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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Blog Exploration: Farmers A Blogging?

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(MSNBC) University of Illinois Extension is taking on that challenge with a new blog for farmers. The Farm Gate began publishing earlier this fall at http://www.farmgate.uiuc.edu and was announced this month.

It aims to be a place farmers can go to find information on agricultural topics, ranging from crop science to economics to veterinary medicine.

Although a blog search will reveal a host of blogs dedicated towards farming, this site appears to be unique in the fact that it discusses a wide range of farming instead of being dedicated towards a specific area (such as with certain plants, animals or techniques of farming). If a farmer knows their way around the web, the Farm Gate Blog may prove its usefulness, saving the farmer time and hassle Googling relevant information on their own.

(MSNBC) "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 Ellis, an extension agent in Macon County. [...]

"I think farmers will really gain a lot from having a one-stop shop where you can go and get a variety of information. You name it and it will be there," said Hausman, who serves on an advisory committee for the Farmdoc Web site.

Although this site is fairly new, it will probably quickly become a high traffic "A-list" weblog within a couple of months as their are not too many other blogs dedicated to general farm issues within the blogosphere. The authors even offer ways to reduce taxes, advice every farmer could use in todays economy.

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