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Title: Agriculture fact book 1998
Published: Washington, D.C. : USDA, Office of Communications , 1998

Summary: A quick reference tool for information about U.S. agriculture, rural America, food, nutrition, and programs of the U.S.D.A.

Call Number: 50 AGR
Subjects: Agribusiness , Environmental protection , Farm income , Farm labor , Farm life , Government policy and programs , Land use , Marketing , Marketing law , Nutrition , Rural development

Title: Alternative agriculture
Contributors: Committee on the Role of Alternative Farming Methods in Modern Production Agriculture, Board on Agriculture, National Research Council
Published: Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press , 1989

Summary: This report examines the scientific and economic viability of alternative systems that can help farmers and policymakers keep farm exports competitive, cut production costs and reduce the environmental consequences of farming. Chapter 1 explores the background and structure of conventional U.S. agriculture, chapter 2 discusses problems in U.S. agriculture, chapter 3 examines the basic science supporting alternative farming practices, and chapter 4 analyzes the economic potential of alternative systems. The report finds that alternative agricultural research is lacking and federal farm programs discourage the implementation of alternative practices even though they are economical and more environmentally friendly.

ISBN: 03090393963
Call Number: 50.9 ALT
Subjects: Agribusiness , Agricultural research , Alternative agriculture , Government policy and programs

Title: The corporate reapers : the book of agribusiness
Author: A.V. Krebs
Published: Washington, D.C. : Essential Books , c1992

Summary: This work seeks to explain the economic, social, political and environmental consequences of corporate agribusiness efforts and how a historically evolving economic and government farm and food policy has furthered such efforts.

ISBN: 0962125938
Call Number: 80 KRE
Subjects: Agribusiness , Alternative agriculture, advocacy , Government policy and programs

Title: Developing a longer range strategic farm business plan
Author: Kenneth H. Thomas
Published: Ames, IA : Midwest Plan Service, Iowa State University , 1999
Series: Business management for farmers Part 1

Summary: The chapters include an introduction to the planning process, evaluating the current business situation and setting tentative life-style and business goals, identifying and analyzing longer range farming opportunities, and the selection of a tentative longer range plan, developing a workable transition plan, and managing the financially stressed farm business.

Call Number: 82 THO
Subjects: Agribusiness , Farm management and decision making

Title: Family farming : a new economic vision
Author: Marty Strange
Published: Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press ; San Francisco : Institute for Food and Development Policy , c1988

Summary: This book exposes the bias in American farm policies that encourage expansion, challenges the assumption bigger is better, critiques the technological base of modern agriculture, calls for farming practices that are ethical, economical, and ecologically sound, and recommends alternative policies to save the family farm.

ISBN: 0803291949
Call Number: 80 STR
Subjects: Agribusiness , Alternative agriculture, advocacy , Family farms , Government policy and programs , Small farms

Title: How to Direct Market Your Beef
Author: Jan Holder
Published: Beltsville, MD : Sustainable Agriculture Network , 2005

Summary: Everything you need to know about the direct marketing of beef from selling the whole carcass to selling cuts of meat including labeling, packaging, record keeping, marketing and advertising.

ISBN: 1-888626-11-9
Call Number: 84.75
Subjects: Advertising , Agribusiness , Beef , Cattle, beef , Marketing , Marketing direct to consumers , Meat products , Meat products, marketing , Natural foods, marketing , Packaging , Pricing , Sales , Value-added

Title: How to earn extra money in the country : a country living resources guide
Author: Ken Scharabok
Published: Waverly, TN : 2005

Summary: This book emphasizes the possibilities of products and servicesw hich can provide supplemental income and contains a three page listing of potential opportunities.

Call Number: 80.13 SCH
Subjects: Agribusiness , Alternative enterprises , Homesteading , Self-sufficiency , Sustainable living

Title: Metrofarm : the guide to growing for big profit on a small parcel of land
Author: Michael Olson
Published: Santa Cruz, CA : TS Books , 1994

Summary: Given that small farming operations located in or near cities can be very profitable this book presents the technologies used by space-intensive farmers from around the world, and includes chapter length conversations with successful metrofarmers. Topics include understanding agriculture and agribusiness, developing a metrofarm strategy, surveying the market, evaluating and controlling land, selecting crops, organizing a business, establishing production, and marketing.

