In 1987-88, HORT, Virginia Tech's Extension Horticulture Computer Information Directory, provided county Extension agents with prepared consumer horticulture press material that was timely, accurate, and easily accessed via computer. Each week, a cumulative total of more than 180 hours of agent time and 105 hours of clerical time were saved statewide through use of this material, which required approximately 10 hours per week of technician time to produce. HORT information reaches the gardening public through agent newsletters, radio spots, and newspaper columns and notes. HORT is also an important method for updating agents through direct contact.

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