Finally, a dictionary that treats agriculture holistically and includes over 3000 terms related to business, marketing, safety, tariffs and trade, labor, equipment, and buildings as well as the plant and animal terms. Six appendixes present a list of terms by topic area, weights and measures, acronyms, a summary of agricultural legislation, key North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provisions, and other facts. One can learn a great deal about the business of agriculture by browsing this work. The main weaknesses are the many short definitions that do not adequately explain the term and the annoying See references on nearly every page, referring readers elsewhere. For example, a lot of page-flipping could have been avoided if terms such as the following were defined where they appeared: "export deficit," see "balance of trade"; "pick," see "filling"; "release price," see "farmer-owned reserve program"; "peanut harvester," see "harvester"; "robusta," see "coffee tree"; and "shallot," see "onion." Despite its drawbacks, this would be a handy reference for agribusiness collections. If, however, you need extensive coverage of mainly the plant and animal terms, Ray Herren's The Agriculture Dictionary (Delmar, 1990) is a better buy.-Irwin Weintraub, Rutgers Univ. Libs, Piscataway, N.J.
A practical guide to thousands of terms associated with agriculture. While detailed, the definitions aim to be clear to those unfamiliar with farming, food and agricultural policy, trade, conservation and other topics. An appendix classifies all the terms under 81 topic areas. Numerous appendices include a list of commonly used acronyms; synopses of major US agricultural and trade legislation, 1933-1994; and individual commodity weights and measures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The "Dictionary of Agriculture" serves well as a practical, easy-to-use guide to the terminology of the agriculture industry. The audience is "everyone from undergraduates to seasoned policymakers." The body of the work consists of more than 3,000 succinct definitions of terms. Appendixes include useful lists of commonly used acronyms, major agriculture and trade legislation since 1933, key provisions of NAFTA and the U.S.--Canada Free Trade Agreement affecting agriculture, and tables of weights and measures. Some of this material can be found elsewhere, but the compilation here is convenient and helpful. No illustrations are included. Author Lipton has worked extensively in the field of agriculture. As an agricultural economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she has published more than 60 articles and monographs
The emphasis of the dictionary is upon agricultural policy and economics rather than on the scientific terminology found in Ray Herren's "Agricultural Dictionary" (Delmar, 1991), which is still in print. The volumes are complementary and taken together provide excellent coverage of agricultural terminology. "Classes of milk", "nonrecourse loans", "normal crop acreage", and "snap-back provision" are typical of the terms defined
The "Dictionary of Agriculture" is recommended for libraries serving an agricultural community or academic programs in agriculture, agricultural economics, general economics, or public policy.