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Department of Agriculture Yearbooks

Prior to 1862, the Annual Agricultural Report was published in the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Patents.

The Department of Agriculture was established in 1862 and was administered by a Commissioner until 1889. At that time, the Department was enlarged and the Commissioner's office became the Secretary of Agriculture.

From 1862 to 1893, the newly formed Department of Agriculture began issuing its own annual report in one volume. Starting in 1894, the annual report encompassed two volumes: one for the Secretary's and other executive reports and one for the Yearbook of Agriculture.

The Yearbook began in 1894 as the second volume of the Annual Report of the Secretary of Agriculture and reviewed developments in agriculture over the prior year. Until 1936 the Yearbook contained this summary report as well as "unrelated articles on current agricultural research or study" as well as statistical tables. From 1936 on, the series changed, focusing each volume on a single topic of interest and addressing the volumes to the American public, initially to farmers and in more recent decades, to American consumers.

Congress ended funding for the agriculture yearbooks in 1992. The USDA produced a volume called the "Agricultural Fact Book" starting for the year 1996 but it too was discontinued in 2002. The Agricultural Fact Book was described as, "a handy reference tool that offers information about U.S. Agriculture and describes all USDA programs. It also provides useful information about food safety, nutrition, rural issues, research, education, and natural resources."

Annual Report, Department of Agriculture
Year Location Notes
1862 office Donated by Elizabeth Fessenden in honor of her father.

[Condition: Complete but poor. Cover detached.]

Contents: Isaac Newton, Commissioner of Agriculture. The first annual report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture which was established by Congress on May 15, 1862. Illustrated with 47 full page plates in the front, 20+ on pears & apples, race horses, sheep, steers, butterflies, etc & 32 additional illustrations of cutaway apples & pears in the text as well as 20 plus woodcuts of poultry & hen houses, aquatic fowl houses some quite elaborate feeding troughs, etc.  27 woodcuts of insects & butterflies in the Entomology section, etc., in the text. 632 pages.
1863   Presented to the 38th Congress, 1st Session of the House of Representatives and President Lincoln. Includes the report itself, a narrative on the agricultural exhibition at Hamburg, some notes on a few individual states, the tobacco crop, root crops, flax, apples, pears, grapes, cavaly horses, the conestoga horse, mule raising, cattle, goats, sheep, meteorology for 1863, agricultural statistics. 47 numbered wood-engraved plates of fruit, sheep, mules, horses, cattle, pigs, etc. ; wood-engraved plates of farm machinery; wood-engraved figures throughout the text. Articles include popular varieties of the apple, pear and grape (20 plates , 8 figures). Cranberry culture (2 plates), grape culture in the US. 698 pages.
1864 office Contents include articles on Sorghum, Flax culture, The Hop Plant, Garden vegetables, Hybridising native grapes, Popular varieties of hardy fruits (19 plates + figures), Holstein cattle (3 plates + 5 of other breeds), Fine wooled sheep & Spanish merinos (9 plates), Texel sheep (2 plates + 1 of Cotswolds & 2 Cotswold crosses), Game birds of the US (5 plates), Oology of New England land birds, Fresh and salt water aquaria (2 plates). 676pp, 47 plates.
1865   Contents: "Resources and industrial condition of the southern States" by Daniel R. Goodloe; "The peach, its propagation, cultivation, varieties, et." by Isaac Pullen; "American forests, their destruction and preservation" by Rev. Frederick Starr, Jr.; "Market gardening in the vicinity of New York" by Peter Henderson; "Potato culture in Lake county, Ohio" by L. S. Abbott; "Botanical history of sorghum" by F. Pech; "American dairying, its rise, progress, and national importance" by X. A. Willard; "Bee-keeping" by Mrs. Ellen S. Tupper; "White Chester breed of swine" by Paschall Morris; "The American Merinoes of Vermont;" "The cattle plague in Europe" by J. R. Dodge; among others. 608 pages.
1866 office 656 pages, in fair condition: cover is faded and worn on edges, spine exposed between 2nd page and frontispiece, back cover inside lining split partway, much foxing of pages or discoloration due to its use as a fern press.
1867 office 512 pages.
1868   Fold-out illustration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Building in Washington. Topics include: Agricultural resources of Alaska; Hints in horticulture; American grape culture; Cultivation of the peanut; The potato; Osage hedges; Espanto grass; Statistics on bee-keeping; Silk culture in the United States; Practical entomology for farmers' sons; Progress in American fish culture; Country roads & road laws; The Marl Region of Virginia; Mineral fertilizers of the Atlantic States; Concentrated fertilizers in the southern states; State reports in agriculture; Our agricultural colleges; American works in agriculture & the rural economy; Agricultural & horticultural periodicals; Meteorlogy of 1868; Food & habits of beetles. 671 pages.
1870 office Presented at the Forty-first Congress, Third Session. March 3, 1871. Contents include 33 illustrations and reports and papers that include:  Tests of Department Seeds, The Opium Poppy, Forest Culture, Silk Culture, The Texas Cattle-trade and so much more. [Historical Note:  This book is from the estate of Thompson Van Hyning who was the director of the Iowa Sate Museum from 1904 until 1914 when he was appointed as the first director of The Florida Museum of Natural History (formerly known as the Florida State Museum). He ran the Museum virtually unassisted for 29 years.]  688 pages.
1871   524 pages.
1872   Contents: Influenza in horses; reclamation of waste & swamp lands in California; microspopic investigations; fish-culture in the United States; one hundred years of progress in U.S. agriculture; silk-cultivation in the U.S.; city milk supply; progress of industrial education by State; recent rural publications on farming; farm equipment; digest of state agricultural reports (for Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, & Ohio); the forests of the United States; U.S. agriculural exports; market prices in key U.S. cities for farm products in 1872; livestock market in major cities; harmful insects to farming; forest cultivation on the Plains; organization of swine-breeding. 524 pages.
1875 office 536 pages. Catalog of forest trees of the U.S., Microscopic Observations, The sheep and wool of the world, Statistics of foresry, Tests of department seeds, Popular varieties of fruit, Improved Minnesota flour, Potato flour, or farina, Alfalfa, French mode of curing forage, Dairy-record, The short-horned breed of cattle, Hog-cholera, Introduction to the alpaca, History of our rural organizations, Progress of industrial education, Farm facts and experiments, Agricultural-experiment stations in Europe.
1876 office 447 pages. [CONDITION:  Foldout frontispiece map of the United States. edgewear, rubbing and soiling to boards. Chewing damage or large chip to back cover and corner portion of back pages of book. Wording within text however is not disturbed and still in good reading condition. Interior is browned from age with some minor soiling. Binding is split along front cover edge of spine about 1/2 way. Cover is still with the book though. Full-page and outline illustrations along with figures, diagrams and tables. No visible marks/writing within.]
1877 Contents: Report of the Commissioner, Appendix to the Report on The sugar-cane industry, Report of the Superintendent of Gardens and Grounds, Report of the Chemist, Report of the Entomologist and Curator of the Museum, Report of the Statistician, Maize and sorghum as sugar plants, Rocky Mountain locust, Cattle improvement in the U. S., The Chinese tea plant, The olive, Shipments of fresh meat to Europe, Diseases of domestic animals, Departmental correspondence, Some facts relating to the cultivation and consumption of oranges, Cranberry culture in New Jersey and European agricultural statistics. 592 pages.
1878 office [CONTENTS:Report of grasses and forage plants (including many illustration), A lot of pages are spent describing diseases of swine. This includes many illustrations - color and black & white. 609 pages.
1879 office Donated by Faith & John Barbato

