New Agriculture Fact Book is now available

New Agriculture Fact Book is now available Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman has announced that the 2001-2002 Agriculture Fact Book is now available.

"Agriculture is an integral part of our nation's economic and social fabric," Veneman said. "This new publication provides useful information on a variety of topics including homeland security, conservation, biotechnology, organic foods and energy sources."

The Agriculture Fact Book 2001-2002 includes general information and statistical data about American food consumption, the agricultural sector and rural America. The book also describes USDA's wide-ranging programs and services, such as farm programs, exports, rural development, food safety, nutrition, management of land, water, and forests, protecting U.S. borders from pests and diseases, and scientific agricultural research.

As part of USDA's effort to provide information through the Internet, the Agriculture Fact Book 2001-2002 can be accessed through the Web at The site includes links and other media that provide further information about agriculture and related issues.

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