ACDC News – Issue 98-09

“Making technology work for rural communities”  

Was the theme of Rural TeleCon97, first national (U.S.) conference on the use of electronic communications and information systems for rural community development.  The conference took place during October 1997 at Aspen, Colorado.

Summaries of the various sessions are archived. You can review them at the following site:  <>.  Here are samples of topic panels:

  •  Public/private partnerships
  •  Use and impact of telecommunications technology in education
  •  How indigenous communities are using instructional technology
  •  Making technologies work for communities – avoiding pitfalls

New documents about direct marketing of farm products.  

Here are some of the documents that we have added recently to the collection of literature about direct marketing of farm products:

  • “Community supported agriculture: an annotated bibliography and resource guide”
  • “Selling honey to roadside markets”
  • “Cultivating customers”
  • “Alaskan direct-market consumers: perceptions of organic produce”
  • “Direct marketing of fresh produce and the concept of small farmers”
  • “The farmers’ market coupon program for low-income elders”
  • “Tastings’ open doors to new markets for small growers”
  • “Where farm and city meet”

Professional meetings during July and August. 

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

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

July 14-17
Annual conference, Agricultural Communicators in Education, at
Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California.

July 22-25
Joint meetings of Livestock Publications Council and American Association of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at Hyatt Regency Lexington, Lexington, Kentucky.
See details of the conference at

August 18
Agri-marketing seminar on “Segmentation: taking aim on the customer” at Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis Airport, St. Louis, Missouri.  Offered
by National Agri-Marketing Association.

A reminder: change your bookmark.  

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


Subtle hint from dad.

The Saturday night date was well along as the teenagers relaxed on the front porch of her farm home during a warm summer evening.
“Sometimes my dad takes things apart to see why they don’t go,” the daughter mentioned as they heard the clock strike midnight.
“So what?” her date replied.
“So you’d better go.”

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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