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This page links to various web sites that address topics related to this course.

U.S. Federal Government Departments

United State Department of Agriculture (USDA)

USDA agencies (brief description of each USDA agency)

links to selected USDA agencies

Economic Research Service (ERS)

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

National Agricultural Library (NAL)

Economics, Statistics and Market Information System

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Risk Management Agency (RMA)

The following links are examples of sources of government information about agriculture.


  • ERS (USDA) Amber Waves.

    "The Economic Research Service (ERS) is the main source of economic information and research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture... the mission of ERS is to inform and enhance public and private decisionmaking on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development ... Amber Waves contains articles by ERS researchers and their collaborators."

  • NASS -- "Each year, the employees of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conduct hundreds of surveys and prepare reports covering virtually every facet of U.S. agriculture -- production and supplies of food and fiber, prices paid and received by farmers, farm labor and wages, farm aspects of the industry. In addition, NASS's 45 State Statistical Offices (SSO's) publish data about many of the same topics for local audiences.

"NASS publications cover a wide range of subjects, from traditional crops, such as corn and wheat, to specialties, such as mushrooms and flowers; from calves born to hogs slaughtered; from agricultural prices to land in farms. The abundance of information produced has earned for NASS employees the title, 'The Fact Finders of Agriculture.'"

USDA - National Agricultural Statistics Service Publications

  • "The North Dakota Agricultural Statistics Service's (NDASS) purpose is to provide everyone with equal access to accurate, unbiased information." NDASS is located in Fargo (4th floor of the IACC building on the NDSU campus).
  • North Dakota State University Extension Service. Fargo, University and county offices. Develops publications on a variety of topics including grain, forages, and livestock prices received in North Dakota.
  • Choices -- publication of the American Agricultural Economics Association
  • Site for university-based economic research AGECON SEARCH - "A full text library of Agricultural and Applied Economics scholarly literature." Use the search engine to locate publications relating to the topic of your interest.
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)  Standards being developed by agreement among businesses with emphasis on testing procedures and manufacturing processes, rather than product characteristics. These standards are being referenced in business agreements.


Last Updated October 2, 2007


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