In the past year I’ve been on a binge of reading agriculture-related books. I’ve asked for recommendations from farmers with 1 year of experience, 10 years of experience, 30 years of experience, folks in graduate degree programs, and others. Sometimes I’m buried in textbook-like readings, and other times it’s short stories that keep me turning the page. I can’t always be reading educational non-fiction — it’s nice to have some balance — and this selection has that balance.
As someone who, before last year, had intro-level experience in agriculture (read: volunteered on farms in high school, but never studied it formally or considered learning with the intent to work full-time in agriculture) these books have been helpful to give meaningful background on the importance of agriculture, as well as tangible details in day-to-day operations, and everything in between.
These are in order from high level/broad overview (1) to highly tactical/day-to-day specifics (5).