S. Congress, promoting and innovating government transparency and civic education through novel uses of technology.

January 10, 2012

The internet has many deep sources of data and there are tools that can help you get there.

Like many people, Google, Yahoo!, or Bing are the first places you start a search. Using one of these sites is ingrained into our day to day activities. While these sites are excellent starting points, they are not the only places from which to discover information.

January 10, 2012

Looking for ag data can seem daunting. Use these web sites and the power of Google to speed up the search and reduce the hassle.

When looking for information on world agriculture, where do you start? The following websites are good starting points. They are not all encompassing but they will get you started.

Use the power of Google Search. For example Google allows you to specify that your search results must come from a given website. For example, the query [ corn site:fao.org ] will return pages about corn but only from fao.org.