The Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture
posted March 18, 2011 9:05 AM by James Fox
The main purpose of the Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture was to summarize USDAs research developments. However, the Yearbook, which was published (with a couple of exceptions) annually from 1894 to 1992, has a broad appeal outside of the scientific community. In fact, Congress passed a law to provide for its publication as part of an effort to make agricultural information more readily available to farmers and other interested citizens.
-via the National Agricultural Library Digital Repository (NALDR)
The format of the yearbooks was to take a certain subject each year (e.g. 1940: Farmers, 1966: Protecting our food, 1967: Outdoors USA, 1982: Food from farm to table, 1990: Americans in agriculture...) and include essays, photos and papers on various facets. The NALDR has digitized almost the whole run (from 1938-1992). Have to admit they are a little dry... not quite as fun as the USDA Handbooks.
The covers though! They are fantastic. The Massachusetts State Library blog ran a feature on them the other week, and the Preservation Librarian there (Lacy Crews Stoneburner, Simmons alumna) has scanned the covers they have to the State Library flickr page. Def' worth a look. The example above reproduced w/ Lacy's ok.