Extension Ag Update
January/February 2011
Articles Research Resources Internet Links Ag Facts Education

Internet Links

Energy-Efficient Lighting for the Farm
http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/PDF/farmlighting.pdf
Energy-efficient lighting options present farmers with new opportunities to reduce electricity costs and help manage farms sustainably. Cost-effective energy-efficient lighting can be used to improve productivity and safety, and reduce operating costs. This publication provides an overview of energy-efficient lighting technology and explains how to select lighting options that are appropriate for the farm.

Illinois Farm Summit Presentations Available
The Profitability of Illinois Agriculture: Managing in a Strong Ag Economy
http://farmdoc.illinois.edu/presentations/index.asp

  • Crop and Livestock Price Prospects for 2011
    Darrel Good, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois
  • When to Sell Corn and Soybeans in Illinois
    Scott Irwin, Professor, University of Illinois
  • Incomes in 2010 and 2011: New FAST Spreadsheet
    Gary Schnitkey, Professor, University of Illinois
  • The Good, Bad, and Ugly of 2010 Tax Legislation
    Gary Hoff , Extension Specialist, University of Illinois
  • Crop Insurance Decisions: Updates and Issues for 2011 and Beyond
    Bruce Sherrick , Professor, University of Illinois
  • Illinois Farmland Rent Factors and Trends
    Nick Paulson, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois

Manure Management Presentations
http://animalagteam.msu.edu/2010ExtensionProfessional/ProfessionalDevelopmentinManureManagement/tabid/369/Default.aspx
In August 2010 the 10 State Manure Extension Professional Development meetings were held. The ten states include, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin. This project is funded by USDA CSREES 406 water quality funds. Some of the recordings from presentations at this meeting that can be found at the above website.

Dairy Beef
http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/PDF/dairybeef.pdf
Dairy beef is an opportunity to diversify operations and boost income, especially when production is pasture-based. This publication discusses production, finishing, niche markets and direct marketing, and analyzing profitability.