Some common primary sources you might encounter:
Need to get a start on your research, or just looking for advice on how to search physical and digital archives? Check out the following research guides!
The Rice County Historical Society has a physical research library as well as digital collections. Carleton alos hosts some of their resrouces as a part of the Northfield History Collaborative.
Government sources like the agricultural census can be used to track changes at county-level over time. This is a great way to get a sense of shifting agricultural trends over time, such as crops planted or livestock raised, or even the amount of land used for agriculture in a given county.
We also have print copies of the agricultural census on the first floor of the Libe.
The USDA publishes annual yearbooks and outlooks for the agriculture industry.
Previous yearbooks can provide useful information about the state of farming during a given year, as well as provide information on nation-wide trends.
The Agricultural Outlook/AMber Waves offers economic data to predict trends in agriculture. A good source for historical data.
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