ACDC News – Issue 98-08

More information about farm broadcasting.

A new partnership with the National Association of Farm Broadcasters (U.S.) will permit the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center to provide more information about farm broadcasting.

This recently authorized project will permit searching the NAFB archives to identify news articles, publications, audiotapes and other materials of broad interest.  These NAFB materials are housed within the University of Illinois Archives.  Selected items will be processed into the Center collection for easier identification by rural broadcasters, agricultural communications students, teachers, researchers and other online searchers.

NAFB Historian Dix Harper and Assistant Historian Marla Behrens will coordinate the joint project with members of the Documentation Center staff.  Work in the archives is expected to begin this fall.

Providing documents quickly. 

“Can you help me get copies of these documents?” a searcher from several hundred miles away asked us, by e-mail, during a recent Wednesday.  They weren’t available to her locally.  And she needed them by Friday.

Photocopies of the materials reached her Friday, with help from prompt staff follow-up and overnight delivery.  We are pleased to provide this kind of service on a reasonable, cost-recovery basis.

New information about Extension technology. 

You can gain easy access to texts or abstracts of more than 70 papers presented June 15-17 at the National Extension Technology Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.  When you enter the conference web site ( you can see the titles of more than 100 sessions. Of those titles, more than 70 are linked to session manuscripts submitted by presenters.

Topics of the conference involved a wide range of information technologies for distance education, in-service teaching and Extension program delivery.  A few examples:

“Using a flatbed scanner to digitize insects, plants and other stuff”
“How agents and researchers are using computers and the Internet”
“Retrofitting Extension programming for the WWW: a look at Ag Decision

Paul Hixson, administrative coordinator of the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, was one of the presenters.  He and a University of Illinois associate, John Tubbs, presented a paper on “Interactive broadcasting on the web.”

Also, Floyd Davenport (who has been instrumental in making our collection available online and who is presently on short term assignment in Zambia) co-authored a paper on “Managing large document databases” that was delivered by a colleague, Milind Basole.  Our Agricultural Communications Documentation Center was one of the case study examples used in this presentation.

Professional meetings scheduled.  

Here are the approaching meetings of several professional agricultural communicator organizations:

June 25-27
West Region Meeting, National Association of Farm Broadcasters at Choteau, Montana.
Contact:  Brent Stanghelle at 406-761-7600

July 3-8
International Federation of Agricultural Journalists at Bogensee, Germany.

July 12-14
Summer seminar, Agricultural Relations Council at Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Contact: Paul Weller at

July 14-19
Annual conference, Agricultural Communicators in Education, at Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California.

A reminder: change your bookmark. 

For this web site.  The new URL for the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center is:


In appreciation. 

Inscription in the main reading room of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.:

“We taste the spices of Arabia,
yet never feel the scorching sun
which brings them forth.”

Best regards and good searching. 

Please let us know if we can help you find information and/or if you can suggest documents that we might add to this collection.

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