Report of the Statistician is a table of the wages paid for Farm Labor by each state. This table includes individual wages for Transient farm laborers, Shoemakers, Carpenters, Blacksmithing, Wheel-wrighting. Report on Value of Lands (including tables) with much information about the Confederate States. TOC: Report of the Commissioner - Report of the Chemist - Report of the Statistician - Report of the Entomologist - Report of the Botanist on Grasses - Report of the Superintendent of Gardens and Grounds - Report of Dr. H.J. Detmers on Swine Plague - Report of Dr. James Law on Swine Fever. Miscellaneous Papers: Contagious Pleuro-pneumonia of Cattle - Contagious Pleuro-pneumonia, extent of its Prevalence - Cattle plague, or Rinderpest - Experiments with Department Seeds - Vegetable Fibers in the Collection of the Department. 621 pages.

1880   672 pages.
1881 - 1882 office Donated by Faith & John Barbato

Missing plate VI (Graphs 16 & 17) 703 pages.
1883   469 pages.
1884 office 580 pages.
1885 office 640 pages.
1886 office 719 pages, many plates of which many are color. Excellent condition.
1886 office Donated by Faith & John Barbato
1887 office 63 Illustrations, very clear and precise drawings, some colored, of mostl things pertaining to agriculture, including bugs. 9 Diagrams. 724 pages. Large foldout map of Indian Territory in Wyoming including Indian Tribal names. Map is slightly torn where it is attached to book. Some pages are stained, all mostly yellowed from age. Pages are all intact
1888 office Donated by Kevin Walker

Contents: Silk culture & production in the United States; the Hop-Plant Louse; osterich farming in America; agricultural colleges in the U.S.; apple-rust; barley production; buckwheat production; cotton crop of 1887; cattle losses; agriculture in Egypt; report of the sparrow-hawk; U.S. forest products; hay production; grasses & forage plants; hog production & hog cholera; forestry interests of Michigan; oats production; potato production; rye production; sheep; the English sparrow; U.S. agricultural imports & exports; the Mink; truck farming; rot of potato, tomato, cherry; tobacco production; report of new fruits. 707 pages, illustrated, including over 30 plates - several in color lithographs.

