The 1998 edition of the United States Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Fact Book (described in the March 13, 1998 Scout Report
) has been recently released. This valued and trusted reference tool binds together a variety of facts, figures, charts, and tables on US agriculture, nutrition, consumers, and trade; rural America; and the USDA itself. Users can consult the fact book to discover information such as what Americans eat and how much they pay for it, what crops are being raised where and how much, the composition and condition of rural America, the structural organization of the USDA, and much more. The Fact Book is also available for download in .pdf format.