Assignment for Gathering Background Information

Name: ___________________________________________________________

Research Topic:______________________________________________________

Objectives: Be familiar with sources that provide background and reference information, especially in the United States,

the State of Oregon and Extension Services at OSU.

Purpose: Get acquainted with various sources

Browse through these websites and answer the questions

Questions for Government Resources

1. USDA --- United States Department of Agriculture--- all sorts of agricultural information.
http://www.usda.gov

a. What is the full name of NASS? _______________________________________________________________

2. Go to the NASS section at http://www.usda.gov/nass/, and get a report for a single commodity.
Click
1. Publications.
2. Report on commodity.
Then, select a statistical report on a single commodity of your choice.

3. ODA---Oregon Department of Agriculture --- regulations, licenses, permits, statistical data. http://www.oda.state.or.us/

a. Find the “Seed licensing program” for Oregon
b. When you find it, click on the link “USDA, AMS Livestock and Seed Program - Seed Regulatory and Testing Programs web site”

c. Look at the seed resource link.


4. Oregon Agricultural Statistics Service http://www.nass.usda.gov/or/

a. View a current report and, in a few sentences, summarize the report.
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5. OSU Extension and Experiment Station Communications http://extension.oregonstate.edu/index.php

EC--- Extension Circular; EM---Extension Miscellaneous; FS ---Fact Sheet
EB--- Extension Bulletin; FG--- Fertilizer guide

a. Click the Publications link on the left hand side of the screen, then click

the Publications and Videos link

http://eesc.orst.edu/agcomwebfile/EdMat/EdmatIndexAg.html


b. Find some information on the Cherry Bark Tortrix Moth
Under the major heading Agriculture, which sub-heading links you to the publication on the Cherry Bark Tortrix Moth?

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c. How much does Weed Management in Grass Seed Production cost, reprinted in June 2002 by the extension service?

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Some organizations or societies provide free information, some charge fees. Browse through this website and comment on what you find out about fees.

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6. Oregon Small Farms http://smallfarms.orst.edu/

a. From this site, find the section on Sustainable Sheep Production under the Livestock Production Guide , who are the authors?

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Which agency publishes this guide?

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b. How many pages does the Manual of Classification of Agricultural and Forestry Research have? ________________________________

Questions for Industries

Industries:

1. Western Barley Grower Association http://www.wbga.org/news.html

a. In which country does this association reside?

2. American Corn Grower Association http://www.acga.org/programs/2001/Ohio/

a. Find a resource that provides information about corn.
Write out the full URL _________________________________________

3. Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association http://osu.orst.edu/dept/pnva/Links.html

a. Find information on the United States standards for grades on asparagus from this website.

Write out the full URL _____________________________________________