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Agricultural Census 1987 by Zip Code: Agriculture Specialty Publications and 1987 Public Use Files on CD-ROM
1. What is it?
A statistical CD-ROM containing information about farms throughout the United States, arranged by ZIP Code. (The ZIP code file is one of several on the disc.) There is information from 1978, 1982, and 1987. For example, you can look up how many farms there are, how much wheat they grow, and whether the amount increased or decreased in the last decade.
(See also 1987 Agriculture Census, State and County Data, a separate CD-ROM).
2. Who produces it?
U.S. Commerce Department, Census Bureau.
3. Are there guides to using it?
There is a technical documentation manual, C 3. 277: Ag 8/2/987/spec. doc.
4. Is it updated?
There is a new Census of Agriculture every five years; it is done in years ending in "2" and "7". The library has several CD's from the 1992 agricultural census. Newer censuses are online: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/index.asp
5. Can the CD-ROM be checked out?
Yes; it is shelved in the Government Documents Collection under the above call number, as are those from the 1992 census.
6. Sudoc number (disc's call number in Calvin T. Ryan Library):
C 3. 277: Ag 8/987/CD and C 3. 277: Ag 8/987/spec./doc. (technical documentation)
7. Is there a paper equivalent in Calvin T. Ryan Library?
Press appropriate number at menu.
When asked what type of agricultural data you want, press C.
Press Enter. Use the arrows to select a state.
Type in a Zip Code or place name (make sure to use capitals in a place name).
Use B to browse among similar zip codes.
Not available on screen.
Press P twice.
Put a portable storage device in drive.
To have the information in the format you see on the screen:
Press F (Enter).
When asked for a name for the file, replace C:\ with (drive letter):\smith, where smith is the name you want to call the file.
To copy the information in dBASE or other data file format:
Select the format you prefer.
When asked for a name for the file, replace C:\ with (drive letter):\smith where smith is the name you want to call the file.
Press Esc several times. Menu will appear.
Courtesy of Robert Lopresti, Wilson Library, Western Wash. Univ., Bellingham, WA; 3/94
Diana J. Keith
Government Documents Librarian
Government Documents Department
Calvin T. Ryan Library
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849-2240
Revised June, 2009