1889 office 560 pages. There are 8 half page size color plates of leaves under a microscope. There are 5 full size color plates of seed oils. There are 2 full page size color plates of insects and some other pages with b/w drawings.There are 2 full page color plates of owls. One full size color plate of vegetable pathology. There are 8 full page size color plates of fruit.
1890 office [CONDITION] There are 12 pages missing (pgs 417-428, most of the color plates). 612 pages.
1891 office Donated by Kevin Walker
1892 office 6" x 9-1/4" hardcover, 656 pages. Well-illustrated throughout with text figures plus 48 black & white plates and 20 color plates.
1893 office [CONDTION] Fair. Brown cloth. Pages yellowing. Wear to cover, edges, spine. Spine cracked. Pages brittle. 608 pages.
Yearbook of Agriculture
Year Location Notes
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1895 office J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska, founder of Arbor Day, was Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland, and gave the extensive Secretary's report in this yearbook. 656 pages.
1896 office Topics Include: Extermination of Noxious Animals by Bounties; Influence of Environment in the Origination of Plant Varieties; Potash and its Function in Agriculture; Some Common Poisonous Plants; Timothy in the Prairie Region; Seed Production and Seed Saving; Migration of Weeds; Cowpeas; Improvement of our Native Fruits; The Superior Value of Large, Heavy Seeds; Tree Planting in Waste Places on the Farm; The Asparagus Beetles; Olive Culture in the U. S.; The Uses of Wood; Some Standard Varieties of Chickens; Methods of Propagating the Orange and other Citrus Fruits; Improvements in Wheat Culture; Pruning and Training Grapes. 686 pages. [CONDITION: Some edge staining.]
1897 office Topics include:  The Work of the Department for the Farmer; Birds that Injure Grain; Lawns and Lawn Making; Objet-Lesson Roads; Some Interesting Soil Problems; Additional Notes of Seed Testing; Some Edible and Poisonous Fungi; The Present Status of Flax Culture in the U.S.; Leguminous Forage Crops; Utilization of By-products of Dairy; Danger of Importing Insect Pests; The Agricultural Outlook of the Coast of Alaska; Agricultural Production and Prices; Rainfall of the Crop Season. Excellent condition. Many color lithos. 792 pages.
1898 office Topics include: New work in the Weather Bureau; The Danger of Introducing Noxious Animals and Birds; The Principal Insects Affecting the Tobacco Plant; Birds as Weed Destroyers; Insects Injurious to Beans and Peas; Millets, The Public Domain of the United States; Improvement of Plants by Selection; The Movement and Retention of Water in Soils; Sand-Binding Grasses; Keeping Goats for Profit; The Present Condition of Grape Culture in California; The Hawaiian Islands; Notes on Some English Farms and Farmers. 768 pages.
1899 office 880 pages. Contents: Development of Knowledge Concerning Animal Diseases; Progress in Economic Entomology; Ag Education; Progress in the Treatment of Plant Diseases; The Relation of Chemistry to the Progress of Ag; Soil Investigation; Progress of Economic and Scientific Agrostology; Progress of Road Building; Dairy Development; Development of the Nutrition Investigations of the Department of Ag; The Practice of Forestry; Growth of the Tobacco Industry; Administrative Work of the Federal Government in Relation to the Animal Industry; Progress of Plant Breeding; Development of Ag Libraries; Ag Experiment Stations; Seed Selling, Seed Growing and Seed Testing; Progress of Commercial Growing of Plants Under Glass; Rise and Future of Irrigation; Succulent Forage for the Farm and Dairy; Work of the Breeder in Improving Live Stock; Development of Transportation.
1900 office Donated by Faith & John Barbato
1901 office James Wilson, Secretary of Agriculture. Topics include: Relation of Nutrition to the Health of Plants; Insects as Carriers and Spreaders of Disease; The Future Demand for American Cotton; The Timber Resources of Nebraska; Progress in Plant and Animal Breeding; Agriculturals Seeds - Where Grown and How Handled; The Cotton-seed Industry; Influence of Environment on the Chemical Composition of Plants; Road Building and Convict Labor in the Southern States; Little-known Fruit Varieties Considered Worthy of Wider Dissemination; The Home Fruit Garden; The Hemp Industry in the U.S.; The Chinook Winds; Wheat Ports of the Pacific Coast; Commercial Apple Orcharding. 846 pages. [CONDITION: Missing plates 15, 16 & 17]
