16 January 2006

University of Illinois sets up blog to support farmers

The Fort Wayne Journal/Gazette contains an intriguing news item explaining how extensionists at the University of Illinois have set up a blog to help farmers find information on various agricultural topics.

Recognizing that there are increasing amounts of valuable information on the Internet, the farmgate blog is a place where information is summarized, synthesized, and interpreted for farmers.

"Instead of farmers looking for all of those ideas, what I can do is go collect them, synthesize them and present a summary of what the viewpoints are," said Stu Ellis, an extension agent in Macon County. If this is successful, the people running the site hope that it will "demonstrate an entirely new way for the extension system to meet the needs of our traditional and nontraditional clientele.".




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