ISBN: 0963787608
Call Number: 57 OLS
Subjects: Agribusiness , Alternative enterprises , Crop production , Farm management and decision making , Land use , Market surveys , Marketing , Marketing direct to consumers , New businesses planning , Small farms

Title: Pigs, profits and rural communities
Contributors: Kendall M. Thu and E. Paul Durrenberger, editors
Published: Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press , c1998
Series: SUNY Series in Anthropological Studies of Contemporary Issues

Summary: This book addresses the social impacts accompanying the transition from family farm operated pork production systems to a more vertically integrated industrial model and challenges the current economic and agriculture production literature for giving less attention to the consequences of this change for people, surrounding neighborhoods, and local communities.

ISBN: 0791438880
Call Number: 72 PIG
Subjects: Agribusiness , Agricultural ecology , Corporate livestock facilities , Hogs , Meat industry , Pork , Rural development

Title: Structural and financial characteristics of U.S. farms, 1995 : 20th annual family farm report to Congress
Contributors: Judith E. Sommer ... [et. al.]
Published: Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service , [1998]
Series: Agriculture information bulletin no. 746

Summary: This report, based on USDA's 1995 Agricultural Resource Management Study brings together different components of farming to describe them and examine their roles in agricultural production. Sections cover the characteristics of farm businesses, farm operators and farm operator households.

Call Number: 82 STR
Subjects: Agribusiness , Family farms , Farm income , Farm management and decision making , Finance , Small farms

Title: Three farms : making milk, meat, and money from the American soil
Author: Mark Kramer
Published: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press , c1987

Summary: An updated version of an earlier work, the author, in setting to understand why there are so many abandoned farms and ruined farmers and what forces are shaping agriculture, describes three farms at work: a small independent dairy farm, a subsidized hog farm, and a huge corporate farm.

ISBN: 0674889363
Call Number: 80 KRA
Subjects: Agribusiness , Alternative agriculture, advocacy , Dairy production , Family farms , Farm life , Farmers , Incorporated farms


Title: An agribusiness plan buide : a workbook for agricultural enterprises
Published: Austin, TX : Texas Dept. of Agriculture

Summary: An agribusiness plan model designed to be used as both a guideline and a workbook, with planning instructions and sample worksheets.

Call Number: 81.41 AGR
Subjects: Agribusiness , Entrepreneurship , New businesses planning

Title: Alternative financial/organizational structures of farm and agribusiness firms
Author: Michael Boehlje
Second Author: David Lins
Published: Lafayette, IN : Cooperative Extension Service/Purdue University, Media Distribution Center , April 1995

Summary: This North Central Region Extension Publication describes the the range of options for organizing a financing a business, including criteria for choosing a particular business structure, legal organization, discussion of different business arrangements (contract production, joint ventures etc.), leasing, equity capital and debt capital.

Call Number: 82.21 BOE
Subjects: Agribusiness , Beginning farming , Entrepreneurship , Farm management and decision making , Finance , Management , New business management , New businesses planning

Title: Expolring the small farm dream : is starting an agricultural business right for you?
Author: Kathryn Hayes
Second Author: Eric Toensmeier, Michelle Wiggins, and Judith Gillian
Published: Belchertown, MA : New England Small Farm Institute , 2002 1

Summary: This workbook,based on the North East Small Farm Institute's course of the same name, will help you to understand the realities of self-employment; assess current skills and available resources; preform market research to determine business concept potential; decided whether or not to farm as a business; and create a personal action plan to guide next steps.

