The USDA Farmers Bulletin, an Untapped Resource

Cover of USDA Farm Bulletin # 1

How many folks know that the USDA was not always a vehicle for farm subsidies and welfare administration and to some extent even still does useful things for the American farmer?  Given the current political environment i would guess that the number is low.  However, throughout its history (the Department was created in 1862 by Abe Lincoln), one of the main things it has done is try to assist American farmers in increasing their agricultural output.  One of the ways it has done this is through the issuance of USDA Farm Bulletins on all kinds of topics related to farms and farming starting in 1889.  It was especially active in doing this during the first half of the 20th century, especially during the Depression years.

Because these bulletins are government products they are in the public domain and archive.org and some other groups have led the way in digitizing these bulletins and making them available for free download, they even have a searchable index page with links to digital copies – https://archive.org/details/usda-farmersbulletin. The USDA National Agricultural Library also maintains an index by title, author, number, or subject on their page at – https://pubs.nal.usda.gov/sites/pubs.nal.usda.gov/files/fb.htm#sortnbr.

These are invaluable resources for the prepper who expects societal collapse as many detail long forgotten pre-farm mechanization/industrial farming cultivation methods.  Methods that many modern farmers are no longer proficient with because they are no longer used.  I urge all preppers to at least browse the index, you might be surprised what you find in there.

A Couple of Great Reference Sites for Military Publications

Not everyone knows it but everything produced by the US government is in the public domain unless it has been classified or otherwise specifically restricted from public distribution.  This includes everything from USGS maps, to government produced photos and videos, to all manner of printed material.

Many of those publications are useful to the prepping community, especially those from the Engineer series having to do with with obstacles and fortification.  Since these manuals are by and large public domain, except for the newest versions in general, I have added a few links below to PDF versions of these manuals.  These links will also go up on the references page of the site.

As I announced a few weeks ago I am taking some of these manuals and editing them to make them available as print editions.  Often these manuals are already available in print but at a significant cost.  My goal is not to make money with these although i would be lying if I said I did not make any, the goal is to make them available at affordable prices.  I am going to try to keep all of them priced at under $10 although some of the larger ones will have to go for more than that simply because of the printing costs involved.

The first couple of these are already out and an example is the Operator’s and Direct Support Maintenance Manual for the M1911A1.  I have combined both the operator’s and the direct support maintenance manuals into one volume and priced it at $7.49 while just the operator’s manual is available for $10.40.

Of course the most current updates are available online from the Dennis J Reimer Training and Doctrine Digital Library but that is only available to current military and DoD civilians and most of the pubs there are restricted from distribution.

Here are the doctrinal pubs links:

The GlobalSecurity.org Army Field Manual page: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/fm/

The Federation of American Scientists Army Intelligence and Security Doctrine page: http://fas.org/irp/doddir/army/#fm