1902 office 912 pages. Illustrated with 11 Color Plates, 129 b/w Plates. 1 fold-out map, 33 within-text illustrations/drawings/charts, 1 color Plate Map, 3 b/w Plate Maps, 11 within text Maps. Contents: Frontispiece: Henry Leavitt Ellsworth, of Connecticut, with short Bio, Report of the Secretary, George William Hill, Climate of the Forest-Denuded Portion of the Upper Lake Region, by Willis L. Moore, Practibility of Forest Planting in the United States, by William L. Hall, Dairying at Home and Abroad, by Henry E. Alvord, The San Jose Scale: Its Native Home and Natural Enemy, by C. L. Marlatt, The Contamination of Public Water Supplies by Algæ, by Georg T. Moore, Wet and Dry Seasons in California, by Alexander G. McAdie, Audubon Societies in Relation to the Farmer, by Henry Oldys, Industrial Progress in Plant Work, by B. T. Galloway, Some Engineering Feature of Drainage, by C. G. Elliott, Top Working Orchard Trees, by G. Harold Powell, The Education Value of Live-Stock Exhibitions, by George M. Rommell, Some of the Principal Insect Enemies of Coniferous Forests in the United States, by A. D. Hopkins, Analysis of Waters and Interpretation of the Results, by J. K. Haywood, Distribution and Magnitude of the Poultry and Egg Industry, by George Fayette Thompson, The Influence of Forestry Upon the Lumber Industry, by Overton W. Price, The Agaves, A Remarkable Group of Useful Plants, by E. W. Nelson, Chemical Studies of Some Forest Products of Economic Importance, by William H. Krug, Bacteria and the Nitrogen Problem, by George T. Moore, Systems of Farm Management in the United States, by W. J. Spillman, Improvement of Cotton by Seed Selection, by Herbert J. Webber, The Cost of Food as Related to Its Nutritive Value, by R. D. Milner, Grape, Raisin, and Wine Production in the United States, by George C. Husmann, Flaxseed Production, Commerce, and Manufacture in the United States, by Charles M. Daugherty, Use of Mineral Oil in Road Improvement, by James W. Abbott, Selecting and Judging Horses for Market and Breeding Purposes, by W. J. Kennedy, Promising New Fruits, by William a. Taylor, Progress in Secondary Education in Agriculture, by A. C. True, Plants as a Factor in Home Adornment, by L. C. corbett, Practice, Crop Rotation, by George K. Holmes, Tests on the Physical Properties of Timber, by F. E. Olmsted, Improvement of Corn by Seed Selection, by C. P. Hartley, Fertilizers for Special Crops, by A. F. Woods & R. E. B. McKenney, Crops Used in the Reclamation of Alkali Lands in Egypt, by Thomas H. Kearney & Thomas H. Means, Some Practical Results of Experiment Station Work, by W. H. Beal, Cultivation and Fertilization of Peach Orchards, by M. B. Waite, Rainfall and Irrigation, by Edward A. Beals, Fot-and-Mouth Disease, by D. E. Salmon.
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1905 office Gypsy & brown-tail moths & their European parasites;Way in which the Dept of Ag & the Experiment Stations supplement each other; young trees for forest planting; diversified farming in the Cotton Belt; Dark, Fire-cured Tobacco of Virigina and the possibilities for its improvement; extension of the River & Flood Service of the Weather Bureau; Table Syrups; Insect Enemies of forest reproduction; the business of seed & plant introduction and distribution, fruit & its uses as food; the principal insect enemies of the peach; the handling of fruit for transportation; meadow mice in relation to Ag & Horiculture; the effect of inbreeding in plants; renovated butter, it's origin & history; ostrich farming in Arizona; the relation of irrigation to dry farming; new opportunities in subtropical fruit growing; prolonging the life of telephone poles; farm practice in the control of field-crop insects; formaldehyde, its compostion & use; waste in logging Southern Yellow Pine; promising new fruits; causes affecting farm values; progress in drug-plant cultivation; federal game production. 815 pages.
