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General Sources

AGRICOLA (U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Agricultural Library)
A bibliographic database of books and articles covering all aspects of agriculture, from the National Agricultural Library.

Agriculture: Browse Topics (U.S. Government Printing Office)
Links to agriculture resources supported by the federal government.

Agriculture Network Information Center (AGNIC)

A voluntary alliance of the National Agricultural Library, land grant universities and agricultural organizations that provides data in electronic format. Subjects cover animal science; forests; physical sciences; geology; biology; plants; insects; genetics; laws and regulations; economics and business; social policy; and food and nutrition.

National Agricultural Library Digital Collections (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Reproduces selected Department of Agricultural publications issued since 1894.

National Agricultural Library (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Links to data about animals and livestock; education; nutrition; laws and regulations; marketing; natural resources; plants; research and development; and rural and community development. Additional resources include the Library catalog; and directories to special collections and information clearinghouses.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Home Page
Data include press releases; budget information; descriptions of programs and services; a directory of offices; an alphabet subject index; and a search index.

Agricultural Statistics

Agricultural Baseline Database (U.S. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service)
Provides projections for major crops organized by geography and commodity. Special features include:

Census of Agriculture (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
The Census of Agriculture measures production and farm characteristics for the nation, states, and counties. Data are collected every 5 years with digits ending in 2 and 7. (i.e., 1992, 1997, 2002) Select publications in PDF format or perform data queries.

The Government Documents collection in Lockwood Library also contains print versions of the Census of Agriculture; conduct a keyword search in Libraries Catalog for census of agriculture and [year].

Economic Research Service (ERS) (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
ERS is the Department of Agriculture's official information source for agricultural economics. Economists and policy makers use its in data in decision making for agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development. Menu options link to information about research; key topics; publications; news releases; and statistics. The Data section at is particularly well developed.

National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
NASS conducts hundreds of surveys and publishes reports covering all aspects of agricultural production and supply. Menu options link to publications; charts and maps; historical data; statistical research; and the Census of Agriculture. The Publications option, which is especially well developed, covers crop weather; state reports; reports by titles; statistical highlights; market news; agricultural trends; and a search menu.

USDA Economics and Statistics Division (Cornell University, Albert R. Mann Library in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Economics, Statistics and Market Information System)
Contains nearly 300 reports and statistical datasets pertaining to agriculture.

Agricultural Trade

FASonline (U.S. Department of Agriculture. Foreign Agricultural Service)
FAS promotes agricultural markets for U.S. products throughout the world. Topics cover doing business with the agency; buying American products; export assistance; import programs; trade policy; current news; data about specific commodities and countries; and food aid. Consult the Foreign Agricultural Service's Production, Supply and Distribution (PS&D) Database at for pre-defined tables about historical and current supply and distribution of agricultural products. This site enables creation of customized tables as well.


Food and Nutrition Information Center (U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Agricultural Library)
Collects and disseminates data about food and human nutrition. Topics cover dietary supplements; food composition; dietary guidelines; and consumer data.

Government Food Safety Information (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
A gateway to federal government information about food safety. Subjects deal with children; health; safety programs; industry assistance; and consumer advice. (U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Agricultural Library)
Provides access to online federal government information on nutrition. Topics pertain to food safety; special populations, such as adults, children, and minorities; health management; food assistance; research; and resources. Resources include statistics; fact sheets; publications, newsletters, and press releases; and references to further information.

New York State Agriculture

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
Links lead to explanations of the organization of the Department; its programs; funding opportunities; current issues; licenses and registration; and press releases and publications. The related links option covers dozens of Web sites pertinent to New York State agriculture.

Agriculture Outside the U.S.

Agriculture (European Union)
Provides an overview and legislation pertaining to agriculture in the European Union. Additional information includes references to EU entities, publications and statistics.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Topics deal with education; the environment; farm management and finances; human resources; inspection; media products; research and innovation; trade; and publications.

Europa Summaries of Legislation: Agriculture

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
FAO attempts to improve agricultural production and nutrition throughout the world. Subjects relate to economics and nutrition; fisheries; floristries; technical cooperation; biotechnology; gender; sources for further information; publications; and a wide variety of statistical databases.Two related resources present online documentation about food, hunger and development.