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.

National Conservation Management Service

The National Resources Conservation Service or NRCS was established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS). It has become much more broadly-based over time, focused on many aspects of conservation and particularly concerned about how private lands are or can be cared for, restored, and protected from environmental challenges. In the United States, more than seventy percent of land is owned by individuals, "making stewardship by private landowners absolutely critical to the health of our Nation’s environment."

NRCS helps with conservation planning and assistance to benefit and protect all the elements that create and maintain healthy ecosystems. (drawn largely from http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/about/, 2012).

This agency is one of several sections of the USDA born out of the Dust Bowl of the 1930's, an horrific and killing loss of soil to wind and water because of bad agricultural and environmental practices. Part of their intention is that such a disaster should never happen in the United States again.