1906 office Topics include: Preparation of unfermented apple juice, plant diseases in 1906, boll weevil, lime-sulphur wash methods for scale control, road construction, game wardens, citrus & pineapple production, pecan types as promising new fruit, tuberculosis in cattle, new citrus types, forestry, types of tobacco, apple types, weather of the year, value of crops. 720 pages.
1907 office  
1908 office Contents include: Economic value of predaceous birds, the Wastes of the Farm, Some Facts About Tuburculous Cattle, The Search for New Leguminous Forage Crops, Suitable Paper for Permanent Records, The So-called Change of Climate in the Semiarid West, Nouse Plagues, Their Control and Prevention, The Relations Between Birds and Insects, Intensive Methods and Systematic Rotation of Crops in Tobacco Culture, Use of Poisons for Destroying Noxious Mammals, Instruments for Making Weather Observatios on the Farm, By-products of the Sugar Beet and Their Uses, Soil Mulches for Checking Evaporation.
1909 office Contents include - 1. Farmers' Cooperative Demonstration Work, 2. Methods and Costs of Marketing, 3. Conditions Influencing Production of Sugar-beet Seed, 4. Plants Useful to Attract Birds and Protect Fruit, 5. Problems of an Irrigation Farmer, 6. Pocket Gophers as Enemies of Trees, 7. Functions and Value of Soil Bacteria, 8. Tuberculosis of Hogs and How to Control It, 9. Farming as an Occupation for City-bred Men, 10. Introduction of the Hungarian partridge to the U.S., 11. Future Wheat Supply of the U.S., 12. Vegetable Seed Growing as a Business, 13. Information in Regard to Fabricated Wire Fences and Hints to Purchasers, 14. Methods of Applying Water to Crops, 15. Methods of Producing Higher Yielding Strains of Corn, 16. Agriculture in the Coal Regions of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 17. Opportunities in Forest Planting, 18. Comforts and Conveniences in Farmers' Homes, 19. Prevention of Frost Injury to Fruit Crops, 20. Handling of Deciduous Fruits on the Pacific Coast, 21. Promising New Fruits, 22. How Farmers May Utilize the Special Warnings of the Weather Bureau, 23. Injuries to Forest Trees by Flat-headed Borers.
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1914 office 715 pages.
1915 office Illustrated with 60 B&W photos plates, B&W drawings & color front is of corn. Topics: Marketing Woodlot Products, How Hawaii Helps Farmers Market Their Products, Shipping Fish 3000 Miles to Market, The Boys' Pig Club Work, Rural Cooperative Laundry, Karakul Sheep, Grasshopper Outbreaks, Native Pasture Management in the West. 616 pages.
1916 office Articles include Report of the Secretary; Color as an Indication of the Picking Maturity of Fruits and Vegetables; Farms, Forests, and Erosion; Some American Vegetable Food Oils, Their Sources and Methods of Production; Sewage Disposal on the Farm: Destroying rodent Pests on the Farm; The Thanksgiving Turkey; and many more - A Graphic Summary of World Agriculture, maps of information on World Population and the geographic distribution of crops and livestock. 783 pages.
1917 office An historic report. On April 6,1917, a state of war with Germany was declared by Congress. According to Secretary, David Franklin Houston, 1916 was a harsh agricultural year production-wise and going into the was, the U.S was in a tough position. He called for devotion and willingness of all to kmake sacrifices and not seek selfish advantage and placed the service of his department to the efforts of concluding the conflict. Topics include:  The Soy-bean Industry in the U. S.; Pesent Status of the Peanut Industry; Federal Aid to Highways; Value of Records to the Farmer; Production of Drug-plants in the U.S.; Rest Rooms for Women in Marketing Centers; A Wasted Sugar Supply (Honey); Sugar Supplu of the U.S.; the world's Supply of Wheat; The Seed Supply of the Nation. 853 pages.
1918 office  
1919 office Topics include: Prewar Crop Estimates in Germany; Community Tile Drainage Construction; Farm Practices in Growing Wheat; Three Centuries of Tobacco; Electric Light and Power the Farm Home; Cooperative Improvement of Citrus Varieties; The Reorganization of the Country School; Common Sense in Poultry Keeping; Home Production of Lime by the Farmer; What the Farmer Should Expect from the Seedsman; Securing a Dry Cellar; Trapping on the Farm. 790 pages. Good condition.
1920 office Donated by Kevin Walker

