Reclamation & Irrigation of Farm Land w/Organic Farming


S 605.5 Organic Farming. Organic Agriculture

InterGarden(c): Organic Agriculture, Farmscaping, Permaculture & Bioregionalism

InterGarden(c): Organic Agriculture, Farmscaping, Permaculture and Bioregionalism is a directory to WWW information resources in these areas of science and agriculture. Users will find that the site is divided into four major areas, each of which contains several topics. In turn, each of the topics' titles is a direct link to that respective site on the WWW.
The first division, "Information sources, " offers sites in several areas. Forums, links, lists, and newsgroups are accessible under "permaculture" for those interested in this topic. "Agriculture and related subjects" offers two lists; the first includes sixty topics, whose links reflect full text formats. A second lists reveals twelve topics available in HTML format. In either case, selecting a topic will then open a compilation of WWW links. "Environment and community" reflects master links and online resources, especially in the area of bioregionalism. Research, medicine, and folklore sites are found under the "herbs" heading. "Renewable energy" and "FAQ's and other documents on gardening" reveal discussion forums, articles, and other resources. FTP directories can be located under the "downloadable information" topic; the site's homepage is found within the last topic of this area. In all cases, titles are direct links to the WWW.
The site's second major division is titled "Discussions forums." Here, users can access forums, lists, nwsgroups, a calendar, and a resource exchange. The "Links" site division offers WWW connections to the following subjects: (1) agriculture and bioscience; (2) archives of references to links; (3) permaculture; (4) environment and community; (5) renewable energy; (6) adding URL's; and (7) browsing new links. The final site division, "Other resources" includes a library, weather information, WWW search engine access, software, access to sunSITE and PIEDMONT COMMUNITIES ONLINE, as well as an area for comments.
The site is maintained by Sun Software, Information, and Technology Exchange (SunSite); the University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
To Search:
Browse through site divisions on main page. Select topic of interest to view WWW site listings. In all cases, titles are direct links to their respective sites on the WWW.

S 612 Periodicals. Societies. Serials

Arid Lands Newsletter

The Arid Lands Newsletter is a publication of the Office of Arid Lands Studies (OALS), within the College of Agriculture at the University of Arizona in Tucson. OALS is a "...multidisciplinary teaching, research, and information unit...[that] conducts [programs which] address local, state, and international problems relating to understanding, regenerating, and managing the world's arid lands."
Specifically, the newsletter and OALS reflect the following research activities: economic botany; remote sensing; natural resources development and management; desertification monitoring and control; water and energy conservation; farming systems research; technology transfer; land use planning; and economic development services for the state of Arizona.
Within the site, newsletter issues are listed chronologically. Selecting an issue title produces its table of contents. Each article's title is its link to the text within the site. At the bottom of each issue page are instructions for submitting articles, sending comments to the editor (via e-mail or by letter), as well as for electronic subscription to the newsletter.
The site is maintained by Katherine Waser, Editor; Office of Arid Lands Studies, the University of Arizona; Tucson, Arizona.
To Search:
Select desired issue from main page listing. Selection of article title activates viewing of contents.

S 612.3 Directories

IALC Directory of Arid Lands Researchers

The IALC Directory of Arid Lands Researchers "...lists researchers who are conducting arid lands research under the auspices of IALC [The International Arid Lands Consortium] founding member institutions. " The IALC, in turn, is "an independent, nonprofit research organization suporting ecological sustainability in arid and semiarid lands worldwide." Each of the sites' seven major links takes the user to an alphabetical listing of arid lands researchers associated with that founding member institution.
At the center of the site's homepage are the seven major links to information: (1) The Jewish National Fund, exclusively devoted to promoting arid land research at Israeli institutions; (2) New Mexico State University; (3) The Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station; (4) South Dakota State University; (5) Texas A & M University --Kingsville; (6) The University of Arizona; and (7) the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. At the bottom of the site's homepage are links to further information on the IALC, through access to its homepage, newsletter, and newsletter index.
Upon selecting one of the seven major links, the user's screen will display an alphabetical listing of participating researchers, organized by their last names. Selecting a name from the list then opens the corresponding records. These, in turn, reveal: the researcher's name; title; associated institution; business address; phone, fax, and e-mail information; research interests; and current research projects. This record form is consistent throughout all seven categories.
The site is maintained by Katherine Waser; the Office of Arid Lands Studies; the University of Arizona; Tucson, Arizona.
To Search:
Select one of the seven major links from site's main page. Then select name of interest to view records. Links to IALC homepage and publications at bottom of contents listings.

S 612.4 Dictionaries.Encyclopedias


Aquastat is an "...information system on water in agriculture and rural development...," a division of the Land and Water Development Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The database "...produces regional analyses and country profiles on water resources development, with emphasis on irrigation and drainage." The present data focuses solely on African nations and is accessible in English, French, and Spanish versions.
Within the site's main page, a user will find general site information in English, French, and Spanish versions. Within each section, the same links are noted: (1) table of contents; (2) new area; (3) detailed site information (via database name); and (4) Land and Water Development Division. To search the database, a user should select the table of contents link; a list of six topics is then displayed: (1) what is AQUASTAT; (2) irrigation in Africa in figures; (3) presentation of survey; (4) general summary; (5) country profiles; and (6) indicators and definitions.
"What is AQUASTAT" reveals general site information; "irrigation in Africa in figures" offers links to a copy of the FAO survey, to a summary of survey data, to 53 African country profiles, and to the indicators section. Selecting a topic directly accesses the applicable information. "Presentation of survey" offers details on the contents, goals, and implementation of the FAO survey of African nations. "General summary" discusses water resources in seven major African regions, comprising the 53 participating FAO nations. Users should scroll to view the text and its tables. "Country profiles" provides access to an alphabetical index; letters noted in parentheses next to a country name denote the language of the profile. Users should select a letter category and a country name to view its profile, which features both tables and text. "Indicators" defines the values found in profile tables and the purpose of said tables. "Definitions" explains the terminology found in FAO surveys within the site.
At the bottom of the site's main page is a link to e-mail the Land and Water Development Division of the FAO. The site is sponsored by said division; FAO; Rome, Italy.
To Search:
Select "table of contents" link; select topic of choice. Scroll to view documents. To view nation profile, select letter category and country name.