ACDC News – Issue 98-10

New web site for agricultural communications researchers. 

The Research Special Interest Group of Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) has introduced a new web site.  It will serve ACE members and others who are interested in conducting communications research and disseminating research findings. Pages within the site will feature lists of ACE communications researchers, current research projects, events, awards, related sites and other items. The URL is and you can reach it easily through the “Other web sites” page of the Documentation Center site you are viewing now.

Here are some new documents about technologies for agricultural information.

We have added them to the Center during recent weeks:

  • Proceedings of two national conferences:
    “Communicating agricultural information in remote places”
    “New information technologies in agriculture”
  • Agricultural information via the Cleveland Free-Net
  • Use of private consultants and other sources of information by large Cornbelt farmers
  • Farm computer uptake and practices in New Zealand
  • How to achieve value from information technology investments (paper industry)
  • The role of agricultural research networks in small countries
  • Library networking and resource sharing in the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) and possible role of International Agricultural Research Centers (IARCs).

View the depression years in rural America.

You can view some powerful documentary photography through a collection offered on the American Memory site of the U.S. Library of Congress.  Thousands of historical rural photographs from the Farm Security Administration project of the 1930s are now available at the following URL: You can search the collection by subject, photographer or geography.

Innovative formats for teaching rural communications. 

Faculty members at the Muresk Institute of Agriculture, Western Australia, are offering rural media courses in innovative formats and venues.

They offered an Intensive Rural Media Course on April 1-4 as a “block” unit, plus two one-day follow-up workshops. This schedule accommodated full-time students during a week free of other classes, as well as other persons unable to attend normal weekly class sessions.

The faculty also offered a rural radio course for two weeks in early July. Next comes a rural television and video production course.  It will extend over three weekends during August to September, plus one full week during late September to early October.

These offerings serve Muresk students, plus others (such as promotion officers for rural organizations and community groups) who wish to learn about rural media. Details are available the from news page of the Muresk web site:

Professional meetings approaching.

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

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.

Oct 31-Nov 3
Communications Clinic of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association at Hyatt Regency St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri.

A reminder: change your bookmark.  

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


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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