Topics include: European Corn Borer in American Corn; Pig Parasites and Thumps, Runts and the Remedy; Flowering of Plants and the Length of Plants and the Length of Days; Putting Wood Waste to Work. 888 pages. [CONDITION: Binding is separated but repairable.]

1921 office References liberally illustrated with drawings and photographs. Chapter titles include The Corn Crop, Our Beef Supply, The Cotton Situation, various crop statistics and maps, with much more. 885 pages.
1922 office [CONDITION: Binding starting to separate. Appears complete. Good reference copy.]
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1924 office  
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1926 4  
1927 4  
1928 office 1145 pages. [CONDITION: Cover looks molded and separated from binding. Intact and interior perfect.]
1929 - Not included in Congressional documents
1930 4  
1931 office  
1932 4 The Year in Agriculture; What's New in Agriculture; Farm Mechanization: Our Land Use Problem: Farm Data in 1930 Census: How to Use Farm Credit: New Uses for Farm Products; Fertilizer Developments: Living Standards on the Farm; Agricultural Statistics. 975 pages.
1932 office The Year in Agriculture; What's New in Agriculture; Farm Mechanization: Our Land Use Problem: Farm Data in 1930 Census: How to Use Farm Credit: New Uses for Farm Products; Fertilizer Developments: Living Standards on the Farm; Agricultural Statistics. 975 pages.
1933 office Milton S. Eisenhower, editor. Arthur M. Hyde, Agriculture Secretary. Contents: Agriculture and the World Crisis (discussion of the effects of WW-I and the depression on agriculture), cotton, wheat, feed grains and forage, livestock, dairying, poultry and eggs, fruits and vegetables, the farm business and the farm home. Agricultural statistics on grain, sugar, cotton, tobacco, misc. crops, beef cattle, hogs, sheep, horses, mules and asses, dairy and poultry, agricultural trade. 789 pages. Great condition.
1934 office Milton S. Eisenhower, editor. 783 pages, 541 Data Tables, 117 Photos.
1935 office Milton S. Eisenhower, editor. Henry A. Wallace, Agriculture Secretary. Rexford G. Tugwell, Under Secretary. The book outlines economy recovery from the depression, the need for "production control" to prevent the cycles of over- and under-production and the 1934 drought, "the worst ever recorded in this country."  762 pages.
1936 4 This year it is devoted to exploring a single subject - the creative development of new forms of life through plant and animal breeding. The material is the outcome of a survey of superior germ plasm made by the Committee on Genetics. Chapters include: "Heredity under the Microscope"; "Unusual Possibilities in Breeding"; " Improvement in Wheat"; "Problems and Results in Barley Breeding"; " Superior Germ Plasm in Oats"; "Improvement in Rice"; "Corn Improvement"; "Sorghum Improvement"; "Sugarcane: Its Origin and Improvement"; "Improvement of the Sugar Beet"; Glossary of Genetic Terms. 1189 pages.
1937 office Chapter titles include Cucurbits, Blackberries and Raspberries, Stone Fruits, Miscellaneous  Grasses. 1497 pages.
1938 4 "Soils & Men " - 1232 pages.
1938 office "Soils & Men " - 1232 pages.
1939 4 "Food and Life" - Comprehensive work on human & animal nutrition, showing that human beings & animals have fundamentally the same needs in terms of nutrition & their health and productivity. 1165 pages.
1940 office "Farmer's in a Changing World" - American farming conditions just at the commencement of WWII. Recent development of agricultural policy, appraisal of today's agricultural problems, conservation, soil, foreign trade, industrial markets, inspection of farm products, crop insurance, rural taxation, overcrowded farms, farm tenancy, organizations, science and agricultural policy, rural electrification, etc. 1215 pages. 76th Congress, 3rd Session: House Document No. 695.
1941 office "Climate and Man" - Claude R.Wickard, Secretary of Agriculture. Topics include artiles on the folowing topics: Climate as a World Influence; Climate and Agricultural Setlement; Climate and the Farmer; The Scientific Approach to Weather and Climate; Climatic Data, With Special Reference to Agriculture in the U.S. 1248 pages.
1942 office "Keeping Livestock Healthy" - Sections on: fundamentals of disease & insect control, important general diseases common to several species, common diseases & parasites of horses & mules, diseases & parasites of cattle, diseases of swine, diseases of sheep & goats, common diseases of poultry, common diseases of dogs & cats, and wildlife diseases & parasites. 1271 pages.
1943 - 1947 office "Science in Farming" - Reports, Findings, and Research into meat production and animal husbandry, animal pests and diseases, breeding, disease vectors, animal feeds, fruits and field crops, genetics, science, farming technology, hogs, poultry, milk and dairy production, plant technology - growth regulators, disease resistance, trees, soils, cereal grains, sugar crops, insect control, DDT, new products, fibers, new practices, marketing economics, changes, experiments, theory, forecasting, science, and etc. 944 pages.
