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E-Commerce - Impacting the Way We Do Business


  The Internet is changing the way consumer goods are bought and sold. Estimates indicate that 407.1 million people are online worldwide, with the United States and Canada accounting for 167.12 million of the total. By the year 2005, the global Internet population is estimated to reach 300 million. In 2000, the Internet economy generated $830 billion in revenue and created 3 million jobs.

Currently, there is a knowledge gap within the Extension system regarding e-commerce. To help prepare the system to address the e-commerce education needs of farms, businesses, industries, and communities effectively, an e-commerce professional development opportunity for Extension specialist and agents in the southern region was designed. A conference, "E-Commerce - Impacting the Way We Do Business," Oct. 1-2, 2001, in Nashville, Tenn., provided an awareness and overview of e-commerce issues relating to farms, agribusinesses, small business, and youth programs.

This conference was sponsored by the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University, Farm Foundation, and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. For more information visit the conference website:




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