Government Publications Focus on American Agriculture

grange logoApril is National Grange Month, honoring one of the Nation’s oldest and most respected farmers’ organizations. According to its website, “The National Grange, founded in 1867, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, fraternal organization that advocates for rural America and agriculture. With a strong history in grassroots activism, family values and community service, the Grange is part of more than 2,100 hometowns across the United States.” To help recognize the Grange’s contribution to rural America, Government Book talk is featuring the following publications focusing on American agriculture.

Profitable Farms and Woodlands: A Practical Guide in Agroforestry for 001-001-00694-7Landowners, Farmers and Ranchers. This practical handbook on agroforestry is organized in an easy to read format written for underserved and limited resource farmers and woodland owners living in the Southeastern U.S. It depicts step-by-step methods and principles on developing agroforestry practices for farmers and woodland owners for the purpose of enhancing the economic and environmental benefits of their farms and woodlands. Topics on agroforestry practices covered in this publication are Alley Cropping; Forest Farming; Riparian Buffer Strips; Silvopasture; and Windbreaks. This handbook will assist farmers and woodland owners establish, manage and market agroforestry projects that are diverse, integrated, profitable, healthy and sustainable.

001-000-04762-1Agricultural Statistics 2013 Agricultural Statistics is published each year to meet the diverse need for a reliable reference book on agricultural production, supplies, consumption, facilities, costs, and returns. Its tables of annual data cover a wide variety of facts in forms suited to most common use. Extensive table data include statistics of the following:
• Statistics of Grain and Feed
• Cotton, Tobacco, Sugar Crops, and Honey
• Oilseeds, Fats, and Oils
• Vegetables and Melons
• Hay, Seeds, and Minor Field Crops
• Cattle, Hogs, and Sheep
• Dairy and Poultry
• Insurance, Credit & Cooperatives
• Agricultural Conservation & Forestry
• Consumption & Family Living
• Fertilizers & Pesticides
• Miscellaneous Agricultural Statistics such as Foreign Agricultural Trade Statistics including exports, fisheries and more.

001-000-04759-1Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down? This delightful book shows children the life cycle of trees, showing that trees are a renewable resource as their seeds can be planted to make new trees grow. It also discusses the need to remove sick, flammable and other dangerous trees as well as the various uses for wood from cut trees. All of it is so beautifully illustrated in full color that the lessons come alive for adults and children alike.

How can I get these or other agriculture publications?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy the following  publications (with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide) from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore website at http://bookstore.gpo.gov:

Order by Phone: You may also Order print editions by calling our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Visit a Federal depository library: Search for U.S. Government publications in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

About the author: Trudy Hawkins is Senior Marketing and Promotions Specialist in GPO’s Publication & Information Sales Division supporting the U.S. Government Online Bookstore (http://bookstore.gpo.gov).

2 Responses to Government Publications Focus on American Agriculture

  1. May I suggest you emphasize more recent developments in agriculture as well? The reason for my concerns is that a) the Californian drought shows that US farming needs to redirect itself and rebuild on a new foundation very soon. For decades, more water was used for irrigation purposes than was naturally replenished, and ground water tables were falling (to that amount it has little to do with climate change but everything with demand being far higher than sustainable supply, long before any climate change could have had even a marginal influence – and even if, then doing a “rain dance” won’t help now, only rebalancing supply and demand would, with demand being so much lower that water tables could rise once again in order to stop desertification and the influx of saltier water fractions which would cause enduring damage. The other disconcerting fact is that the stratification of top soil layers in e.g. the Gulf of Mexico tallies exactly with what can be found in Roman and Mesopotamian estuaries – only dating back to the decades directly preceding these cultures’ collapses. Back then they knew little about ecology, plant sociology, didn’t think twice about cutting trees down for firewood or ship-building etc. etc. Nowadays we know that e.g. permaculture, vermiculture and aquaponics can either help rebuild top soil or not dilute it at all resp. being independent of it. Aquaponics eventually typically leads to about eight times the yield per acreage in protein than conventional (intensive!) farming would – at almost no drain on water resources, no fertilizer (=oil!) etc. etc., and, due to it being instaled preferably closer to points of consumption, less transport/storage/waste etc. If the US and the EU don’t want to follow the Roman path of self-destruction, then certainly a place like government publications should take note and “nudge” the farming community into such directions?

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