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Sarah C. Williams
Life Sciences Data Services Librarian
(217) 333-8916 Agricultural Community

May 3, 2013

During the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack announced the launch of the U.S. Government's new Food, Agriculture and Rural virtual community on  The community includes "hundreds of government datasets that can help enable research, tools and decision making to improve food security; apps that demonstrate the power of open data for agriculture; tools for app developers; and events and opportunities to collaborate to learn more about Food, Agriculture and Rural data and issues."

The datasets are available through a variety of methods, such as links out to external resources and downloadable csv, xls, and xml files.  The datasets include: