MEET MARK ALTHOUSE
Mark Althouse began working at farmdoc more than five years ago, developing options and pricing models related to crop insurance tools. In May of 2004, he stepped into the role of project manager and took on a host of new responsibilities.
Althouse is in charge of general site maintenance and development, which includes technological improvements and redesign of site architecture and functionality, as well as expanding site content.
“We have more customized content, such as the Central Illinois price charts,” Althouse continued. “Those summarize USDA information and we update it daily, so a lot of people look at that because it's specific to Central Illinois .”
Althouse said another change includes developing a new way to present
“We've always had a handbook, but it was just a set of links to items that were scattered around,” he said. “Now we've developed a way to organize everything in an expandable table of contents. That's going to be useful in many sections on the site, such as crop insurance. Users will be directed to the crop insurance handbook, where they will be able to find anything that they're interested in related to crop insurance, from tools to the latest articles to archives of old publications.”
“This tool would allow producers to assess the Co 2 equivalent impact at different sectors of their operation, from preparation to planting to harvest,” Althouse said. “It would be flexible for different types of operations,” he explained, “because the specific details of a livestock operation vary quite a bit from a corn and soybean operation.”
Althouse said many of the tools on farmdoc are improving as well. “We've
“Blogging is popular with independent users, and it's a quick way to post
“We're trying to understand some general observations about how the site
Althouse concluded, “We're trying to provide a site that best meets the needs of the audience we're serving, and I think we're doing that.”
When he's not working, Althouse is an competitive cyclist. He was a co-founder
Mark received his Ph.D. in atmospheric dynamics from the University of
To learn more about Mark Althouse, visit his homepage here.
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