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What's New
Algae forecast detailed at Stone Lab gathering
The Toledo Blade (8/19)
Scientists expect the remainder of Lake Erie’s algae season to be bad, though not nearly as bad as the worst season on record, 2011.

Government announces $2M grant to farmers in western Lake Erie to reduce fertilizer runoff
The Toledo Blade (8/19)
The federal government will offer farmers in 20 counties in the western Lake Erie watershed money to plant winter crops to reduce fertilizer runoff.

COMMENTARY: What will it take to save Lake Erie?
The Toledo Blade (8/17)
Toledo Blade editor calls for action to save Lake Erie from pollution.

Detroit's sewage overflow feeds Lake Erie algae growth
Monroe News (8/16)
The near-historic rainfall last week that left cars stranded and roads closed across Metro Detroit also will likely make Lake Erie's algae-fouled beaches worse for neighbors to the south.

Lake Erie: Is it time to worry again about its health?
Erie Time-News (8/12)
Lake Erie is the shallowest and warmest of the Great Lakes, making biological conditions more conducive for algae growth, and making the lake more susceptible to effects of climate change. And invasive species are a persistent threat.

COMMENTARY: Toledo water crisis: Credibility in question, critical thinking needed
Great Lakes Echo (8/12)
The Toledo water crisis was a major environmental and health failure in a significant Great Lakes city. It deserves honest discussion on accountability and recognition that the algae policies had failed.

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Overview
Agriculture in the Great Lakes states and provinces is diverse and productive. About one-third of the land in the basin used for agriculture, supporting nearly 25 percent of the total Canadian agricultural production and 7 percent of the U.S. production. Dairy, grain, corn and livestock are the region's mainstays, although unique climate niches also support a variety of orchards, vineyards and other specialty crops.

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General Resources
AMS Market News
U.S. Department of Agriculture
These reports provide up-to-the-minute information on commodity prices, demand, movement, volume and quality.

With These Hands
Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
This farmland documentary project features stories about four farm families in the Michigan communities of Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas.

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Aquaculture
Aquaculture
University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
A collection of aquaculture articles sponsored by the Minnesota Sea Grant Program.

Aquaculture
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
On-site aquacultural services have been provided continually by UW Sea Grant Advisory Services to more than 100 Wisconsin businesses since the aquaculture program began in 1987.

Aquaculture and Seafood Safety
Great Lakes Sea Grant Network
An overview of aquaculture, the fastest-growing form of agriculture in the United States.

Aquaculture Outreach
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program
Overview of the institution's aim of integrating aquaculture with traditional agriculture along with a listing of related publications.

Aquaculture Resource Guide
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Serves as an introductory reference for people interested in starting a fish farm or an aquaculture operation in Wisconsin.

AquaNIC
Purdue University
The Aquaculture Network Information Center is a gateway to the world's electronic resources on aquaculture.

Midwest Tribal Aquaculture Network
Region 3, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
MTAN promotes sound fish rearing techniques primarily by sharing fish culture information through a quarterly newsletter.

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Crops and Major Commodities
Agriculture Statistics Service
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Weekly crop reports, statistics, and press releases.

Commodity Products
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
CME offers a variety of futures and options contracts on livestock, dairy and forest products.

Crops Index page
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
Information on crop related topics, resources, and services.

Illinois Corn
Illinois Corn Growers Association
Information on industry updates, educational resources research and corn products.

Livestock Index page
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
Information on dairy, beef and swine production and distribution

Michigan Wines
Michigan Department of Agriculture
Information on wine festivals, features and competitions, and upcoming events.

Small Grains
Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers
A cooperative effort between industry associations and the University of Minnesota, the initiative is designed to provide information on markets, research, contacts and publications to Minnesota's wheat farmers.

The Mitten of Plenty
Michigan Department of Agriculture
A map containing clickable images of the major agriculture products of Michigan with detailed information on each crop and commodity.

