Gateway to Useful Links

Gateway to Useful Links

The mission of ACDC involves more than identifying, collecting and helping make available the huge, scattered body of knowledge about communications related to agriculture.

In addition, we also wish to help you connect with the dynamic, global Agricultural Communications Network in ways you may find useful. That is a big job, given the hundreds of thousands of websites featuring agricultural journalism and agricultural communications throughout the world.

Use these themed website clusters to help you connect

On this Gateway page, you will find several special website clusters to help you connect with this network. We believe them to be the most comprehensive existing set of websites maintained by organizations of professional journalists and communicators whose interests span the many dimensions of agriculture.

We welcome your suggestions for other clusters that might interest you. Please notify us of additions or corrections at

  • Professional Communicator Organizations

  • Journals

    • AgriMarketing Magazine serving those involved in marketing and communications in agribusiness. Official magazine of the National Agri-Marketing Association.
    • Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension International journal on changes in agricultural knowledge and action systems.
    • Journal of Applied Communications Quarterly refereed journal of the Agricultural Communicators in Education. Offers professional development for educational communicators who relate to agricultural, natural and human resources.
    • Journal of Extension Journal of the U.S. Cooperative Extension System to expand and update the research and knowledge base of extension professionals and other educators.
    • Philippine Journal of Development Communication A refereed biannual journal published by the College of Development Communication, University of the Philippines at Los Baños.
    • South African Journal of Agricultural Extension Aims to advance and apply the science of extension and rural development by stimulating thought, study, research, discussion and the publication and exchange of knowledge both nationally and internationally.
  • Media and Methods

  • Development Communications

    • Asian Institute for Development Communication A non-governmental organization to strengthen the link between communication and development in Asia. A United Nations accredited organization.
    • Communication for Development Program A program of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. To strengthen the capabilities of national and regional research, extension, education and communication systems so that rural people have the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives and manage natural resources in sustainable ways.
    • Communication Initiative A forum to improve strategic communication thinking on development issues, advance communication for change, advocate the effectiveness of communication for sustainable development and help address key communication issues.
    • Development Experience Clearinghouse Online resource for international development reports of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Through the search system, this site provides information within sectors such as “communication” and “agricultural development.”
    • Farm Radio International Canadian-based, not-for-profit organization partnering with radio broadcasters in Africa to fight poverty and food insecurity.
    • International Institute for Communication and Development Independent non-profit foundation emphasizes the role and use of information and communication technologies in support of sustainable, locally oriented development.
    • International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) A major forum in the United Nations system designed to develop free and pluralistic media with a global approach to democratic development.
  • Extension

  • Food

    • Consumer Food Safety Behavior Briefings from the Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, about consumer concerns, information sources, consumption, risk and other aspects of food safety.
    • Food Safety Site maintained by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Provides resources for consumers, educators and health professionals. Communicators may be especially interested in the food safety education campaigns and materials, as well as reports of consumer research and focus group testing.
    • National Food Safety Educator’s Network Electronic network for food safety education from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Indigenous Knowledge

  • Resources

    • ACE Papers Historical records (1913 to date) of the American Association of Agricultural College Editors (AAACE), later renamed Agricultural Communicators in Education and currently Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences, housed in the National Agricultural Library.
    • Agricultural Advertising Collection The D’Arcy Collection at the University of Illinois includes almost 2 million original advertisements published between 1890 and 1970. Maintained by the College of Communications, it is a rich source of research information on products advertised by many advertising agencies. Includes thousands of ads featuring agricultural equipment, dairy products, chemicals, farm papers and other agricultural themes.
    • Agricultural Advertising Exhibit See 20 images of agricultural and food advertisements in the University of Illinois Advertising Exhibit, maintained by the College of Communications. Exhibit features advertisements selected from the D’Arcy and Woodward Collections. Organized within 17 subject themes.
    • Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) Archives Comprehensive finding aid to help interested persons locate information in the National ACT Archives.
    • Development Communication Archive  Reports, papers, printed material, surveys, articles, audiotapes, videocassettes and motion picture films make up the archive of the Clearinghouse on Development Communication of the Academy of Educational Development, Inc., 1960-1994.
    • Farm, Field and Fireside The Farm, Field and Fireside collection contains historically significant U.S. farm weeklies published in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
    • Food and Environment Reporting Network This independent, non-profit news organization is based in New York City and began operations in 2011. It produces in-depth and investigative journalism on food, agriculture, and environmental health.Through partnerships with local and national mainstream media outlets, the Network seeks to “tell stories that will inspire, inform, and have lasting impact.”
    • National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Archives Comprehensive finding aid to help interested persons locate information in the NAFB Archives.
    • Records of the Tobacco Market News Service Special collection in the National Agricultural Library includes historical information on the Tobacco Market News Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, between 1928 and 1971.
    • Reflections – Farm and Food History This rural history website of Ltd. is “dedicated to celebrating and digitizing the last 150 years of success in the Canadian agriculture and food industry.” Sections such as “Historical Articles Archive” and “Cartoon Archive” include information about agriculture-related media and communications
    • Smokey Bear Collection Special collection in the National Agricultural Library contains varied materials from 1902 to 1994, with emphasis on advertising activities of the Cooperative Forest Fire Protection program.