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Agriculture Research Guide   Tags: agri, agriculture, agsc, agsy  

A guide to research in Agriculture. Other relevant guides : Agribusiness Economics; Agricultural Systems, Animal Science; Crop, Soil, and Environmental Management, Food & Nutrition; Forestry; Hospitality & Tourism;
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  • Data and Statistics USDA
    Links to the main data gathering sections of the US Department of Agriculture: Economic Research Service (ERS), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and the World Agricultural Outlook Board (WAOB).
  • 2014 Agricultural Statistics Annual (USDA NASS)
    This is the national set, but there is a drop-down menu to select statistics by state. From the US National Agricultural Statistics Service.
  • Census of Agriculture (USDA)
    From the site: "Includes number of farms by size and type, inventory and values for crops and livestock, operator characteristics, and much more." This is the link to the most current census (2012). Use the drop-down box to select older material. Use the Quick Stats 2.0 database to search the 2012 Census by keyword.
  • FAO: Statistics (Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations)
    See links to databases on the right-side of the page.
  • Quick Stats 2.0 (USDA NASS)
    Search the 2012 Census of Agriculture by keyword, browse by subject, or use pre-set questions ("predefined queries) to locate information.

Suggested Reading

@ Morris Library.

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Agricultural Markets Instability - Alberto Garrido (Editor); Bernhard Brümmer (Editor); Robert M'Barek (Editor); Miranda Meuwissen (Editor); Cristian Morales-Opazo (Editor)
ISBN: 9781138937413
Publication Date: 2016-01-28
Since the financial and food price crises of 2007, market instability has been a topic of major concern to agricultural economists and policy professionals. This volume provides an overview of the key issues surrounding food prices volatility, focusing primarily on drivers, long-term implications of volatility and its impacts on food chains and consumers.  The book explores which factors and drivers are volatility-increasing and which others are price level-increasing, and whether these two distinctive effects can be identified and measured. It considers the extent to which increasing instability affects agents in the value chain, as well as the actual impacts on the most vulnerable households in the EU and in selected developing countries. It also analyses which policies are more effective to avert and mitigate the effects of instability.  Developed from the work of the European-based ULYSSES project, the book synthesises the most recent literature on the topic and presents the views of practitioners, businesses, NGOs and farmers' organizations. It draws policy responses and recommendations for policy makers at both European and on international levels.

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Toward Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century - Twenty-First Century Systems Agriculture Staff et al.
ISBN: 9780309148962
Publication Date: 2010-06-29
Register at the site to read the free PDF version.

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The Political Economy of Food and Finance - Ted P. Schmidt
ISBN: 1138838225
Publication Date: 2015-12-18
The financialization, globalization and industrialization of our food systems make it increasingly difficult to access quality fresh food. In fact, the industrialized global food system is creating products that are less food-like, engendering growing questions about the health and safety of our food supply. In addition, the bio-engineering of food commodities is another factor influencing the growth of industrial farming for an increasingly homogenized, globalized market. This book describes the financialization process in commodity futures markets which transformed commodities into an asset class. Incorporated into the portfolio decisions of investors, commodity prices now behave like all asset prices, becoming more volatile and subject to periodic bubbles. As commodity prices were driven higher in the 2000s, farmland became more valuable, setting off a global land grab by investors, nations, and corporations. More recently, under the financialization food regime, slow growth and low returns encouraged merger activity driven by private equity firms, with food industry corporations as prime targets, leading to increased industry concentration. With government policy focused on supporting corporate interests, there has been a global reaction to the current food system. The food sovereignty movement is taking on the interests behind the global land grab, and the regional food movement in cities across the U.S. is hitting corporations at the bottom line. Food corporations are listening. Is the food movement winning? This book is of interest to those who study political economy, financialization and agriculture and related studies, as well as food systems and commodity future markets.

Key Databases

Try these links to search scholarly articles, primary sources, and more.

    AGRICOLA contains citations to journal articles (including Acta Horticulturae), extension documents, government reports, books, theses, audiovisual materials, and patents back to 1970. It is a service of the U.S. National Agricultural Library.
  • Biological Abstracts (Web of Science)  
    Contains citations to information about life sciences and biomedicine from 1968-present. In addition to topic searching, you may search by taxa, role of organism, methods, equipment, chemicals, etc. Morris Library also has the older print volumes.
  • CAB Abstracts (1990-present)  
    CAB Abstracts contains citations to journal articles, monographs, books, conference proceedings, etc., in all agricultural fields as well as forestry and life sciences. It includes coverage from 1990 to present.
  • PubAg (US Department of Agriculture)
    From the site:"PubAg is a portal to USDA-authored and other highly relevant agricultural research. At launch it delivers over 40,000 full-text journal articles by USDA staff and citations to an additional 340,000 articles."
  • Web of Science  
    This collection of databases includes Web of Science, which may be used to search for cited references as well as topics. It also includes a citation manager (EndNote Web) as well as Journal Citation Reports. Covers 1985-present.

