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BSE [Mad Cow Disease] Information and Resources - (dead link)
Includes daily statements, technical briefings, and transcripts of Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Venemans's Interviews on various talk shows.

- See our special page.

Agency Reports Schedule/Calendar

Publications (Highlights)

National Agricultural Library

Agricultural Biotechnology

Agricultural Marketing Service

  • Fruit and Vegetable Programs
  • National Organic Program - (dead link)
    Sections include: Certifying Agents ; NOP Regulations & Policies ; Producers, Handlers, & Processors ; State Information.
    • Consumer Information - (dead link)
      Sections include: Organic Standards & Labels: The Facts ; The Organic Seal ; Compliance & Enforcement ; Links to Other Sources.

Agricultural Research Service

  • Search - (dead link)
  • ARS News & Information
  • National Agriculture Library
    • Animal Welfare Information Center
      Sections include: Hot Topics ; Publications ; News ; Databases ; Gov & Legal Resources ; Alternatives & Lit Searches ; AWIC Bulletin ; Lab Animals ; Farm Animals ; Zoos, Circuses & Wildlife ; Companion Animals ; AWIC Workshops ; APHIAS Animal Care ; Links.
    • Food and Nutrition Information Center
      • Food and Nutrition Resources for Teachers - (dead link)
        Sections include: Bibliographies ; Audiovisuals ; Articles ; Web Resources ; Electronic Information ; Topic Information ; Other Resources.
      • Nutrient Data Laboratory
        "To develop authoritative food composition databases and state of the art methods to acquire, evaluate, compile and disseminate composition data on foods available in the United States."
  • Online Newsletters & Reports
  • Agricultural Research Service Research Timeline
  • Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC)
    • Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC) - (dead link)
      • Community Nutrition Research Group (CNRG) - (dead link)
        "To monitor and assess the capacity of communities to meet their food and nutrition needs for a better understanding of linkages between nutrition, agriculture, health and community."
        • FoodLink - (dead link)
          "...(formerly known as the Food Grouping System) is a computerized food data linkage system which links USDA survey foods to information on ingredients and commodities. The linked results are databases used to facilitate research analyses. FoodLink is a multiple level system used by ARS to produce the comprehensive databases of survey foods expressed in terms of Pyramid Servings, portion sizes, ingredients of meat and grain mixtures, commodities, and proposed changes to nutrient levels for enriched and fortified cereal grains, etc."
      • Nutrient Data Laboratory
        "To develop authoritative food composition databases and state of the art methods to acquire, evaluate, compile and disseminate composition data on foods available in the United States."
      • Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases - (dead link)
  • Center for Agricultural Bioinformatics - (dead link)
    • ARS Genome Database Resource
      "...is primarily a site for communication of Plant Genome data among scientists worldwide. The medium is a set of genome databases, similar to the ones for Human genome mapping and sequencing. They include data about : plant genes, chromosome maps, DNA fingerprints, beneficial traits, and crop varieties that possess those traits. The information is contributed by the scientists who discover it, and integrated into coherent databases by teams of scientific experts in each crop."
  • Gramene: A Comprehensive Mapping Resource for Grains
    "...to create a curated, open-source, Web-accessible data resource for comparative genome analysis in the grasses. Data formerly in RiceGenes is now integrated in Gramene. Our goal is to facilitate the study of cross-species homology relationships using information derived from public projects involved in genomic and EST sequencing, protein structure and function analysis, genetic and physical mapping, interpretation of biochemical pathways, gene and QTL localization and descriptions of phenotypic characters and mutations."
  • Plant Genome Data and Information Center
    Sections include: Full-Text Digitized Plant Books and Journals ; Access to Literature and Research ; Experimental Resources ; Biodiversity ; Educational Resources ; Biotechnology Resources.

    • GrainGenes
      A Small Grains and Sugercane Database
      "...is a compilation of molecular and phenotypic information on wheat, barley, rye, oats and sugarcane."
  • Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory
    "Research into the systematics of fungi and vascular plants essential to solving problems in sustainable and conventional agriculture."
  • Water Quality Information Center

AGROS - Agricultural Research Data Directory
"...is a collection of data descriptions of USDA funded research, including soil, crop and plant, forest, rangeland, animal sciences, and other natural resource research areas, as well as economics, population, and food safety."

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Center for Nutrition Policy Promotion

  • The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2000 - (dead link) [.pdf]
    5th ed.
  • Expenditures on Children By Families - (dead link)

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service - (dead link)

Current Research Information System (CRIS) - (dead link)

Economic Research Service

  • "A Comparison of Food Assistance Programs in Mexico and the United States" - (dead link) [.pdf]
  • Rural Conditions and Trends Magazine
  • Production Practices for Major Crops in U.S. Agriculture, 1990-97 - (dead link)
    By Merritt Padgitt, Doris Newton, Renata Penn, and Carmen Sandretto, Resource Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Statistical Bulletin No. 969. September 2000.
  • The Shifting Pattern of Black Migration From and Into the Nonmetropolitan South, 1965-95 (December 2001)
    By Glenn Fuguitt, John Fulton, and Calvin Beale
  • World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE-BB)
    "This full-text monthly report provides the most current USDA forecasts of U.S. and world supply-use balances of major grains, soybeans and products, and cotton; and U.S. supply and use of sugar and livestock products."
    A product of the World Agricultural Outlook Board, Office of the Chief Economist, USDA.