Call Number: 83.5 HAY
Subjects: Agribusiness , Beginning farming , Small farms

Title: New industrial uses, new markets for U.S. crops : status of technology and commercial adoption
Contributors: Prepared by Jonathan Harsch for U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research Service, Office of Agricultural Materials
Published: [Washington, D.C.] : Cooperative State Research Service , August, 1993

Summary: This publication briefly describes the current status and future potential of bio-based materials, and highlights the opportunities for private-public partnerships in developing and commercializing new products from agricultural commodities. There are sections on castor and lesquerella, corn, crambe and industrial rapeseed, dairy products, biodiesel, ethanol, forest products, guayule, jojoba, kenaf, livestock byproducts, milkweed, polymers from crops, soybeans, taxol and other pharmaceuticals, and wheat. There is a list of contacts at the end of each section.

Call Number: 86 NEW
Subjects: Agribusiness , Alternative enterprises , Specialty crops

Title: New industrial uses, new markets for U.S. crops : status of technology and commercial adoption
Contributors: Prepared for the USDA by Hudson and Harsch, Maumee, Ohio, October, 1992
Published: Washington , D.C.? : [Cooperative State Research Service] , October, 1992

Summary: This publication was prepared for the Biobased Products Expo 92 in St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 6-9. There are sections on castor and lesquerella, corn, crambe and industrial rapeseed, dairy products, biodiesel, ethanol, forest products, guayule, jojoba, kenaf, livestock byproducts, milkweed, polymers from crops, soybeans, soybeans, taxol and other pharmaceuticals, and wheat.

Call Number: 86 NEW
Subjects: Agribusiness , Alternative enterprises

Title: Reorganizing U.S. agriculture : the rise of industrial agriculture and direct marketing
Author: Rick Welsh
Published: Greenbelt, MD : Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture , 1997
Series: Policy studies report no. 7

Summary: The structure of U.S. agriculture is characterized by two separate food streams, a vertically integrated system of production, processing and marketing, and a system of direct marketing with close links between producers and consumers. Legislative efforts to regulate contract production or ban corporate farming, and the development of direct marketing are attempts to spread out the returns of farming and maintain sufficient diversity in the production, processing and marketing of farm products.

Subjects: Agribusiness , Alternative agriculture, advocacy , Marketing direct to consumers

Title: Starting and strengthening farmer's markets in Pennsylvania : a guide to help farmers, consumers and communities renew this age-old marketing method
Contributors: the Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Published: Harrisburg, PA : the Center for Rural Pennsylvania , 2002 2nd edition

Summary: a helpful workbook for anyone intersted in starting a farmer's market

Call Number: 85.4 STA
Subjects: Agribusiness , Farmers' markets


Title: 1997 census of agricultureVolume 1 : geographic area series
Published: Washington, D.C. : National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA , 1999

Summary: The census of agriculture is conducted every five years and is a major source of information about production agriculture in the U.S., including data on the numbers of farms, land in farms, land use, irrigation, crops, livestock, poultry, value of farm products sold, production expenses and operator characteristics. The contents of these CD-ROMs correspond to printed reports part 1 through 51 with limited state level data for prior years.

Publishers Number: 1A, 1B, 1C
Call Number: 50 NIN
Subjects: Agribusiness , Crop production , Economic forecasting , Farm labor , Farm management and decision making , Farmers , Irrigation , Land use , Livestock , Poultry , Sales


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Steps to Ag Business Development (Iowa State University)
Starting A Small Business: The Feasibility Analysis (Montana State University)
Risk Management (Kansas Rural Center)
Positive Practices in Farm Labor Management (ATTRA)
Moving Beyond Conventional Cash Cropping (ATTRA)
How To Determine Your Cost of Production (University of California-Davis)
Feasibility Studies (University of Kentucky)
Evaluating a Rural Enterprise (ATTRA)
Economic Analysis of a New Business, Doing it Right (Kansas State University)
Developing a New Co-Owned Agricultural Business: How Do We Start a Value-Added Firm? (North Dakota State University)
Conducting a Feasibility Study (University of Wisconsin)
Business Library (University of Missouri)
Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses (SARE)
Alternative Financial/Organizational Structures of Farm and Agribusiness Firms (Purdue University)
Agriculture Business Planning Templates and Resouces (ATTRA)
Agri-Business Development Guide 2000: A Quick Desk Reference (University of Kentucky)

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