Purdue and Ohio State universities have redesigned the website of their Ag Answers news service, adding capability for multimedia components and other resources to help farmers better manage their crops, livestock and marketplace transactions.
Ag Answers, a partnership between the Extension services of both universities since 1995, provides timely agricultural problem-solving advice for farmers involved in production agriculture, small farms, horticulture and local foods.
The resigned site, at http://www.aganswers.net, was launched Monday (April 1).
“In redesigning the Ag Answers website, we wanted to keep the readers at the forefront of our decisions,” said Jennifer Stewart, Ag Answers editor. “They can expect the same research-based production agriculture news stories they’ve always enjoyed, plus additional, new resources they can draw upon to make their livelihood more efficient and productive.”
Anyone can access the site, and subscribers also receive the news by email. The service is free.
With the launch of the new design, stories now will be posted daily Tuesday through Friday instead of the previous twice weekly.
The site, previously limited to text and audio, now can display video and photographic images that will help further explain and illustrate stories posted to the site by agriculture writers from both universities.
Also new to the site is a section highlighting the latest Extension and other university publications on specific topics and a section for Ag Answers followers on Twitter.
Retained from the previous site are sections that give visitors access to recent Ag Answers stories, older stories in the service’s archive, a calendar of workshops and other events, and links to other resources.