U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has unveiled USDA's interactive soybean rust Web site as part of a national soybean rust plant disease surveillance and monitoring network, during remarks to the Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska Farm Bureau Federations meeting.

"USDA is launching this Web site to help ensure farmers and producers have easy access to all the best information and guidance on soybean rust," said Johanns. "This web page will serve as a one-stop shop for anyone who depends on the soy industry to help understand these issues and make informed decisions."

The one-stop federal resource, http://www.usda.gov/soybeanrust, provides timely information on the extent and severity of soybean rust outbreaks in the United States, Caribbean basin and Central America. It will give users up-to-date forecasts on where soybean rust is likely to appear in the United States, reports where the disease exists by county, refers growers to county extension agents nationwide, lists the National Plant Diagnostic Networks laboratories and links to other Web sites to give producers effective disease management options.

Source: Government Release