1948 office "Grass" - This book is divided in two parts, Grass in the Nations Life (388 pages), and Grass in the Ten [U.S.] Regions (502 pages). Mostly two-column pages, with tables, charts, maps, figures, half-tones, color plates, Lists of Plant Names, For Further Reference, and Index; plus xiv pages Foreword, The Editor's Preface, and Contents. 892 pages.
1949 office "Trees" - 944 pages.
1950 - 1951 office "Crops in Peace and War" - Reports, Findings, and Research into crop genetics, science, farming technology, byproduct utilization, agricultural processing, new resources, fibers, oils, sugars, starches, feeds, food preservation, cotton, maple sugar, sugar beets, sugar cane, milk sugar, forest crops, potatoes, fruits, drying, freezing, cereal grains, rice, citrus, the environment, economics, and livestock. 942 pages.
1952 office "Insects" - 72 color plates. 780 pages. Contents Include: Introduction to Insects, How To Identify Insects, Insects as Helpers, Insects as Destroyers, The Nature of Insecticides, Applying Insecticides, Warnings as to Insecticides, Resistance to Insecticides, Fumigants, Quarantines, Other Controls, Economic Entomology, Insects, Man & Homes, Insects of Cotton, Insects and Vegetables, Insects on Fruit, Insects on Field Crops, Pests on Ornamentals, Livestock and Insects, Forests, Trees and Pests, Insects and Wildlife, Bibliography and Appendix, Color Plates of "Important" Insects .
1953 office "Plant Diseases" - Chapters include: Costs and Causes; Bases of Controls; Growing Healthier Plants; Grasses and Legumes; Cotton; Food and Feed Grains; Vegetable Crops & Diseases; Sugar Crops & Diseases; The Tobacco Plant & Diseases: Some Ornamentals & Diseases; Fruits and Nuts & Diseases. 940 pages.
1954 office "Marketing" - 83d Congress, 2d Session, House Document No. 280.
1955 office "Water" - Maps, tables, illustrations; index. Explains the nature, behavior, and conservation of water in agriculture, hydroelectric power, navigation, industrial use and pollution are discussed. 751 pages.
1956 office "Animal Diseases" - 84th Congress, 2d Session, House Document No. 344.
1957 office "Soil" - Covered topics include: Principles, Fertility, Practices, Soil Care, Moisture, Systems, Regions, etc. 784 pages. 85th Congress, 1st Session, House Doc. No. 30.
1958 office "Land" - 605 pages.
1959 office "Food"
1960 office "Power to Produce"
1961 office "Seed Edition" - 87th Congress; House Doc. 29. Forward by Orville L Freeman, Sec. of Ag. Preface by Alfred Stefferud, Ed of Yearbook. 7 parts including : Seeds: their importance, life processes, production, processing, certification, testing, & marketing. Over 50 pg of b/w illustrations. Seeks to provide a new and improved  basis for understanding the complex order of Nature's forces so that man can better shape them in a positive and creative fashion. 591 pages.
1962 office "After A Hundred Years" - History of American agriculture from approx 1862 to 1962. Black and white photos throughout. 688 pages.
1963 office "A Place to Live" - This is a collection of essays about the state of U.S. agriculture in the early 1960's, ranging from topics like sprawl to the importance of developing co-ops. 585 pages.
1964 office "A Farmer's World" - 592 pages.
1965 office "Consumer's All" - "This book presents practical results of the Department's efforts to make the lives of people healthier, happier, more fulfilling."  Contents include articles on Houses; Furnishings; Equipment; Finances; Safeguards; Plants; Outdoors; Activities; Clothing; Food. 496 pages.
1966 office "Protecting Our Food" - Interesting mix of articles from the heart of the Cold War Era. Articles referring to space exploration and military operations, war, government food reserves, and the effects of nuclear fallout on food. Additional article titles include: "Chemicals: One Key to the Future", "Quarantine - First Line of Defense", "The Federal-State War on Pests", "The Food and Drug Administration", "Packaging and Protection", "Supermarket Safeguards", "Plant Diseases and Nematodes", "The Fight Against Insects", "Safeguarding Our Milk", "Science Against Weeds", and more. 386 pages.
1967 office "Outdoors USA"
1968 office "Science For Better Living" - Topics include: Tailoring Vegetable Crops to Order; Bad Plants and Good Bugs; Redesigning the Tomato for Mechanized Production; A Living Filter for Sewage; An All-Purpose Potato; Safe Milk in the Atomic Age; Penicillin: Breakthrough to the Era of Antibiotics. 386 pages.
1969 office "Food For Us All" -This yearbook tells agriculture's story in terms of good - how it's produced by the farmer, how it's marketed, and how the consumer can use it to best advantage in the home. 360 pages.
1970 office "Contours of Change" - About Rural America and the forces - some obvious, some subtle - that are constantly reshaping it. The book looks not only at the technological revolution in agriculture, the changing face of Rural America, and the growing importance of America's role in world agriculture; it peers also into the 1970's and, to some extent, into the long-term future. 366 pages.
