Thursday, April 9, 2009

"Grow your soup": Donate seeds with a click!

When you visit and click on "GROW," Campbell Soup Co. will donate 50 seeds to Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters across the country.

Plus, each can of condensed soup has a code that you can enter on the site to receive a free packet of tomato seeds to grow at home. The campaign lasts through June 21 and you can click every day!

Community Projects

Along with a group called Urban Farming, Campbell is partnering with FFA chapters to plant community gardens in New York, NY (April 16); Atlanta, GA (April 21); Camden, NJ (May 2); Chicago, IL (May 12) and Detroit, MI (May 20).

Campbell is also working with FFA to help restore five barns in Clackamas, OR; Cherryvale, KS; Reddick, IL; Nashville, TN and Corfu, NY.

White papers and pre-prints

Working papers, white papers, gray literature, pre-prints, technical reports, conference presentations...

There's a wealth of research publications that don't fall into the categories of "journal article" or "book" -

ASABE Technical Library

Publications of the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers:
  • Standards, meeting papers, conference proceedings, lecture series, journals, and more
Conference Papers Index

Index to presentations from such conferences as:
  • Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science
  • Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America
  • Congress of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology
  • International Plant Protection Congress
  • Symposium on Horticulture in Europe
  • Symposium on Insect-Plant Relationships
NTIS (National Technical Information Service)

Published results of U.S. federally-funded research, such as:
  • Documentation and User Guides for SPBLOB: A Computer Simulation Model of the Joint Population Dynamics for Loblolly Pine and the Southern Pine Beetle (Forest Service)
  • Honey (National Agricultural Statistics Service)
  • Invasive Species Databases: Proceedings of a Workshop held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 12-13, 1998
  • National Plant Genome Initiative: 2009-2013 (National Science and Technology Council)
  • Rice: Situation and Outlook Yearbook 2008 (Economic Research Service)
  • Soybean Rust: A Rising Star in Phytopathology (Department of Energy, Joint Genome Inst.)
Arxiv E-prints

The Quantitative Biology subject area includes subcategories for:
Science Accelerator

Publications of the U.S. Department of Energy, such as:
  • Bioenergy Alliance high-tonnage bioenergy crop production and conversion into conventional fuels
  • Bioenergy Feedstock Development Program status report
  • Development of a nematode biocontrol agent for agriculture
  • Microbially derived agriculture crop protection products
SSRN (Social Science Research Network)

Focus on socioeconomics, but still a source of plant and insect research such as:
  • Actual Crop Water Use in Project Countries: A Synthesis at the Regional Level (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4288)
  • Analysis of Crop Choice: Adapting to Climate Change in Latin American Farms (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4162)
  • Conserving Crop Genetic Resources on Smallholder Farms in Hungary: Institutional Analysis (FEEM Working Paper No. 63.04)
  • Crop Diversification in Orissa: A Spatio-Temporal Analysis (Jawaharlal Nehru University Working Paper Series)
  • Insect Resistance Management for Bt Corn: An Assessment of Community Refuge Schemes (AgBioForum)
  • Trends in Australian Agriculture (Productivity Commission Research Paper)