Subject Area: Agricultural Studies

Agrarian Modernisation in Honduras
2002 0-7734-7283-5


Agricultural Innovation in Colonial Africa Kenya and the Great Depression
1991 0-88946-262-3
Aims to uncover the role played by African agriculture during the Great Depression of the 1930's with particular emphasis on innovation and change. Examines the factors that prompted the colonial administration to take action to alter the nature of African farming in Kenya.

Agriculture in the Usa Today : Teaching Resources for K-6
1992 0-7734-9910-5
Provides general background information about agriculture for the classroom teacher; examines available free and inexpensive material and evaluates the appropriateness of these for classroom utilization; examines commercial materials to make recommendations for purchase; develops meaningful tasks and activities based upon materials examined; identifies and lists the vocabulary needed to teach children about agriculture; provides librarians with sources, titles, and prices of materials needed to accomplish the tasks and activities suggested; suggests ways teachers can integrate agriculture awareness within existing curricula topics. For classroom teachers K-6.

Agriculture, Prosperity and the Modernization of French Rural Communities 1870-1914
2004 0-7734-6484-0
Unlike most historical works pertaining to this period, this work conveys an understanding of the daily routine of farming. It relies on the observations of the novelist and social activist Émile Guillaumin (1873-1956) as well as statistics and reports emanating from government sources. It offers an alternative account of the process and measures of change in rural communities, using the approach that Marc Bloch (1886-1944), the great historian of medieval rural societies, used in his work. It includes case studies of several small communities in the Allier which portray the status of agricultural production and consumption, using government statistic such as comprehensive government data collection efforts and annual surveys published by the Ministry of Commerce.

Amazing Story of the 101 Ranch. The Largest Ranch in America
2014 0-7734-4255-3
A fascinating story of the 101 Ranch, from its early formation until it’s termination in 1939. This study documents the dream to reality perseverance of ranch founder George Washington Miller and how he turned a worthless property into a small, self-sufficient city and in the process contributed to major innovations in farming and ranching that helped build the American farm industry today.

Coffee Oversupply and the Need for Managed-Trade Regimes
2003 0-7734-6793-9
This study examines the history of the international coffee trade by looking at how it has been impacted by worldwide supply, conflicts between consumers and producers, international regimes that employ quotas, and the linkage between international security regimes led by hegemonic regional and international powers.

Common Grazing in the Northern English Uplands, 1800-1965: A History of National Policy and Local Practice with Special Attention to the Case of Cumbria
2008 0-7734-4954-X
An examination of how traditional commons management systems were maintained, altered, or abandoned in the modern period. This book contains five black and white photographs.

Defining American Indian Literature: One Nation Divisible
1999 0-7734-8039-0
The study of contemporary American Indian writers is complicated by problems in definitions which critics, scholars, teachers and editors so far have not addressed adequately. The subject of this study is not the traditional mythology, folklore, and song of particular tribes, but the literary uses of this material, particularly in the latter half of this century and particularly by Indian writers. The questions are basic: 1) What is an Indian writer? 2) What are the legitimate literary uses of Indians and their culture? 3) Can an American Indian literary tradition be defined? And 4) What is the relation of writing by Indians to American literature as a whole? Beside several non-Indian writers (Edwin Corle, Frank Hamilton Cushing, Charles L. McNichols, Jerome Rothenberg) the book deals with several representative Indian writers (Lance Henson, Maurice Kenny, Thomas King, Adrian C. Louis, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, James Welch) and also cites Paula Gunn Allen, Jim Barnes, Peter Blue Cloud, Diane Glancy, Joy Harjo, Geary Hobson, Linda Hogan, Duane Niatum, Simon Ortiz, Carter Revard, and Wendy Rose.

Differing Developments of Organic Agriculture in Canada and Sweden
2007 0-7734-5437-3
Examines the move towards organic agriculture as an example of social change which can best be understood as the result of three factors: nature, social structure and human agency. The study extends beyond pre-ecological understandings of social change and attempts to incorporate peoples’ relationships with the natural environment as a factor influencing shifts in the patterns of daily life. The focus of the discussion is on understanding the forces which have produced the concern for agricultural sustainability in Canada and Sweden.

