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The purpose of this guide is to share information about books, periodicals and electronic resources of use to agriculture students. Looking for something you don't see here? Have suggestions for materials? Let us know!
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AgPlan: The Agriculture, Fisheries and Small Business Planning website. Free website which allows anyone to develop and edit an agricultural business plan, share ideas and interact with others.
Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service: Nonprofit organization based in Spring Valley, WI which promotes "organic and sustainable agriculture by providing the education, resources and expertise farmers need to succeed."
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): The USDA's far-reaching website includes details on the farm bill, food safety, rural development and much more.
Ag Risk & Farm Management Library: Provides documents related to farm management, budgeting, insurance, livestock and other topics.
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE): A grants and education program which "promotes profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities."
The Urban Farming Guys: Learn more about urban farming projects from this nonprofit organization. The website covers everything from urban fish farming to alternative energy for agriculture.
Urban Agriculture & Improving Local, Sustainable Food Systems: EPA website with information for people pursuing agricultural projects as part of brownfield development and reuse.
Mother Earth News: The classic magazine's website which hosts a wealth of information on gardening, organic practices, livestock, food, energy and more.
American Community Gardening Association: A nonprofit organization which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2014; use the website to find a community garden and download sample documents for communities looking to start their own gardens.
American Beekeeping Federation: A national organization which "works in the interest of all beekeepers, large or small."
Agri-View: Website for Wisconsin's "leading agricultural newspaper." Based in Madison. Print version available at the Reedsburg campus library.
E: The Environmental Magazine: Articles on energy, sustainability, the environment and science. Print version available at the Truax campus library.
Grit Magazine: Articles on farming, homesteading, gardening and other topics.
Modern Farmer: Blog on sustainability and farming topics.
Writing a paper on agriculture? Here are some keywords you might consider using in your database searches. It's helpful to do several searches with different keywords in order to find more resources. Although many of the keywords may seem very similar, they will often give you different results. In any of our EBSCO databases, click "Subject Terms" in the blue bar at the top of the screen to find some appropriate subject terms to start your searches with.
A few ideas include:
Starting Point Databases
Academic Search Complete: This is a multi-disciplinary database which contains articles from scholarly journals, newspapers and other periodicals. For off-campus access, you will be prompted to login with your Madison College username and password before accessing the database.
Opposing Viewpoints: Database with current information on many topics, including GMOs, organic food and farming, the agriculture industry and other popular paper topics. For off-campus access, you will be prompted to login with your Madison College username and password before accessing the database.
Agriculture Specific Databases
AGRICOLA (National Agricultural Library): This database provides citation information for books and articles on agricultural topics. Full text is not available. If you'd like to obtain any of the resources listed in the database, please submit an interlibrary loan request for each item.
AGRIS: This database also provides citation information for articles. Maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Full text is usually not available.
NASD: National Ag Safety Database- Contains documents on agricultural safety issues. Some PDFs available for download.
Community gardening allows people without access to land to learn about agriculture, grow their own food and provide for themselves and others.
A few participating organizations in our area include:
The Gardens Network-Madison/Dane County
River Valley Area Community Gardens-Spring Green, WI
Echo Valley Hope, Inc.-Ontario, WI