ERIC Number: ED298260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Year 2000 Computerized Farm Project. Final Report.
McGrann, James M.; Lippke, Lawrence A.
An ongoing project was funded to develop and demonstrate a computerized approach to operation and management of a commercial-sized farm. Other project objectives were to facilitate the demonstration of the computerized farm to the public and to develop individual software packages and make them available to the public. Project accomplishments through 1986 included development of the Stiles Farm's computerized management information system, education and training in microcomputer use, and software development and distribution. Documentation of information about the project had a number of important goals, including attracting attention of a wide audience of potential funding participants, fostering the progressive agricultural technology image of the Stiles Farm Foundation and the Texas A&M Extension Service (TAES) computerized systems, attracting participants in education and demonstration activities, and enhancing the ability of TAES to facilitate improved management through subject matter education and computer use of staff and clientele. An evaluation of results showed that (1) several areas of change on the Stiles Farm have led to direct increased income facilitated by the use of information from the management information systems, (2) participants in short courses indicated returns above course costs, and (3) software development and distribution have been accelerated through project effort. (Project materials are appended, including lists of software titles, agricultural software vendors, and 38 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Agricultural Extension Service.