Environmental Accounting for Changes in Farm Land Use: A Canadian Case Study
2005 0-7734-6139-6
This study examines the changing area of agricultural land through regional environmental accounting in the Ottawa South Central Region of Eastern Ontario Canada from 1981 to 1996. In the field of environmental accounting, increasing attention has been paid to the national approach, with less research at the regional level. A national approach may show a country to have a large quantity of natural resources, including agricultural land areas, at a given period of time, yet not explore the nature and extent of change in the same resources in small areas at the regional level. This study proposes a regional model based upon census data analysis to illustrate the process and level of change in agricultural land area, and the model is then applied at Six Census SubDivisions in the Ottawa region. The study found that over the 15-year period there were significant changes in the area of agricultural land, in the form of a decline in the entire study area as a result of socio-economic factors, and that this in turn enhances regional expertise for researchers, planners and resource managers in the design of strategies and monitoring tools for gauging the temporal-spatial evolution of natural resources, including areas of farmland.

Farm Security Administration Photography. The Rural South, and the Dynamics of Image-Making 1935-1943
2004 0-7734-6510-3
This study explores the FSA photographic project’s engagement with the South from 1935-1943. In particular it describes Roy Stryker’s Historical Section as an arm of the liberal state and as an adjunct of the mass communications industry. It charts the project’s coverage of southern tenant farmers, African Americans, small towns and mechanized farms, from the schedules devised in Washington headquarters, through the photographers’ work in the field, to the use of FSA images by the national media. The images are explained in terms of an interaction between the administrative dynamics of New Deal politics and the practices and preconceptions of the photographers. Underlying, and often reinforcing, this tension was a dissonance expressed by many southern subjects toward the agency’s ideals or the photographers themselves. The book contains 40 images drawn from the RA/FSA/OWI files, many of which have not been featured in previous studies.

Farming, Cooking, and Eating Practices in the Central China Highland: How hezha Foods Function to Establish Ethnic Identity
2011 0-7734-1373-1
Applying anthropological perspectives, this study investigates the pattern of local people's identity-expression in their ordinary lives in Enshi Prefecture, a "multi-ethnic" (duo minzu) area in central China, and find no ethnic boundary based on local agroecosystem construction, selection of basic foods, cooking strategy, flavouring pattern, meal pattern, meal structure, food rules, and local knowledge of food plants.

Field Research in North American Agricultural Communities
2003 0-7734-6808-0
This book is based on field research in agricultural communities in Chiapas, Quebec, and Iowa. It is both an academic and a warmhearted study of the social and human factors embedded within the three agricultural communities making up the North American Free Trade Agreement. It will inform scholars and general readers interested in ecology, environment, international relations, agriculture and technology, rural sociology, and technology and social transition. It will also inform those who are interested in the food they eat, who ask questions about how that food was processed, taking the reader into the banana grove, cornfield, and dairy barn as well as into the banana packing plant, grain processing factory and cheese factory.

History of Agriculture in Liberia, 1882-1970 Transference of American Values
1990 0-88946-518-5
While historians have argued that Americo-Liberians neglected agriculture and remained addicted to trade, this study shows that Americo-Liberians seriously attempted to correct this imbalance and, in the course of doing so, introduced a formal agriculture and transferred some social and economic values from the New World.

History of Agriculture in West Africa a Guide to Information Sources
1990 0-88946-519-3
A bibliography on West Africa which covers the years up to 1988. Areas covered include: agricultural finance; capital; credit; agricultural labor and rural manpower; environmental economics; human resources development; agricultural products; demand, supply, and prices; land tenure; marketing; public policy and programs; technological change; and socio-economic research.

History of the Macadamia Nut Industry in Hawai'i 1881-1981. From Bush Nut to Gourmet's Delight
1995 0-7734-9097-3
This study utilizes source materials in an unusual way. Traditional archival materials (documents, letters, journals and business records) do not reveal the entire story concerning the macadamia nut industry. Although these and publications by the Hawai'i Agricultural Experiment Station and the College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources at the University of Hawai'i are used extensively, this study also relies on newspaper reports and oral interviews to bring all the dimensions regarding the commercial development of the industry to the reader's attention.