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Databases
Agricultural Research Research Projects
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Serves as the USDA documentation and reporting system for publicly supported agricultural, food and nutrition, and forestry research in the United States.

AquaNIC
Purdue University
The Aquaculture Network Information Center is a gateway to the world's electronic resources on aquaculture.

Economic Research Emphasis
U.S. Department of Agriculture
ERS research areas derive from strategic planning in USDA for its research, economics, and education mission.

PLANTS database
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Plants Database maintains and generates data reports in specialized areas, such as characteristics, culturally significant, invasive and noxious, and endangered.

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Education
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Wisconsin at Madison

College of Agricultural Sciences
Penn State University

College of Agriculture
Southern Illinois University

College of Agriculture
Southern Illinois University

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Michigan State University

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Ohio State University

Institute of International Agriculture
Michigan State University

Ontario Agricultural College
University of Guelph

Purdue Agriculture
Purdue University

School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE)
University of Michigan

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Finance
Financing Options
Rural Finance Authority, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
The Minnesota Department of Agricultural offers a variety of loan and grant programs for purchasing farmland; state-of-the-art improvements in livestock production; various farm-related purposes; reorganize debt; buy stock in an agricultural processing facility.

Market Commodities
Chicago Board of Trade
The daily commentaries provide a recap of each commodity's pit traded price activity, an analysis of the factors that influenced price activity, a recap of any reports released that day, and a look ahead at the next day's schedule.

Small Business/Agriculture
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
Information on funding programs and loans available to Wisconsin farmers.

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Laws
Bringing Animals into Michigan
Michigan Department of Agriculture
Information on the statutory and regulatory provisions for importing animals into Michigan.

Division of Weights and Measures
Ohio Department of Agriculture
The division works with county and city weights and measures programs to test devices ranging from fuel meters and retail store scanners to vehicle and livestock scales for consistent measuring standards.

Farm Bill 2002
U.S. Department of Agriculture
A range of information on the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, which authorizes most agriculture programs for fiscal years 1996-2002.

Food Establishment Licensing Guide
Michigan Department of Agriculture
Information on license requirements for those selling, processing or storing food commercially in Michigan.

Food Labeling Guide
Michigan Department of Agriculture
A guide summarizing general labeling requirements for food products in Michigan.

Grain Warehouse and Dealer Inspection
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Information on Illinois grain code and using EDI in grain dealer and warehouse inspections.

Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency
United States Code, Title 7: Agriculture
Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School

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Pesticide Management
Center for Integrated Pest Management
National Science Foundation
NSFCIPM was established in 1991 to serve a lead role in technology development, program implementation, training, and public awareness for IPM at the state, regional, and national level.

Integrated Pest Management Training Program
Michigan Department of Agriculture
Training program for those involved in the application of pesticides in schools, public buildings, and health care facilities.

USDA Regional Pest Management Centers Information System
U.S. Department of Agriculture
This site provides information about commodities, pests and pest management practices, people and issues in the U.S.

Virtual Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory
Purdue University
Provides rapid and accurate identification of pests and problems associated with plants, as well as other types of vertebrate and invertebrate pests.

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Publications
AgLetter
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
AgLetter is a quarterly newsletter reporting on agricultural developments in the nation and the Seventh Federal Reserve District.

AMS Market News
U.S. Department of Agriculture
These reports provide up-to-the-minute information on commodity prices, demand, movement, volume and quality.

Exploring Sustainability in Agriculture
Sustainable Agriculture Network, U.S. Department of Agriculture
"Exploring Sustainability in Agriculture" defines sustainable agriculture by providing snapshots of different producers who apply sustainable principles on their farms and ranches.

Indiana OCA Publications
Illinois Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture
A collection of references from the OCA's Indiana Land Resources Council.

MDA Publications
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Listing of all online and downloadable publications by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
The MISA has several publications, including the Sustainable Agriculture newsletter and Whole Farm Planning.

Products Catalogue
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
Links to the Ministry's products, publications and newsletters.

