LandCAN Toolbox

Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds, Bird Guide

 

Cover Crop Economics Tool

The Cover Crop Economics Tool is a user-friendly economic assessment tool to assess the costs and benefits of incorporating cover crops into a crop rotation. The tool assesses both the short term and long term expected costs and benefits. For questions, please contact Bryon Kirwan, bryon.kirwan@il.usda.gov.

Download: Cover Crop Economics Tool

 

Crop Insurance In America

Crop Insurance Keeps America Growing. Learn about crop insurance, how to find local crop insurance providers, news updates, and hear real stories from farmers. Click Here. 
 

CropManage

CropManage: University of California Cooperative Extension has created a new website for farmers that will help save money and protect the environment. CropManage contains a wealth of UC research allowing farmers to quickly calculate the precise fertilizer and water needs of their crops. This will optimize plant growth, minimize over fertilization that leads to groundwater contamination, and prevent over pumping of wells that leads to sea water intrusion into the aquifer. Create an Account here. 

 

CSA Toolbox

CSAtoolbox.com owner, David Haynes, started assisting the largest CSA in Utah in 2006. He worked to effectively manage and communicate with their ever growing customer base. With this knowledge he has learned what the farmer needs. That is why he has put together CSAtoolbox.com. It has a vast array of tools designed specifically for the CSA farmer.

With the tools offered on this site you can communicate easily with your customers, quickly do your paperwork and handle your billing, take payments and contact only those members you want to notify. This will help you cut down on the time spent in the office allowing you to do what you enjoy, farming. We have tips and ideas that will help you to increase your income with the crops you are already growing.

This Toolbox is excellent for medium to large CSA farmers. You don't even need a web site to use this service. You can also link your website directly to the Toolbox if you desier. If you don't have a website but want one we can help there, too.

We have everything you need to eliminate many of the spring time paper work. We are here to help you, the farmer, get the most out of your hard work.

For more information or to sign up, go to our website or contact David Haynes: 801-548-4884 or David@CSAtoolbox.com.
 

 

Current Conditions for Arkansas: Water Quality

 

Cut Electricity Costs

This site offers advice on how to save money by saving energy. Learn proven tips that cost nothing to implement and require very little lifestyle change that have the potential of cutting your electric bill significantly. For the more energy conscious homeowner, there are discussions on more advanced topics like residential wind power, home solar energy, and low energy lighting. Be green and save green! Click here.

 

Density and Disturbance Calculation Tool

In Wyoming, landowners can use this tool to evaluate disturbance percentages, location, and number of disturbances of suitable sage-grouse habitat within the area affected by a project. The maximum disturbance allowed will be examined via a Density/Disturbance Calculation Tool (DDCT) process conducted by the Federal Land Management Agency on federal Land and the project proponent on non-federal (private, state) land. Click here.

 

Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora

Virginia Botanical AssociatesThe Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora is the online successor to the Atlas of the Virginia Flora, which was published in three hard-copy editions between 1977 and 1992. Although it is still a work in progress in many respects, the Digital Atlas contains the most comprehensive information available on the geographic distribution of vascular plants in the Commonwealth. The data provided in the Digital Atlas and its predecessors is based on the iterative evaluation of voucher specimens housed in both Virginia and out-of-state herbaria. Holdings in the herbaria of Virginia Tech (VPI), The College of William & Mary (WILLI), Longwood University (FARM), George Mason University (GMUF), Lynchburg College (LYN), Virginia Military Institute (VMIL), Old Dominion University (ODU), University of Richmond (URV), Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), James Madison University (JMUH), Randolph-Macon College (RMWC), Radford University (RUHV), Bridgewater College (BDWR), and several smaller institutions total about 574,000 specimens. These, plus the very large Virginia holdings of the Smithsonian Institution United States National Herbarium (US), Harvard University’s Gray Herbarium (GH), the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences (PH), the New York Botanical Garden (NY), the University of North Carolina (NCU), and West Virginia University (WVA) provide the great majority of the documentation for the county distributions now mapped.

With the publication of the Flora of Virginia in December, 2012, The Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora has become not only an essential phytogeographic companion for users of the manual, but an even more important tool for updating both distributional and taxonomic information. The digital format allows for continual updating of distributional records, as well as numerous issues regarding taxonomy and nomenclature that remain unresolved and subject to change. Both the Flora and The Digital Atlas include numerous subspecific taxa and species splits that were not included in Atlas of the Virginia Flora, 3rd ed. (referred to as Atlas III). While many of these could be mapped with information on hand, many others could not without revisiting the herbarium specimens from which the original records were derived. With Virginia’s herbarium resources being so widely scattered, this endeavor will go on for years. In the meantime, a few maps remain placeholders, while others are only partly populated. New information and taxonomic/nomenclatural changes will be added as they become known.

Virginia Botanical Associates. (2015). Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora (http://www.vaplantatlas.org). c/o Virginia Botanical Associates, Blacksburg. [Accessed: January 7, 2015]

 

Don’t Move Firewood

Trees are being destroyed through the transportation of invasive insects & diseases in firewood. One of the most important things we can do to protect trees is stop moving invasive pests and diseases to new areas on firewood. It’s really that simple- don't move firewood, and keep trees healthy and alive. Forests are great places to play, but they also keep our air clean and our water pure. We must protect them by not moving firewood, so our kids, grandkids and great-grandkids can enjoy these amazing places like we do.