Impact of the New Deal on Iowa. Changing the Culture of a Rural State
2008 0-7734-4949-3
Examines the influence of a broad range of New Deal programs on Iowa from the perspective of programmatic alteration of culture. This book contains twenty-eight black and white photographs and twelve color photographs.

Jewish Farmer in America the Unknown Chronicle
1993 0-7734-9229-1
Ornstein's work explains what it was like for a Jewish family to own and work a family farm surrounded by gentiles and isolated from the Jewish community. It is essentially the author's memoir told in a conversational style, and it captures in amazing detail the sights and sounds of rural surroundings, the intricacies of farming in Geauga County Ohio, the voices of neighbors and visitors, and perceptive insights into the meaning of the family's experience and the rural way of life.

New Approach to Rural Development in Europe - Germany, Greece, Scotland and Sweden
2004 0-7734-6515-4
Work is based on reports from a research project funded by the European Union for the purpose of investigating differential economic performance among rural areas in similar geographic and policy environments in Scotland, Greece, Germany, and Sweden. The report identifies and measures the impact of development on rural areas in relationship to economic growth or decline.

Prairie Small Town Survival the Challenge of Agro-Manitoba
1990 0-88946-211-9
A study of 58 small towns in Southern Manitoba with conclusions deemed germane for all North American regions whose economies depend on agriculture. Central to this study is the analysis of the underlying characteristics of the varying fortunes of non-metropolitan cultures found in Agro-Manitoba for the 1971-1981 intercensal period. As background for understanding the present state of affairs, the authors first trace the Prairie region of Canada from the opening of the grasslands to commercial wheat farming and the development of rural-based communities from 1870 to 1913, to the consolidation of small towns from 1913 to 1930, to the decline of small-town development during the urbanization that took place from 1913 to the 1970s, to the present revival of small towns, and, finally, to their uncertain futures.

Rural Canada
2001 0-7734-7431-5
Provides a social-scientific overview of rural social structure and change in Canada, presenting a synthesis of the findings and generalizations of a multiplicity of studies that have been conducted over the past fifty years but have not been collected and treated in a single volume.

Rural Moral Reform in Nineteenth-Century England
2007 0-7734-5277-X
This book examines a campaign of moral reform conducted by Church of England clergymen against hiring fairs and farm service in the East Riding region of Yorkshire during the mid-Victorian years. In analyzing the nature and impact of the campaign, and placing it within its economic and religious context, this study makes a significant contribution to the history of nineteenth-century rural society. This book contains 3 black and white photographs.

Through the Thorns of “military Communism”: Agriculture in the Urals in 1917-1921
1999 0-7734-3219-1
This work represents an original and innovative attempt to re-think the phenomenon of “military communism” through the peasant households of the local region. A sophisticated examination of the economic reality of local “military communism” permitted the author not only to reveal the sources of this phenomenon, but also to show the nonstandard development of its modern conceptualizing.

Urban Agriculture in South Africa: A Study of the Eastern Cape Province
2012 0-7734-3039-3
This volume includes quantitative and qualitative analysis of urban farming in relation to agricultural production and public policy in South Africa. Thornton shows the complexity of the issue as it relates to rampant unemployment and how it can quell certain social problems like a lack of food. Urban farming should, theoretically, be prolific in developing countries experiencing problems associated with modernization which creates food security issues. It also provides employment opportunities for urban poor, but this is met with stigmatizing among modern-thinking youth who want to avoid traditional occupations.

The author provides an overview of the most urban country in Africa, South Africa, and how for a long time politics impeded urban agriculture. It is widely understood that urban agriculture is an important livelihood strategy among the poor for food security and income generation in developing countries. In South Africa, it is emerging as a strategy for poverty alleviation. Despite high unemployment, urban agriculture appears less robust among South Africa’s urban poor households when compared to other developing countries.

The reason for this is the role of a social welfare grant system which provides the key source of household income for most people. The book explores the nature and geographical extent of urban agriculture in one of South Africa’s poorest provinces, the Eastern Cape.

Woman's Life on a Southern Tobacco Farm the Story of Sallie Mae Taylor, 1893-1977
1995 0-7734-9337-9
This biography, written by the subject's daughter, brings vividly to life the details of existence on a southern tobacco farm. Courtship, birth, death, tragedy. planting, the rigors of survival during the Great Depression, are all told in an authentic southern voice.