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Research
Aquaculture and Seafood Safety
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Overview of aquaculture with a focus on seafood safety in the Great Lakes region.

Aquaculture Research
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program
Program aims at developing innovative aquaculture strategies that complement the fishery management needs for human food production.

Education and Research
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
Information on risk assessment studies and research publications.

Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research
University of Illinois
C-FAT aims at securing additional resources to adequately fund relevant and high-quality research and related outreach programs that lead to profitable, consumer-sensitive and environmentally sound food and agricultural systems in Illinois and the nation.

Long-Term Ecological Research in Row-Crop Agriculture
W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University
The center's research is directed towards understanding ecological interactions underlying the productivity of both annual and perennial crops.

Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
Ohio State University
OARDC conducts research to benefit agriculture, Ohio's top industry, and to benefit food processing, value-added products, economics, nutrition, environmental quality and more.

Research and Business Development
National Corn Growers Association
NCGA corn research programs are focused on three main areas to fully leverage available funding to create processes that expand the potential of corn usage and develop profit opportunities for U.S. corn growers.

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State and Provincial Resources
ILLINOIS
Department Contact Information
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Information on how to contact the Department of Agriculture via phone, email or mail.

INDIANA
Indiana Agriculture Book (PDF)
Indiana Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture
An annual overview of Indiana's agricultural industry.

MICHIGAN
Agribusiness
Michigan Department of Agriculture
Designed for the agricultural industry, the site provides information on starting a business, training, exporting, complying with state law and regulation.

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
The MISA has several publications, including the Sustainable Agriculture newsletter and Whole Farm Planning.

ONTARIO
Agriculture Issues
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is currently working on over 100 issues that affect the agricultural community.

Foodland Forum On-Line
Ontario AgRadio Network
Provides daily agri-business and market information produced specifically for Ontario's agricultural and rural communities.

WISCONSIN
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
University of Wisconsin-Madison
CIAS is a research center whose work includes agriculture production and marketing, specialty crops, regional food systems, and pesticide use and risk reduction.

Small Business/Agriculture
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
Information on funding programs and loans available to Wisconsin farmers.

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Statistics
National Agricultural Statistics Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
NASS conducts surveys and prepares reports covering virtually every facet of U.S. agriculture.

State Fact Sheets
Economic Research Service, USDA
State fact sheets provide information on population, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for each state in the United States.

ILLINOIS
Illinois Agricultural Statistics
Illinois Department of Agriculture
The Service prepares and issues official USDA estimates that include acres planted and harvested, yield per acre and production of the major crops, number of livestock on farms, livestock products, stocks of agricultural commodities, value and utilization of farm products, prices received and paid by farmers, and cost of producing crop and livestock commodities.

MICHIGAN
Michigan Agriculture Statistics
Michigan Department of Agriculture
Information and links to the Michigan Agriculture Statistics Service and the National Agriculture Statistics Service.

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Agricultural Statistics
Minnesota Department of Agriculture

NEW YORK
Agricultural Statistics
NY Department of Agriculture

ONTARIO
Crops Index page
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
Information on crop related topics, resources, and services.

Information & Resources
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
Links to statistics, news, legislation and more.

PENNSYLVANIA
Statistics Homepage
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Provides an accurate, unbiased picture of Pennsylvania's agriculture.

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Sustainable Agriculture
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
U.S. Department of Agriculture
provides access to sustainable agriculture information, new uses for traditional crops, crops grown as raw materials for industrial production and the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

Energy and Sustainable Agriculture Program
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
The program demonstrates and promotes alternative practices which are energy efficient, environmentally sound, profitable and which enhance the self-sufficiency of Minnesota farmers.

Midwest Organic Alliance
Encourages the reduction of environmentally-harmful agricultural chemicals used in food production in the midwest, including Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
The MISA has several publications, including the Sustainable Agriculture newsletter and Whole Farm Planning.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Agriculture
GLIN: Biomass Energy in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Land Use in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Pollution Prevention in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Soil Erosion in the Great Lakes Region

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