Agriculture Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on agriculture

Agriculture Databases:

Agricultural & Environmental Science Database (includes AGRICOLA)

AgEcon Search Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics (University of Minnesota)

AGRIS International Information System for the Agricultural Sciences and Technology (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

Economic/Business Aspects:

ABI Inform

AgEcon Search Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics (University of Minnesota)

Business Source Premier (Ebsco)

Westlaw (replaces Lexis-Nexis)

PAIS International

See also the library's Research Guides to Business & Economics

Social/Political Aspects:

America: History & Life

Social Sciences Abstracts

Sociological Abstracts

Environmental Aspects:


Agricultural & Environmental Science Database (previously Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management)

Scientific & Publisher Databases:

Biological Abstracts

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection

Science Direct (Elsevier)

SpringerLink Journals

Wiley Interscience Journals

Multidisciplinary Databases:

Academic OneFile

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)

Google Scholar

Browse selected electronic journals

Agricultural Economics

Agricultural History

Agricultural Research

Agriculture and Human Values

Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

California Agriculture (University of California)

Crop Protection

Field Crops Research

Food Chemistry

Food Policy

Food Science and Technology

International Food and Agribusiness Management Review

International Journal of Food Science & Technology

Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

Journal of Agricultural Economics

Journal of Agricultural Education

Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science

Journal of Food Science

Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science

Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

Precision Agriculture

Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems

Trends in Food Science & Technology

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

Check here for a quick list of books on:



Farms and farming

Farmworkers in California


Genetically modified foods

Organic farming


Sustainable agriculture

United Farmworkers / Cesar Chavez

Books at other libraries

First try...CSU Union Catalog to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Then try...MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region

Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California

WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above.

Government publications

The library has a growing collection of publications from U.S. government agencies, including coverage of agricultural topics. Search for government publications:


U.S. agriculture

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association

Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA)

Agriculture in the Classroom

Agriculture Network Information Collaborative



Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (USDA)

American Farmland Trust

Core Historical Literature of Agriculture

Economic Research Service (USDA)

Farmland Information Center

Farm to College

National Agricultural Law Center

National Agricultural Library (USDA)

National Farm to School Network

National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America)

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA)

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

Online Resources Related to Organic Farming (U.C. Davis)

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

California agriculture

California 4-H Youth Development Program

California Agricultural Leadership Foundation

California Association of Winegrape Growers

California Certified Organic Farmers

California Department of Food & Agriculture

California Department of Pesticide Regulation

California Strawberry Commission

California Farm Bureau Federation

California FarmLink

California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets

California Food & Agricultural Code

California State University Agricultural Research Institute

Coastal Grower Magazine

Grower-Shipper Association of Central California

LandWatch Monterey County

Monterey County Agricultural Education

Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum

Monterey County Farm Bureau (includes crop reports)

Monterey County Office of the Agricultural Commissioner (includes ranch maps)

United Farm Workers

University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources

Agricultural statistics

California Agricultural Statistics (USDA)

Cost and Return Studies for California Crops (U.C. Davis)

Economics, Statistics and Market Information System (USDA)

FAOSTAT (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

Monterey County Crop Reports

National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA)

U.S. Agricultural Statistics (USDA)

U.S. and State Farm Income and Wealth Statistics (USDA)

U.S. Census of Agriculture (USDA)

U.S. Food Environment Atlas (USDA)

International agriculture

Agriculture and Rural Development (World Bank)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA)

International Fund for Agricultural Development (United Nations)

World Food Programme (United Nations)


Associations and organizations

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association

California Grape & Tree Fruit League

California Wines: Regional Wine Organizations

Grower-Shipper Association of Central California

North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association (includes agritourism)

United Agribusiness League (links to resources, associations & organizations)

Western Grower's Association (fresh produce)

Market and industry

Ag 101: Economic Overview

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center

Agricultural Marketing Service (includes agritourism resources)

Alternative Marketing and Business Practices (USDA)

Food Industry Resources (National Agricultural Library)

Market News (USDA Agricultural Marketing Service)


Alternative agriculture

Organic production USDA

Organic farming U.S. EPA

Organic Farming Research Foundation

Organic Trade Association

Alternative crops USDA

Ecological pest management USDA

Pest Management CA Dept. Pesticide Regulation

Alternative marketing and business practice USDA

CCOF California Certified Organic Farmers

Agrochemicals and pesticides

California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation

Pesticide topics U.S. EPA

Ecological pest management USDA

Pest management National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Agricultural Chemical Usage Reports USDA

Agriculture and water issues CA State Water Resources Control Board

Genetically modified crops

Plant Incorporated Protectants U.S. EPA

Biotechnology and genetic engineering USDA

Biotechnology and genomics National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Consultations on Bioengineered Foods FDA


Monterey County

Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association

Coastal Grower Magazine

Everyone's Harvest

Grower-Shipper Association of Central California

Monterey Bay Certified Farmers' Markets

Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

Monterey County Agricultural Education

Monterey County Farm Bureau (includes crop reports)

Monterey County Office of the Agricultural Commissioner (includes ranch maps)

Salinas Valley Agriculture (blog)

Santa Cruz County

Agricultural History Project Center and Museum

Santa Cruz County Agricultural Commissioner (includes crop reports)

Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau

UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems

Santa Cruz Community Farmers' Markets

San Benito County

San Benito County Crop Reports

San Benito County Farm Bureau

San Benito County General Plan Update: Agriculture

See also

Evaluating Websites & Internet Resources and How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's research guides on Business, Economics, Environmental Studies, Government Information, Health & Wellness, News & Current Events, Political Science & Law, Sociology & Social Issues, and Statistical Information

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