The Don't Move Firewood campaign is managed on a day-to-day basis by The Nature Conservancy's Forest Health Protection Program staff. Don't Move Firewood as a whole was begun, and is advised, by the Continental Dialogue on Non-native Insects and Diseases. To learn more, visit our About Us page. To see how we are funded, visit our Funding page. Visit http://www.dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

 

Driftwatch - a tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and habitats

Driftwatch™ is a tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and habitats in Nebraska. Managers of ecologically sensitive areas and owners of commercial fields and apiaries may register. The Driftwatch™ registry is intended for commercial sites that are at least a half-acre in Indiana Minnesota Michigan Illinois Wisconsin Montana Nebraska Colorado Missouri It is not intended for homeowners.

Driftwatch™ was designed by staff from the Purdue University Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Agricultural Communications departments with input and support from Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists.

The Driftwatch site is meant to help pesticide applicators, specialty crop growers, and stewards of at-risk habitats in Nebraska communicate more effectively to protect pesticide-sensitive areas. The DriftWatch map is designed to display sensitive commercial agricultural areas. Driftwatch is not intended to be a registry for homeowners or sites less than half an acre.

This site features an easy-to-use Google Maps™ interface that clearly shows applicators the locations of registered areas so they can take the appropriate precautions before they spray. It's important to remember that the lines on the maps are not property lines; they merely indicate approximate positions of sensitive lands submitted to us. Sensitive crop areas registered on this site include beehives, certified organic crops, fruits, grapes, nursery crops, pumpkins, melons, tomatoes, and vegetables.

 

Drinking Water Watch Database - State of Louisiana

Louisiana mapThe Department of Health and Hospitals' Office of Public Health - Safe Drinking Water Program monitors the 1,403 public drinking water systems throughout Louisiana to ensure compliance with state and federal drinking water regulations so residents, visitors and tourists have access to safe, clean water.
 
Safe Drinking Water Program staff collect, analyze and review water system samples to ensure each system does not violate contaminant levels and is meeting monitoring, analytical and treatment technique requirements. This surveillance helps prevent waterborne disease outbreaks or chemical exposure associated with contaminated drinking water.
 
The program's Drinking Water Watch database shows all historical reports of public water systems in Louisiana. Drinking Water Watch contains all inventory, analytical, compliance and enforcement data. Through this database, you can access public records for these water systems at no cost.

 

Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center(EFETAC)- Forest Threat Summary Viewer

MaxPatch.pngThe Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center was established as part of the USDA Forest Service's program under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, and is part of a network of early warning activities established by the Forest Service nationwide.The mission of the Eastern Threat Center is to generate, integrate, and apply knowledge to predict, detect, and assess environmental threats to public and private forests of the east, and to deliver this knowledge to managers in ways that are timely, useful, and user friendly. Center staff members are located in Asheville, Raleigh, and Research Triangle Park, NC, and have regional, national, and international responsibilities.

The Forest Threat Summary Viewer provides images, distribution maps, web links, extension and state contact information, and brief and detailed descriptions about specific forest threats in the eastern United States. The viewer is a user-friendly, Web-based tool searchable by forest threat (e.g., hemlock woolly adelgid) or by State. Threats are categorized by today’s familiar forest concerns, including invasive plants, insects and diseases, loss of open space, climate change, and wildland fire. This initial version of the multi-phased tool will be continually updated with environmental threats as well as additional search features.
 

Eco alerts by region - Texas

 

Invasive species are causing economic and environmental damage throughout Texas. Click on your ecoregion to find out about the threats in your area.

 

EcoTrust Forest Planner

Ecotrust has created the Forest Planner to give forest management scenario planning capacity to all Oregon and Washington land managers. Users will be able to visualize alternative management scenarios on your lands and receive immediate feedback on how decisions might pay off in terms of timber harvests and financial returns, as well as public benefits like carbon storage and ecosystem services.

 

EDDMapS - Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System

EDDMapS is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution. It is fast, easy to use and doesn't require Geographic Information Systems experience. Launched in 2005 by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia, it was originally designed as a tool for state Exotic Pest Plant Councils to develop more complete distribution data of invasive species.

EDDMapS goal is to maximize the effectiveness and accessibility of the immense numbers of invasive species observations recorded each year. As of May 2013, EDDMapS has over 1.9 million records.

EDDMapS combines data from other databases and organizations as well as volunteer observations to create a national network of invasive species distribution data that is shared with educators, land managers, conservation biologists, and beyond. This data will become the foundation for a better understanding of invasive species distribution around the world.

Why do we care?
The biological pollution caused by invasive species is extremely challenging, because even if we never import another non-native species, the ones already invading our native ecosystems will continue to grow and spread. We must actively seek solutions to control or eradicate the species which are problems already or have the potential to become problems.

How does it work?
EDDMapS documents the presence of invasive species. A simple, interactive Web interface engages participants to submit their observations or view results through interactive queries into the EDDMapS database. EDDMapS encourages users to participate by providing Internet tools that maintain their personal records and enable them to visualize data with interactive maps.

Users simply enter information from their observations into the standardized on-line data form, which allows specific information about the infestation and images to be added. Data entered is immediately loaded to the Website, allowing real time tracking of species. Being able to see the current data of a species as it moves into a new area helps to facilitate Early Detection and Rapid Response programs (EDRR). EDRR programs help stop or control an invasive species before it becomes an unmanageable problem.

All data is reviewed by state verifiers to ensure all data is accurate. The data is made freely available to scientists, researchers, land managers, land owners, educators, conservationists, ecologists, farmers, foresters, state and national parks.
 

Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) Lender Database

 

Events and Conferences for Farmers

 Western Farm Press provides a list of events and conferences for farmers in the western states. Click here. 
 

Farm and Dairy Agri-Book

Farm and Dairy Agri-Book contains a catalog of Agribusinesses as well as Regional, State, Local Listings of Agri-Bureaus, Agencies, Associations and Organizations (Government and Private Sectors). Click here.

 

Farmland Information Center (FIC)