Also Try

For primary resources and searching in multi-disciplinary scholarly databases.

  • Academic Search Complete  
    General database with *some* full text. Dates of coverage vary.
  • AgEcon Search: Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics
    This database "collects, indexes, and electronically distributes full text copies of scholarly research in the broadly defined field of agricultural economics including sub disciplines such as agribusiness, food supply, natural resource economics, etc."
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Online Technical Library  
    Contains full text research papers and technical documents published by the ASABE, including their "Transactions of the ASAE/ASABE," Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, Applied Engineering in Agriculture, ASABE Standards, conference proceedings, and annual meeting papers.
  • Annual Reviews  
    This site contains full-text access to many yearly life sciences reviews, including: Plant Biology; Phytopathology; Nutrition; Energy & the Environment; Entomology; Ecology, Evolution & Systematics; Genetics; Economics, etc. Dates of coverage vary.
  • Arabidopsis Information Resource, The (TAIR)  
    The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana.
  • BioOne  
    BioOne contains full text bioscience research journals.
  • Business Source Complete  
    A scholarly business database that includes information about agribusiness and the farm industry.
  • Census of Agriculture
    Includes recent and historical data.
  • Computers & Applied Sciences Complete (EBSCO)
    Don't let the name fool you! Contains citations and *some* full text information about agronomy, forestry, soils, and other related topics. Dates of coverage vary.
  • Core Historical Literature of Agriculture
    From the site: "The Core Historical Literature of Agriculture (CHLA) is a core electronic collection of agricultural texts published between the early nineteenth century and the middle to late twentieth century. Full-text materials cover agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, crops and their protection, food science,forestry, human nutrition, rural sociology, and soil science. Scholars have selected the titles in this collection for their historical importance. Their evaluations and 4,500 core titles are detailed in the seven volume series The Literature of the Agricultural Sciences, Wallace C. Olsen, series editor."
  • Encyclopedia of Life Sciences  
    "A fulltext resource that includes 4,200 peer-reviewed articles written by leaders in the field. The appendix and glossary include biochemical and taxonomic information, acronyms, synonyms, units and other technical data."
  • Encyclopedia of Parasitology, 3rd edition  
  • Environment Index  
    "Environment Index provides abstract/index information for over 1000 titles in the area of environmental policy and studies. The product has an Environment thesaurus." Some coverage goes back to the 1940s.
  • Extension & Outreach: University of Illinois
    Contains information by disease, production, and type of plant for field crops (including the Illinois Agronomy Handbook and "The Bulletin" with current news about pest management and crop development in Illinois), fruits and vegetables, turfgrass, and ornamentals.
  • GeoRef (Ovid)  
    GEOREF contains citations to articles, books, conference proceedings, reports, and theses, about soils and other geological sciences, with coverage back to 1966.
  • Google Scholar  
    This general search engine includes citations to journal articles and freely available full-text items. Dates of coverage vary. Use the Find it Morris link to find the article in Morris Library's databases. Also contains links to open access documents.
  • JSTOR  
    JSTOR contains full text articles from *older* plant biology, aquatic sciences, biology, ecology, and environmental sciences journals. Dates of coverage vary.
  • Plant Management Network  
    From the publisher:"Plant Management Network (PMN) is a not-for-profit, online publishing effort whose mission is to enhance the health, management, and production of agricultural and horticultural crops." It includes four peer-reviewed journals (Applied Turfgrass Science, Crop Management, Forage and Grazing Lands, & Plant Health Progress), and other resources, including "Plant Disease Management Reports," an image database, sections on specific crops, etc.
  • SciFinder (Web version login)  
    SciFinder Scholar includes information about chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, pesticides, plant biology, and genetics. Go to this page for registration information. Coverage: mostly 1907-present.
    TOXNET is a group of databases with citations to articles about toxicology, hazardous chemicals, pesticides, and plants from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It includes links to the ALTBIB (animal testing alternatives) and Enviro-Health databases.
  • Turfgrass Information File  
    The Turfgrass Information File contains citation to articles and educational materials. It is a service of the Turfgrass Information Center of Michigan State University Libraries. Dates of coverage vary.

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Request items from around the world through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Interlibrary Loan
    If there's a book not in I-Share, we'll find it. If there's an article that says "We don't have this online," we will get it for you. Just sign up for an Interlibrary Loan account (click First-Time User). Request articles through "Request a Photocopy".
  • WorldCat  
    Worldwide catalog of library resources. See if it's in I-Share, SIU, or locate items to request via ILL.



For in-depth arguments (often) not yet published, try these databases of dissertations and theses.

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