United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)--A Treasure Trove of Information

The USDA provides an enormous array of information on its core site, through the Economic Research Service (ERS), the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Education and Outreach.

CSES, HORT, AECT, PLPA, HESC Agriculture Librarian

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Necia Parker Gibson
Mullins Library 220N

Email is the best way to contact me. neciap@uark.edu

I've set my office phone to forward to my cell phone. We'll see how that works.

I'm working from home starting 3/16/2020 until further notice. Email or use the text number below. If you want me, particularly, ask for me.

Text a librarian: 479-385-0803

For students, faculty, and staff I will:
Answer your questions via email, phone or Skype or Facetime (until we are back to face to face).
Recommend databases for your topic.
Meet individually to work out your topic or discuss research strategies.

For faculty, I will:
Provide in-person library instruction tailored to your class, or tailored research guides to your class, with some lead time.

Meet with your students individually or in small groups.
Track down tricky citations. Purchase books and other materials, as funds allow.

I do consultations via email, Skype or Facetime (as well as face to face, when we can again).
Email me for an appointment.

What They Cover

An array of information about: animal products, including meat, wool, and leather, field (grains, hay, oil crops and more) and horticultural crops (tomatoes, potatoes, apples, peaches, pumpkins, tree nuts, peanuts....you get the picture), farm economy, farm practices and management, food and nutrition assistance, food choices and health, including labeling, portion size, and more; food markets and prices, food safety, international markets and trade, natural resources and environment, rural economy and population

Their Mission

"The ERS mission is to inform and enhance public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development. "

ERS publishes:

  • Agency-published research reports, market analysis, outlook reports, economic briefs, and data products (available, and with hard copies available for purchase);
  • Amber Waves magazine 
  • Briefings, written analyses, and studies delivered directly to executive and legislative branch policymakers and program administrators.
  • Articles in professional journals, and papers presented to academic colleagues at conferences and meetings

Selected Information from the ERS