This international resource and service from the University of Illinois features concepts, issues, media and methods for human communications related to food and nutrition, farming and rural life, natural resources and the environment, renewable energy, natural fibers, rural development and other aspects of agriculture. Welcome to this interactive website and please check with us whenever we can help you identify and gather information.
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A special partnership between IFAJ and the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC) provides unique resources and services for you. The Center operates from the University of Illinois with counsel involving associates throughout the world.
Five ways you—and IFAJ—can benefit from this partnership:
ACDC will help you gain easier access to what is believed to be the largest electronically searchable collection of research and practice in the journalism and communications aspects of agriculture, food and natural resources in more than 170 countries.
You can find information on practically any aspect of agricultural journalism and communications. For example, do you want to:
You can learn about the journalism and communications aspects of practically any topic involving food, feed, fiber, renewable energy, natural resources, rural development or other aspects of agriculture. For example, do you want to:
Go to the BibLeaves search page. Simply enter your topic of interest, title, author name or keyword(s) in the BibLeaves search box. This robust search system will instantly search nearly 39,000 documents in the ACDC collection and provide you with a list of documents for your review. The citations for many of the recent documents include Web addresses you can use to gain full-text access online. We can help you gain access to those not available online.
ACDC staff members and associates have special skills in finding information. Most are specialists in library and information science.
Here is the contact person you should feel free to contact for individual help in locating and gaining access to information you need about agricultural journalism and communications:
The "Professional Development"; section of the IFAJ website contains more than 50 feature articles that can help you learn new professional insights and skills in agricultural journalism. Many of them were coordinated or written by ACDC associates in partnership with IFAJ members.
They feature some enduring and useful insights and skills about topics that are important to agricultural journalists in about any country. Here are a few examples:
Through this IFAJ/ACDC partnership, the Center coordinates production of IFAJ News, which is made available in three languages—English, German and Spanish. Please pass along your suggestions about news items and features you would like to see covered in future issues.
"We are always delighted when members send stories for the newsletter—as well as their ideas for stories that will interest IFAJ members and others who read IFAJ News," says Editor Karlie Elliott Bowman.
Please send your items and suggestions to:
You are in such a good position—in your country and in your area of agricultural journalism interest—to help strengthen the resources and services the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center can provide, internationally. We would value your suggestions about, for example:
Please send your suggestions to:
We look forward to helping you learn, grow, and succeed in your agricultural journalism career.