Planning for Sustainable Agriculture in the Central Valley of California
This project will develop and test a computer-based resource and land
use decision making tool for use by local governments, and distribute it
appropriate training. Collaborators: The Regents of the University of
California, Davis, CA,California Cattlemen's Association; American Farmland
Trust; Local Government Commission; California Department of Forestry and
Fire Protection - $300,000
Contact: Bob Sams (916) 754-8539 Program Contact: Robert Johnston
From: Ed Damman <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Thursday, September 17, 1998 12:25 AM
Subject: Request for information from recent subscriber
>Iím Ed Damman, a graduate student from Iowa State University, and last week
>subscribed to this listserv as a resource for a graduate class in Agronomy
>entitled Advanced Issues in Sustainable Agriculture. I have thoroughly
>the vast array of topics covered in the past 50 or so posts.
>Each year, the students in the Agronomy 550 course create a class project.
>Last year's class created a research article (which they are still putting
>finishing touches on) that will be submitted for publication.
>This year's class would like to develop a computer model for determining
>sustainability of a farm or farming practice. We plan to create the model
>spreadsheet, see if the formula is workable, then create a web based system
>which would query the users for input, and provide a calculated analysis.
>We realize there is no magic formula, and that this task may be both
>and naive, but we are excited in using this goal as a learning experience
>research issues in sustainable agriculture. Some (perhaps many) may see
>as foolhardy, but we would like to explore many possibilities before we
>the conclusion that this is an unattainable goal. We will probably limit
>selves to a Midwestern based farming system in an effort to narrow our
>I have two basic questions of the subscribers of this listserv.
>First: Has someone else already done something similar on the web, thereby
>reducing our contribution to the body of knowledge?
>Iím relatively knowledgeable in utilizing search engines, plus have a fair
>amount of intuition in searching related sites, and in several hours of
>turned up absolutely nothing.
>Secondly: On the advise of our professor (Dr. Ricardo Salvador), I began
>search for basic spreadsheet based tools, which we could utilize at the
>level of our model building. Although this search was not as exhaustive as
>first, I still was unable to find any resources, however I suspect there
>some in existence.
>Could anyone point me (and our class) to any resources involving computer
>modeling in sustainable agriculture?
>I would not ask a question such as this without first doing some research,
>have checked obvious sources like the WWW Virtual Library in Sustainable
>Agriculture, the SARE.ORG site and the SA-NET archives. I did get a few
>glimmers of hope in the SA-NET archives, but I have not been able to follow
>them through to any productive information yet.
>On behalf of the Agronomy 550 class (Advanced Issues in Sustainable
>Agriculture) at Iowa State University, thank you for any help you can
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