Farm Service Agency

  • National Drought Policy Commission - (dead link)
    • Commission report - (dead link)

Federally-Funded Research in the U.S.

Food Safety and Inspection Service

Foreign Agricultural Service

  • Dairy, Livestock and Poultry Division
    • Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)
      "The purpose of this page is to provide sources of information on the effects on trade of the current BSE crisis in the European Union. Provided are links to main BSE pages for various government and organization sites, as well as links to related documents such as special reports, regulations, and announcements."
  • PS&D Online - Production, Supply & Distribution - (dead link)
    "This database contains current and historical official USDA data on production, supply and distribution of agricultural commodities for the United States and key producing and consuming countries."
  • Rebuilding Agriculture & Food Security in Iraq
    "Rebuilding Iraq's agricultural infrastructure is now a major priority...FAS is working in close partnership with other agencies in the U.S. government to assure the food security of the people of Iraq right now and for the future.
  • U.S. Export Sales Reports
  • U.S. Trade Internet System
    "Featuring United States Exports, Imports and Re-Exports of Agricultural, Fish, Forest, and Textile Products with the World!"
    U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service

Forest Service

  • USDA Forest Service Websites
    Search for National Forests by: Interactive Map ; Name ; State ; Region ; National Grasslands ; Phone Directory.
  • FS INFO Database
    "Over 55,000 records and links to Forest Service Research publications dating back to 1904...185,000+ records of natural resources literature...Over 5,850 links to full-text publications."
  • Healthy Forests Initiative
    • Remarks by President George W. Bush at Signing of Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 - (dead link) (December 2003)
  • Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project
    Sections include: What's New ; Environmental Impact Statement ; Implementation ; Science ; Spatial Data ; List of Acronyms.
  • National Fire Plan
    Managing the Impact of Wildfires on the Communities and the Environment
    "...a cooperative, long-term effort of the USDA Forest Service, Department of the Interior, and the National Association of State Foresters. As you visit this site, you will see how the federal government and state partners are managing impacts of wildland fire to our Nation's communities."
    Sections include: Firefighting ; Rehabilitation/Restoration ; Hazardous Fuel Reduction ; Community Assistance ; Accountability ; Research ; Overview ; Links.

  • National Grasslands
  • North Central Research Station - (dead link)
    • Atmospheric Disturbance Climatology - (dead link) Covers the following climatic patterns for the Northcentral and Northeastern U.S.:
      Temperatures ; Precipitation ; Spring Freezes ; Fire Weather Patterns ; Ozone Concentration Episodes ; Pine-shoot Beetle Outbreaks.
  • Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Pacific Southwest Region
    • Ecological Subregions of California
      "This electronic document supplements the 1994 map, "Ecological Units of California," and the book published in 1997. The text is the same, but many more photos illustrate the descriptions."
  • Southern Research Station


"MyPyramid Plan can help you choose the foods and amounts that are right for you. For a quick estimate of what and how much you need to eat, enter your age, sex, and activity level in the MyPyramid Plan box."
- United States Dept. of Agriculture

National List of Published Soil Surveys - (dead link)

National Organic Program - (dead link)

Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)

  • Farm Bill 2002 Information Page - (dead link)
    Includes News ; 1996 & 2002 Bill Compared ; Agencies ; The Legislation ; Information by Title ; What's New
  • National Plant Data Center
    "...acquires, develops, improves, and disseminates plant information to support NRCS and other efforts to improve the ecological health of the land. NPDC works with partners to incorporate plant data into the agency's automated tools."
    • PLANTS National Database
      "The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories."
  • Soils
    "...is part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey, an effort of Federal and State agencies, universities, and professional societies to deliver scientifically based soil information."
    • Soil Survey - (dead link)
      Sections include: State Surveys ; Online Surveys ; Status Maps ; eFOTG ; Map Unit Interpretation Record ; National Soil Characterization Data ; Soil Climate Data ; Soil Geography.
  • State of the Land - (dead link)
    "This site provides data and analysis on land use, soil erosion and soil quality, water quality, wetlands, and other issues regarding the conservation and use of natural resources."

On Line Photography Center - Photo Research
"The USDA Online Photo Center provides a complimentary source of high-quality digital photographs, a select few of which appear on these web pages...The digital collection has grown to over 20,000 images and continues to grow.

UVB Radiation Monitoring Program
"...is a program of the US Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service - (dead link) (CSREES). The program was initiated in 1992, through a grant to Colorado State University, to provide information on the geographical distribution and temporal trends of UVB (ultraviolet -B) radiation in the United States. This information is critical to the assessment of the potential impacts of increasing ultraviolet radiation levels on agricultural crops and forests."

See Also

University of Arkansas - National Center for Agricultural Law Research and Information - (dead link)
Sections include: AgLaw News ; Center Publications ; Web Library ; USDA Decisions ; Links.


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