EDITOR'S NOTE — Agribusiness companies are embracing World Wide Web technology to establish or update Internet Websites which provide information pertaining to a firm's products and services. While it would be next to impossible to list all ag-related Websites, the editors at Farm Press will periodically provide a general description of updates or new sites coming online to give our readers an idea of what might be found at a given location.

Examples follow.

  • www.mathewscompany.com — The Matthews Company designed this site to offer useful product information to potential customers and provide service and reference materials that are important to current customers. For example, the Internet provides the opportunity to offer customers quick and easy access to simple grain drying set-up and operational questions, regardless of the time of day or day of the week.

  • www.quickfarm.com — QuickFarm, a South Carolina-based company, created this Website to enable farmers to bid on and purchase farm inputs such as seed, fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides via a fully integrated online exchange.

  • www.machinerylink.com — Allows farmers to evaluate equipment needs and expenses when making a machinery purchase. The MachineryLink Website features a number of tools for helping farmers economically evaluate their machinery needs, allowing them to make the most informative selection.

  • Powerfarm.com — Has teamed up with nearly every agricultural brand leader to offer farmers the most extensive and powerful agricultural e-commerce site today. It is a true one-stop shop for crop inputs, flexible financing, crop insurance, agricultural consulting services; along with headline ag news, market quotes and weather.

  • www.ForTheFarm.com — Has introduced local cash grain quotes, an improved local weather package and enhanced exchange coverage including CBOT, KCBOT, and CME. The improvements enhance farmers' ability to access information that directly affects their marketing and planning processes. The Wisconsin-based company has recently teamed with MachineryLink, Inc., in an agreement to greatly expand machinery classified ads for both companies.

  • www.rooster.com — Allows agricultural producers to market crops and purchase seed, fertilizer, crop protection products, equipment and other supplies through their local retailer's Rooster.com eBusiness Center. A joint venture of Cargill Inc., Dupont and Cenex Harvest States.

  • www.theagzone.com — Is a leading information technology enabler for the agricultural industry. The AgZone's mission is to provide the ag industry with business-specific technologies to support farmers, ranchers and their suppliers. The mission is to support existing trading relationships to reduce costs and increase profitability of supply chain participants.

  • www.agex.com — Features a trading floor for global rice sales. Also has sites for dried beans, chickpeas, lentils and similar products.

  • www.EarthScan.com — In response to customer requests, EarthScan Network has added geo-registration abilities to its online products. The ability to synchronize satellite imagery with yield monitor data and GPS mapping is made easy by using this tool to index a known point's latitude and longitude. This allows users to seamlessly integrate EarthScan imagery into their existing analysis software.

  • www.dchain.com — Southern Marketing Affiliates (SMA) of Jonesboro, Ark., has joined with dChain Commerce, Inc., on this Website. SMA's e-commerce thrust features an aggregated catalog of all SMA supplier parts, customized order entry, tracking for all SMA-dealer customers, on-line content and marketing programs for SMA's eMarketplace.

  • www.farms.com — Farms.com has launched a new customizable Website integrating business decision support tools and marketplaces to improve a producer's bottom line.

    This new site offers in-depth analysis of market information through support tools that include regular market commentaries from a business alliance with Sparks Companies.

  • CattleSale.com — Is a leading on-line livestock marketing service that was designed by cattle producers and buyers for cattle producers and buyers. Offers stocker and feeder cattle, dairy and breeding stock and shelf cattle.

  • www.ecotton.com — Provides a neutral marketplace that directly links buyers and sellers of cotton and cottonseed. Features online trading, news, information and weather.

  • www.cybercrop.com — An online cash grain exchange for corn, soybeans and wheat. Free access for grain producers. Buyers such as processors, elevators, feedlots and flour mills pay a transaction fee.

  • www.Xsag.com _ Offers auctions of chemicals, seed and farm equipment including parts. Has a “name your price” feature similar to priceline.com for agricultural goods.

  • www.VantagePoint.com — A Website venture from John Deere, Farmland Industries and Growmark. Offers farmers dial-up-subscription access to central databases for crop mapping, yield analysis, record-keeping, crop verification tools, etc.