1971 office "A Good Life for More People" - This yearbook is part of the U. S. Department of Agriculture's response to the new era of change in America, and to President Nixon's new policy of growth for the Nation. 391 pages.
1972 office "Landscape for Living"
1973 office "A Handbook For Home" - Stated as being a guide to help families use their incomes to best advantage. Sections include articles on Families, Dwellings, Furnishings. And Communities.
1974 office "Shopper's Guide" - Lays down guidelines to help shoppers compare brands and make decisions. Divided into six sections -- Food, Materials, Equipment, gardening, service, and recreation. 358 pages.
1975 office "That We May Eat"
1976 office "The Face of Rural America" - This book captures, photographically American rural life as it was in 1976, our Bicentennial year. 284 pages.
1977 office "Gardening For Food and Fun"
1978 office "Living on a Few Acres" - A homesteader's handbook on how to live self sufficiently on a few acres, including gardening, building, raising small animals, bees, herbs and money-making enterprises from the land. ("Book Club Edition", softcover, reprint)
1979 office "What's to Eat? And Other Questions Kids Ask About Food"
1980 office "Cutting Energy Costs" - Topics covered include, among many others, how to grow crops with less energy, greenhouse production with lower fuel costs, an energy-saving list for dairy production, landscaping to reduce year-round energy bills, rural transportation, turning farm wastes into usable energy, and capturing and storing energy from the sun.
1981 office "Will There Be Enough Food?" - Poses the question as to whether farmers and the rest of this marvelous mechanism can keep doing their job for U.S. food production besides feeling our need for good food, lines the pockets of countless Americans by providing more paychecks than any other industry.
1982 office "Food - From Farm to Table" - Published when the "agricultural system" generated 20 percent of the Nation's gross national product and employed 23% of the U.S. work force. As the title implies, topics of the articles include information about farm economics, agricultural marketing, and consumer oriented articles.
1983 office "Using Our Natural Resources" - Describes U. S. natural resources ". . . in terms of land, water, forests and woodlands, wildlife, plants, farmlands, people, and urban and suburban greenbelts."
1984 office "Animal Health - Livestock & Pets" - Published on the centennial of the Bureau of Animal Industry (created by an act of Congree in 1884). This yearbook "provides helpful information on animal health to both pet owners and those who have livestock in their charge."
1985 office "U.S. Agriculture in a Global Economy"
1986 12 "Research for Tomorrow"
1987 office "Our American Land" - On the 200th anniversary of the Constitution of the United States, this volume centers on the central force behind growth and expansion - land ownership. Article topics include:  The Land and the Constitution; Changing Patterns of Settlement; Understanding the Land; Managing Land Use; Conserving Land; Coping With Nature; New Directions. 323 pages.
1988 office "Marketing U.S. Agriculture"
1989 office "Farm Management: How to Achieve Your Farm Business Goals"
1990 office "Americans in Agriculture: Portraits of Diversity" - Basically a large collection of (over 60) of one to three page "feel good"" articles. Although there is interesting information and statistics intermixed within the stories, they read more like PSAs or press releases. Very different format from the research reports contained in old yearbooks. 183 pages.
1991 office "Agriculture and the Environment"
1992 office "New Crops, New Uses, New Markets:  Industrial and Commercial Products from U.S. Agriculture" - Subject Areas Include: Markets; Researching and Implementing New Products and Technologies; Prodects from Nontraditional Crops; New Products from Traditional Crops; Focus on Renewable Fuels; Innovative Products for Food Industries; Environmental Issues. 302 pages. This is the last edition after Congress cuts funding.
USDA Agricultural Fact Books
Congress ended funding for the agriculture yearbooks in 1992. The USDA produced the "Agricultural Fact Book" starting for the year 1996 but discontinued it in 2002. The Agricultural Fact Book is a handy reference tool that offers information about U.S. Agriculture and describes all USDA programs. It also provides useful information about food safety, nutrition, rural issues, research, education, and natural resources.
1993   No report this year
1994   No report this year
1995   No report this year
1996   View Online Here in HTML
1997   View Online Here in HTML
1998   View Online Here in PDF
1999   View Online Here in PDF
2000   View Online Here in PDF
2001 - 2002   View Online Here in PDF
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