March 10, 2006 Portal Experiences Tremendous User Growth

March 9, 2006. Ames, IA. is pleased to report that it has experienced significant visitor growth on its web portal since the beginning of 2006. User visits to the website were up by 44,000 visitors in January 2006 over 2005 figures (for a total of over 285,000 users in January 2006); user sessions increased again in February to more than 350,000. Average Daily User Sessions increased to more than 12,000 per day. Overall traffic increased to over 3.0 Million pageviews for the month as well.

“These increases reflect a conscious business decision by to enhance the content and information on the portal,” says Joe Dales, Vice President of “Essentially, we have tried to keep up with our website users by improving the tools on the site. was an Internet pioneer, with a history of innovation since 1996. It has been chosen by Forbes Magazine as the ‘Best of the Web for Agriculture’. Our business plans for 2006 and beyond, recognize that farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses use the portal as a resource for their agricultural information needs, and we intend to meet and surpass their expectations.”

The portal features more than 5000 pages of content, with news, weather and markets continually being updated . The site also features expert commentaries and reports in several key sectors. A few website and technology navigation improvements have already been made, “We expect to see more enhancements in 2006,” affirms Dales.

“What’s amazing,” continues Dales, “is that many of the products sites have impressive user session traffic. For example, the website has nearly doubled its user traffic in the past year, from 632,856 page views in January 2005 to 1.2 million page views in January 2006.”

“The portal is working toward sustained growth by adding new content areas so that it becomes the Yahoo for agriculture.” concludes Dales. Ltd. is a leading provider of innovative information products and services, with software solutions for the global agriculture and food industries. can be accessed through its internationally recognized agriculture information portal, which has business services and resources for the 12,000-plus agribusiness professionals and livestock and crop producers who use it each day for business services and resources. The family includes -- the leading human resources website for the agriculture and food industry; and PigCHAMP, Inc. ( -- the leading swine industry software and knowledge management company. operates across North America with offices in Ames, Iowa; Clinton, North Carolina; Fresno, California; and London, Ontario, Canada. For more information, visit:

Joe Dales Ltd.
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