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E-Commerce - Impacting the Way We Do Business!

The Internet changed the way consumer goods are bought and sold. In 2000, the Internet economy generated $830 billion in revenue and created 3 million jobs. In 2001, estimates indicated that 407.1 million people were online worldwide.  The United States and Canada accounted for 167.12 million of the total. 

There was a knowledge gap within the extension system regarding e-commerce. In order to 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 specialists and agents in the southern region was designed. A two day conference, "E-Commerce - Impacting the Way We Do Business," took place October 1-2, 2001, in Nashville, Tennessee, to provide 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 about the conference, visit its website at






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