The U.S. Department of Agriculture was established in 1862 as a commission and later became a cabinet-level agency. It administers programs related to agriculture, nutrition, rural development, forestry, rural utilities, and research. This guide lists the major divisions, offices, and programs within USDA, but it does not include all of the agencies and offices that have been part of USDA throughout its history.
Government Documents provides access to an extensive collection of USDA publications, including the following series:
Circulars (A 1.4/2:)
Farmers bulletins (A 1.9:)
Yearbook of Agriculture (A 1.10:) Prior to 1936, agricultural statistics were published in the Yearbook.
Technical bulletins (A 1.36:)
Miscellaneous publications (A 1.38:)
Agricultural statistics (A 1.47:) Began publication in 1936.
Agriculture handbooks (A 1.76:)
We also have Congressional reports, documents, committee hearings, and prints related to agriculture and USDA. Search for these using ProQuest Congressional. Additional documents covering 1910-1932 are available in the Executive Branch Documents microfiche set. Please contact a government documents librarian if you have questions about our holdings.