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Agricultural Economics / AgriBusiness
The Economics of Food and Agricultural Markets by Andrew Barkley
This book is intended for students who study agricultural economics, microeconomics, rural development and/or environmental policy.The goal of the book is to encourage students to learn to "think like an economist" through application of benefits and costs to every decision, idea, and strategic decision. This objective is accomplished by including extended examples that cover a broad range of topics including the analysis of consumer decisions, supply and demand, and market efficiency; the design of pricing strategies; advertising and marketing decisions; and public policy analysis.
Socioeconomics of Agriculture by Stefan Mann
Publication Date: 2018
This open access book applies for the first time emerging concepts of socioeconomics to analyse an economic sector, namely agriculture. It considers the rational choices of all actors in the system (just as agricultural economists do) and their cultural preferences and constraints (just as rural sociologists do). Socioeconomic concepts are subsequently used to structure agricultural issues with regard to the three governance mechanisms (hierarchy, markets, and cooperation), and different agricultural systems are presented and compared. The book will be of interest to social scientists with various backgrounds, and seeks to break down the barriers of single-disciplinary thinking.
WikiVet is a worldwide collaborative project to develop a comprehensive online peer reviewed veterinary knowledge database. The aim is to cover the entire undergraduate curriculum. WikiVet contains a selection of learning resources like flashcards, videos, quizzes and other types of computer based learning resources.Most but not all of the content in WikiVet requires registration. Registration is free, and ensures editing and use by people related to the veterinary profession only.
Veterinary Medicine - Open Educational Resources
Includes resources about swine, animal anatomy, animal rights, and more
Animals and Ethics 101 by Nathan Nobis
Publication Date: 2016
Animals and Ethics 101 helps readers identify and evaluate the arguments for and against various uses of animals, such:- Is it morally wrong to experiment on animals? Why or why not?- Is it morally permissible to eat meat? Why or why not?- Are we morally obligated to provide pets with veterinary care (and, if so, how much?)? Why or why not?And other challenging issues and questions.Developed as a companion volume to an online "Animals & Ethics" course, it is ideal for classroom use, discussion groups or self study. The book presupposes no conclusions on these controversial moral questions about the treatment of animals, and argues for none either. Its goal is to help the reader better engage the issues and arguments on all sides with greater clarity, understanding and argumentative rigor. Includes a bonus chapter, "Abortion and Animal Rights: Does Either Topic Lead to the Other?"
A Guide to the Principles of Animal Nutrition by Gita Cherian
In this introductory text, six fundamental nutrients, their structure, digestion, and metabolism are covered. A brief introduction to bioenergetics, feed additives, nutrient analysis, digestive organs and processes in monogastric and ruminant animals, and methods for assessing nutrient utilization are also included. Each chapter is illustrated with a new terms box, key points, and review questions. This study guide is an essential learning tool for undergraduate students majoring in animal sciences, veterinary medicine, or other related disciplines.
Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Division on Earth and Life Studies
Publication Date: 2016
Since 1944, editions of this reference have guided nutritionists and other professionals in academia and the cattle and feed industries in developing and implementing nutritional and feeding programs for beef cattle. In addition to a thorough and current evaluation of the literature on the energy and nutrient requirements of beef in all stages of life, this volume includes new information about phosphorus and sulfur contents; a review of nutritional and feeding strategies to minimize nutrient losses in manure and reduce greenhouse gas production; a discussion of the effect of feeding on the nutritional quality and food safety of beef; new information about nutrient metabolism and utilization; new information on feed additives that alter rumen metabolism and postabsorptive metabolism; and future areas of needed research. The tables of feed ingredient composition are significantly updated.
Agricultural Economics: Current Issues by Surendra N. Kulshreshtha, ed.
A review of topics related to the economics of agriculture in various parts of the world in seven chapters. The book is divided into four parts. The first part is simply an introduction to the field of agricultural economics. It charts the development of the field from its origin of farm management economics to the current state of a variety of subjects in various parts of the world. In the second section, an issue related to marketing is discussed. This is followed in the third section by an issue related to water resource economics. In the last section the remaining three chapters are devoted to agricultural environment-related topics. All chapters present guidance for policymaking.
- Free to use, but traditional copyright applies.
Plant & Soil Science
Soils Laboratory Manual by Colby Moorberg; David Crouse
The Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition is designed for students in undergraduate, introductory soil science courses, and highlights the many aspects of soil science, including: soil genesis and classification, soil physical properties, soil-water interaction, soil biology, soil chemistry, and soil fertility. The lab manual includes 15 different laboratories, each one starting with an introduction and pre-lab assignment, followed by in-lab activities, and complimented by post-lab assignment. In-lab activities involve field trips, experiments, observation stations, or problem sets. Post-lab assignments include online quizzes, problem sets, or laboratory summary reports.
Soil & Water Conservation: An Annotated Bibliography by Colby Moorberg, ed.
"The goal for the book was to create a cost-free textbook option for the AGRON 635 course that also teaches students to seek out credible and freely available information sources on soil and water conservation. Moorberg was already aware of the wealth of credible resources available in the form of extension bulletins, government reports and other information sources. This textbook is the culmination of his idea to leverage these resources and add context through annotations."
Introduction to Permaculture by Andrew Millison
Subject: Sustainable Agriculture. From publisher: "This open text book is derived from the content of the Massive Open Online Course “Intro to Permaculture”. The original course also included interactive mapping and design tools that accompanied this content. The course and book provide a general overview of the Permaculture design system. The book can be downloaded as a print version. However, there are many accompanying videos and content pages that are linked to throughout the text, so it is best viewed online where the links can be accessed."