About Texas Farmer

 

Texas FARMER is an evolving digital library of publications relating to Texas agriculture dating from 1888 to the present. The digital library includes more than 2300 titles representing current publications from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research, and the Texas Water Resources Institute.  Some of these publications are also available from the Texas AgriLife Extension Bookstore (https://agrilifebookstore.org).  Additionally, retrospectively digitized Bulletins of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and Texas Agricultural Extension Service are being added to the digital library over the next several years.  Digitization support has come from a USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Agricultural Library Specific Cooperative Agreement, with Dr. Rob McGeachin the Principal Investigator; from the Texas A&M University Libraries; and collaboration with the Agricultural Communications Department of Texas AgriLife Extension.

 The range of titles available in Texas FARMER includes both research reports of the Agricultural Extension Service as well as popular consumer-oriented publications such as bulletins, leaflets, and circulars. The content of digitized legacy publications in Texas FARMER is not just of historical value. With growing interest in topics such as organic gardening, use of heirloom varieties and low fossil fuel inputs, the content of many pre-World Ware II bulletins is finding renewed relevance for today’s farmers and consumers. Many items published in the late 1950’s, the last prolonged drought in Texas, have information relevant to the current extreme drought.  Popular topics visited include cooking and baking recipes, insect pests and how to deal with them, and outdoor recreational opportunities in Texas.  

 All content in Texas FARMER, whether born digital or retrospectively digitized, is being made available and preserved for the long-term in the Texas A&M Digital Repository. Contents are searchable from the Texas FARMER search page, the Texas A&M Digital Repository, and aggregated collections such as WorldCat. Google and other Internet search engines index Texas FARMER collections.  Additionally, some collections from Texas FARMER are being contributed to the HathiTrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org/about), a collaborative effort of major research institutions and libraries “working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.”