ACDC News – Issue 98-13

New documents from ACE conference.  

Nearly a dozen research papers from the 1998 Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) conference in California are being processed into the Center.  Here are some of the titles:

  • “Research magazine readership interests: Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Research Highlights” by Ned Browning, Mississippi State University.
  • “Beyond blue sky predictions: what the emerging facts really say about new information technologies and rural development” by Eric A. Abbott and Allan Schmidt, Iowa State University.
  • “Using the Internet to conduct college credit courses developed from extension materials” by James M. Nehiley, University of Florida.
  • “Farmer participation in agroforestry research and extension: some lessons from Thailand and the Philippines” by Lulu Rodriguez, Iowa State University.
  • “At the push of a button: using electronic technology for professional development” by James C. Segers, Lawrence A. Lippke and William Watson, Texas A&M University.

Thanks to Professors Kristina Boone of Kansas State University, Sherrie Whaley of Ohio State University and others who helped provide these papers to the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center.

Can you find much here at the Center about communications in agricultural development?

You bet.  For example, in parentheses you can see the number of citations that come onto your monitor when you search under various subject terms.

  • “development” (1,870 documents)
  • “development communication” (715 documents)
  • “development issues” (267 documents)
  • “development programs” (405 documents)
  • “international” (493 documents)

These documents involve communications in countries throughout the world.  Please let us know when you see documents of interest that are not available to you locally.  We will help you gain access to them.

Recent inquiry about graduate study programs.

“I am looking for an agricultural journalism or agricultural communications graduate college,” said an online searcher from the U.S.   She asked where such study programs are offered in the U.S. or elsewhere.

Can you help provide an answer to this question? If so, please get in touch with Jim Evans at the Documentation Center (Email:

Agricultural Relations Council now in Kansas City area.  

The affiliation between ARC and the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) is now complete.  Eldon White and Kathleen Montgomery are the primary staff contacts for ARC.  Here is how you can reach the organization now:

Agricultural Relations Council
11020 King Street, Suite 205
Overland Park, KS 66210 USA

Phone:  913/491-6500
Fax:  913/491-6502

Professional meetings approaching. 

Here are the approaching meetings of two U.S. agricultural communicator organizations:

Nov 1-3
Annual Meeting and Communications Clinic of American Agricultural Editors’ Association at Hyatt Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri.

Nov 11-15
Annual Convention of National Association of Farm Broadcasters at Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri.

Do you have a communications-related meeting to announce?

You are invited to contact us about meetings that deal with the communications aspects of agriculture, food, natural resources and related topics.  We will be glad to help announce them.

Those ornery hedges, trees and pedestrians.

The following explanations come from insurance forms filled out by people who were asked to summarize their traffic accidents:

“I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home.  At the intersection, a hedge sprang up, obscuring my vision.  I did not see the other car.”
“Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I didn’t have.”
“A pedestrian hit me and went under my car.”

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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