The number of agricultural-related businesses and services finding their way on to the Internet seems to multiply almost on a daily basis.
While there are a multitude of Websites competing for your attention, we've found three new sites you may want to consider visiting. One site offers rice cooking tips and recipes, another caters its information to rice producers, and the third is an online agricultural chemical dealer.
The USA Rice Federation's recipe Website, Ricecafe.com, is reportedly attracting more than 1,400 visitors each day, as technology begins to influence the way consumers cook.
According to a recent survey by the National Pork Producers Council, cookbook sales are down while the use of the Internet to find recipes is up.
Improvements to the rice cafe Website are continually being made as the USA Rice Federation adds new material and improves the overall design and navigational qualities of the site. Recent additions include a new kid's section and press area, football party recipes and tips, a National Rice Month section, and entertaining tips.
Promising user-friendly, accurate rice market information, www.riceonline.com, says it is the Internet homepage for the world rice industry.
"The superior quality of our market information is what sets up apart in this field," says Mark Creed, president and chief executive officer of RiceOnline, Inc. "Anyone can develop a Website, but our viewers tell us they return to our site daily, because our information is literally up-to-the-minute."
The free Website offers news and information, USDA crop reports, a calendar of events, and links to agricultural associations, rice mills, exports and traders, and agribusinesses.
RiceOnline.com is an affiliated company developed by the Houston-based, rice brokerage firm Creed Rice, Co., Inc.
Billing itself as "your number one source for agricultural chemicals," Hanshaw Commission Company of Jonesboro, Ark., locates pesticides for its online customers.
The company's Internet homepage at, www.hanshawcom.com, features information about the company, a list of chemicals the company has available for sale, and a list of those chemicals the company's customers are interested in purchasing.
On a recent visit to the Website, we found an offer for the sale of Command 3ME for $49.25 per gallon and Poast for $50 per gallon. In both cases, minimum purchase amounts were required and shipping charges were additional. A number of other agricultural chemicals were also listed for sale on the Website, but required potential customers to call for pricing information.