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December 3, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 10, 2012

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

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

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.