ERIC Number: ED239585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Information Technology for Agricultural America. Prepared for the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Research and Foreign Agriculture, 97th Congress, 2d Session. Committee Print.
Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.
This summary of the combined Hearing and Workshop on Applications of Computer-Based Information Systems and Services in Agriculture (May 19-20, 1982) offers an overview of the ways in which information technology--computers, telecommunications, microforms, word processing, video and audio devices--may be utilized by American farmers and ranchers. Governmental and private sector perceptions of the importance of providing information support to agricultural America described as well as initiatives that have been undertaken to meet the information technology needs of the agriculture industry. Following a detailed treatment of letter narratives taken from letters to the Congressional Subcommittee on Department Operations, Research, and Foreign Agriculture, the formal hearing testimonies augmented by the findings and recommendations of the workshop discussion groups are examined at length. Workshop recommendations are organized by discussion group focus: (1) private sector information services; (2) government information services: management and marketing; (3) government information field operations; (4) user requirements; (5) system implementation: hardware installation training, maintenance, software and data file modification; and (6) present and projected technology. Appendices feature complementary material including descriptions of technology-supported information services, and a list of hearing and workshop participants, information on key legislation, and a five-page reference list. (LMM)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Audiovisual Aids, Computer Oriented Programs, Government Role, Information Services, Legislation, Microfilm, Online Systems, Technological Advancement, Technology Transfer, Telecommunications, Videotex, Word Processing
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (14-795 0).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Agriculture.
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.