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Agricultural Statistics   Tags: agribusiness, agriculture, statistics  

Guide to finding statistics in agricultural, consumer, and environmental sciences
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Finding Aids

What if I don't even know where to start?? 
These guides to pricing and statistics information and sources should help.

Statistics Sources - Wasserman, Paul
Call Number: 016.31 St2
Latest edition in Main Library Reference. Earlier editions in Education Library. Comprehensive subject index for finding statistical information from a variety of sources and subjects.

Finding statistics online : how to locate the elusive numbers you need - Berinstein, Paula
Call Number: 025.0631 B454f
ISBN: 0910965250
Aces Reference Statistics & Main Reference. Strategies and resources for culling statistical data from online sources. Published in 1998, but sources cited are from stable and/or government agencies.

Commodity prices - Friedman, Catherine
Call Number: 338.5 W28C1991
ISBN: 0810304996
Aces Reference Statistics. Comprehensive index to sources of wholesale and retail prices for over 10,000 commodities. Includes information on price frequency, effective markets, units of measure, and time periods covered. A good starting point for beginners in commodities research.

Handbook of agricultural statistical data - Garkey, Janet and Wen S. Chern
Call Number: 630.973021 G183H
Publication Date: 1986
"A comprehensive source of information on many varied agricultural data series." Includes publications on crops, livestock, production, prices, consumption, income and nutrition. Discusses methodology, variables, data period and contact for each series. Somewhat dated but still useful.



Chicago Board of Trade, 1970.  National Agricultural Library.

Sources in Agricultural Statistics at the University of Illinois Library and beyond

It seems we've found a way to measure everything - and we do.  But finding the particular statistics you're looking for can be just as daunting as working with the data itself!

These pages should help.  By far, the largest most comprehensive and most reliable producer of statistics come from government agencies.  For agriculture, the USDA is the best place to start - you'll find a breakdown of their major publications in the following tabs.  We also link you to relevant non-government sources.

Data can be available either online or in print (or both).  Most recent data is likely online, though some publications still offer print.  Historical data will almost always be in print, with a few exceptions.  We've separated the tabs by National, International, and Historical, but browse through all three - data sources can overlap.

The lists here are extensive, but by no means comprehensive.  Try a catalog search for the specific data you need.  If you're in need of further assistance, come visit us at the Funk ACES Library Reference Desk - we'd be happy to help.

Census Data

These are the two major publications for agricultural census data: the FAO for global (data in the publications is arranged by participating country), and the USDA for national.  The two publications listed here are the most current.

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