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University Programs
Cal Poly
Enviromental Horticulture Dept.
Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a polytechnic university, we bring a wide range of resources to applied research and development, consulting, product testing, analytical testing, curriculum design and development, and community service, across all disciplinary areas.
Cal Poly
Soil Science Dept.
Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a polytechnic university, we bring a wide range of resources to applied research and development, consulting, product testing, analytical testing, curriculum design and development, and community service, across all disciplinary areas.
UCD Weed Research and Information Center
As a comprehensive research university UC Davis is committed to developing and sustaining leading programs in agricultural and environmental disciplines and also in engineering and veterinary medicine.
UCD Integrated Pest Management As a comprehensive research university UC Davis is committed to developing and sustaining leading programs in agricultural and environmental disciplines and also in engineering and veterinary medicine.

Journals
Crops & Soils Crops & Soils is a benefit for all holding CCA, CPAg, CPSS, and CPSC certifications. Crops & Soils is the magazine of choice for practicing professionals in agronomy, crops, and soils, is published four times a year and is focused on solutions to the daily challenges facing those working in the field and features information on new technology and products, company strategies, CEU articles and quizzes, and regulatory and industry news.
AG Professional Provides agronomic and business management solutions to full-service agricultural retailers/distributors, crop consultants, professional farm managers and CCA's/PCA's  resulting in increased production and profitability in the food, fiber and energy marketplace.
Soil Erosion and Hydroseeding This is the “hands on” journal for contractors especially those involved in hydraulic seeding. Excellent articles which while technically complete are written for all in the business.
Erosion Control EC is the Official Journal of the International Erosion Control Association.   If you’re looking for information on preventing accelerated soil erosion and minimizing sedimentation, look no further!  Published 7 times each year.
Land and Water Land and and Water is published for contractors, landscape architects, consultants and engineers, government officials and others involved in natural resource management and restoration, from idea stage through project completion and maintenance. Readers gain access to this market by publishing job-site stories, case histories, and information on the latest developments in the industry.

Plants and Grass Knowledge
USDA Plants Database The PLANTS Database includes names, checklists, automated tools, identification information, species abstracts, distributional data, crop information, plant symbols, plant growth data, plant materials information, plant links, references, and other plant information.   It is compiled and maintained by the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service.
New-Grass.org This site was originally the home of the “Hydro Turf Planters Association” now closed.  It is currently maintained by Glenn Young, a HydroMulch Contractor in the Texas area who was one of the founding members of HTPA.
Plant Search It is what it says.

Associations
IECA
GCSAA
NCGA
CWSS The California Weed Science Society provides information exchange on weed science and technology through an annual conference, publications, and other activities
ASA American Society of Agronomy, a century ago, a group of individuals interested in agronomy met in Chicago on Dec. 31, 1907, for the purpose of organizing the American Society of Agronomy to "increase the dissemination of knowledge concerning soils and crops and the conditions affecting them."
ASTM ASTM International, originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world-a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Known for their high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM International standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy.
CCA The Certified Crop Adviser Program (CCA) is one of the professional certification programs offered by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). It is a voluntary program providing a base level of standard through testing and raising that standard through continuing education.

Generic Knowledge
MacRAE's Blue Book America's original industrial directory since 1893, MacRAE’S is where today’s industrial buyers go to find the exact product or service they need, when they need it. Using its powerful search features, users unlock information on over 500,000 North American industrial companies with more than 2 million product listings indexed under more than 50,000 product headings.
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Wikipedia.org Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia project. The name Wikipedia is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a type of collaborative website) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia's articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world. Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference Web sites. There are more than 75,000 active contributors working on some 9,000,000 articles in more than 250 languages.
Dictionary.com

Great FREE Software and Computer Helpers
Firefox Firefox is a great free internet browser with nigh countless add-ons. If you can think of a function you wish your browser could perform, odds are that Firefox has a plugin that does it.
CCleaner and Defraggler CCleaner is a utility that cleans the junk out of your PC. It securely deletes files (using a standard higher than that of the U.S. Dept. of Defense!), eliminates clutter and even cleans your registry.

Defraggler can defragment an entire hard drive, or individual files.

Both CCleaner and Defraggler are made by Piriform, developers of fine free consumer software.
Microsoft Security Essentials MSE is a free anti-virus and anti-malware security program. MSE is extremely simple to use and takes up almost no processor time, but don't let that fool you. Underneath the minimalist interface is a nealy full featured anti-virus with on-demand scans of individual files and plenty of settings you can change should you need to.

MSE is a "must have" for those who don't want to pay for simple internet security.
Windows Live Windows Live from Microsoft is a collection of free online services and programs that help to increase individual productivity. It includes access to free e-mail, online storage (25 GB!), remote desktop, and the ability to create and edit MS Office documents through your web browser.
Trend Micro Housecall Trend Micro Housecall is a free online virus scanner offered by Trend Micro, which checks whether a computer has been infected by viruses, spyware, malware, and other security holes in your system.
Microsoft Download Center The Microsoft Download Center keeps an up-to-date catalogue of all software availalbe to download from Microsoft. Through it you can get access to downloads of free updates, hotfixes and addons. You can also check out the latest free software and sign up for trial and beta programs from Microsoft.