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Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture

The NAL (National Agricultural Library) Catalog, AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) provides citations to agricultural literature. Coverage includes agriculture and allied fields, including, animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental sciences.

Users can find information on such topics as Animal Health; Biotechnology; Food & Nutrition; Forestry; Homeland Security; Rural and Community Development; and Travel & Recreation. Researchers can also access agency reports, USDA publications, research & statistics, and news releases.

Food and Nutrition Service

NAL is one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture field libraries

Dynamic Bibliographies  real-time searches in the NAL catalog (AGRICOLA) based on current librarian-built queries.

Agricultural Thesaurus and Glossary

Food Composition Classics 
PDFs of classic publications from the USDA.  Includes Dr Atwater's "Chemical Composition of American Foods" originally published in 1896.

Information about preparing food, storing food, food-borne illness, food recalls, allergens and other topics relating to food safety.

Regulations and guidelines on canning, storing, content levels, transporting and safety of food from the Food and Drug Adminsitration.

CFSAN is responsible for promoting and protecting the public's health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled.

The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

Information on topcis such as dietary supplements, soft drinks, seafood and trans fats from the Federal Drug Administration.

Provides information on a range of nutrition topics including dietary guidelines, supplements, food composition, food pyramids and consumer advice.

The NOP is a regulatory program housed within the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, responsible for developing national standards for organically-produced agricultural products.

Find nutrient information on over 8,000 foods using this new and improved search feature. You can now search by food item, group, or list to find the nutrient information for your food items. provides easy access to vetted food and nutrition information from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers.

The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names (common and scientific), plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, and links to external Web pages. Advanced search capabilities allow for searching and downloading by numerous criteria, including taxonomy, geographic distribution, ecology, physical description, and other characteristics.

The primary legal framework for agricultural policy is set through a legislative process that occurs approximately every 5 years. The current farm law (the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008) was written to remain in force through 2012. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) extended most of the provisions of the 2008 Farm Act without change through the end of the 2013 fiscal year, crop year, or calendar year.

House Committee on Agriculture

National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information.  Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

USDA supports the safe and appropriate use of science and technology, including biotechnology, to help meet agricultural challenges and consumer needs of the 21st century. USDA plays a key role in assuring that products produced using biotechnology are safe to be grown and used in the United States

USDA supports the safe and appropriate use of science and technology, including biotechnology, to help meet agricultural challenges and consumer needs of the 21st century. USDA plays a key role in assuring that products produced using biotechnology are safe to be grown and used in the United States. Once these products enter commerce, USDA supports bringing these and other products to the worldwide marketplace.

Visit the links below for more information:

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Agriculture Activities of the European Union

Food Safety in the European Union

Designed to help you learn about the many services and specialized programs the Department has to offer.  Agriculture makes up one-quarter of the State's land area and contributes immensely to the quality of life in New York State by generating economic activity and producing wholesome products to nourish our families. We work diligently to promote a viable agricultural industry, foster agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguard our food supply.

Food and Agriculture Resources for Kids & Teens

Leading source of facts and figures about American agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the United States.

A statistical survey of land use and natrual resource conditions and trends on US non-Federal lands.

The ERS mission is to inform and enhance public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development. With over 300 employees, The Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Includes datasets, publications and resources on topics such as:

  • Genetically Engineered Crops
  • Consumer Food Safety Behavior
  • Food Security
  • Climate Change

and many more.