Many states are becoming attractive destinations for intensive production of livestock and poultry. County stricter state and federal environmental regulations are forcing all industries to be better stewards of natural resources. Is likely to focus on agriculture by consumers, environmentalists and regulators will increase.
This will create opportunities to improve agricultural systems, water quality and fertilizer practices and environmental management.
Farmers across the country are constantly confronted with the real and perceived problems associated with the production of food and fiber in an environmentally sustainable manner. Most of the time, solutions to these problems can not be considered until the producers realized they approach professional service providers, as a specialist and Extension agent, private consulting firms, and other state and federal field staff.
For these service providers, the answers may not be readily available. Often referred to special bodies of knowledge in order to find the solution. Traditionally and usually, this “body of knowledge” can be books or any other similar documentation. Therefore, it is easy to imagine many sifted through a solution documents.
Cooperative Extension, as a provider of professional services, are facing increasing economic and environmental pressure of competition, government, and rapidly changing technology. These restrictions have led to the extension asking fewer employees, often with fewer resources, to achieve more. These pressures are not going away. Providing good service is no longer “good enough.”
Extension professionals must adapt a paradigm of quality, consistent with enhanced everything and everyone in the system. By adopting the approach of quality of our services, the extension will begin to move toward being a provider of world class services. As part of this transformation, extension professionals should appreciate that service providers have world class world class processes. A tool for process improvement within the extension is an enterprise information system.
Information System (AEMIS) Environmental Management and Agriculture Utah State University is similar to the work done by the Department of Water Resources of the State of Idaho. AEMIS is an information system of the company that provides efficient and accurate access to the latest theories about manure management, methods and tools for the livestock industry and poultry information.
The core objective AEMIS is valuable information to address the issues of manure management methods and sensitive to the environment of the reduction in place, reusing and recycling. This information was developed, peer-reviewed and pilot tested by agricultural experts from around the country. It is very beneficial to farmers efficiently addressing the real problems associated with the production of food and fiber, and can help farmers develop sustainable production systems with the environment.
The information has been migrated to the tables after being analyzed. The information is stored on a Web server in a format of relational database, which allows easy retrieval. Material recovery is through web-based technologies that include a navigation system, a query builder, and search engine keywords.
The navigation system (Figure 1) allows the user to navigate through the information that is available through the use of drop down menus and then clicking on the appropriate links to the relevant topics. This gives the user a choice of having a wide to the content of information, unlike the other options that can allow the user to hunt for little down the information needed look. As shown in Figure 1, the user is able to see all the modules of the following information on the top menu bar, showing the classes under that particular module.
With the Query Builder, a user can create a query step by step by narrowing to a particular sub-item on the subject. The user can build a query, the response that is generated from the database. While building a query, the user can scroll through all levels of information.
Figure 2 shows when a user has come to the level of content of the query builder. Elements seen in the dropdown list are just under the Open Lesson lot stormwater management options, which was selected as one of the many items on the storage modulus of manure and Treatment. At the launch of the consultation, the information on that topic along with links to all subtopics are presented.
A third part of the system is the search engine, which takes the user to a more specific search tool. Allows the user to search the entire database by specifying the keyword (s) search. Figure 3 shows the system after scanning the entire database and displays all topic titles containing the keyword (s). The titles are sorted by the relevance of the keyword in the text. Clicking the link, the full text of the item is shown with highlighted keywords. Thus, the user is presented with all the information available on the subject in the database.
One option to do an advanced search gives users through advanced search link seen in Figure 3 This allows the user to refine your search, which, by default, the search is performed by at least one of the many words typed by the user in the database. The advanced search gives the user two options – find the exact phrase and search for all words.
The system will help producers and their advisors facilitate planning, control, monitoring, action steps, audits and corrective review activities to ensure both that environmental policy is complied with and that the management system of the environment agriculture remains appropriate. With its wealth of information, this product can successfully provide access to sound, science-based information that is key to the implementation of the principles of good environmental stewardship among farmers, advisers and policy makers.