One of the best ways for farming professionals to stay informed of industry news is to subscribe to agriculture publications. There are many publications, trade journals and newsletters available that cover current trends in farming and agriculture; but rather than inundate yourself by subscribing to them all, you may want to pick and choose the ones that best meet your business's needs.
There is a huge selection of industry publications to choose from. Where some are very limited and cover specific topics, others give an overview of the whole industry and offer a variety of resources. The trick is to get the most information out of the fewest resources, thus saving you money and keeping you well informed without consuming all your valuable time. When choosing a farm book, magazine or journal, remember the following:
1. Some farm magazines offer free trial subscriptions so you can better determine whether the publication is for you.
2. When subscribing to publications, find out what period your payment covers. Make sure you receive any back issues within the time period you're paying for. Some publications may just begin subscription with the current issue.
3. Order your farming magazine directly from the publication’s website, or you may miss out on subscription perks.
Subscribe to a farmer magazine and take advantage of the perksMany publishers offer discounted pricing with subscriptions, in addition to other perks. Check to see if they offer free trial subscriptions or copies. You may even be able to cancel your subscription without payment or penalty if you are not absolutely satisfied.
Take advantage of an online farm magazine or journalE-mags and web publications have evolved for the better, and there are many benefits to taking advantage of them. Not only are they readily available, the medium also allows publishers to compliment articles with multimedia resources. You may be requested to sign up as a member, but that can be an added bonus. You may get access to free sample copies, or access to journal archives.
Join a professional association for free access to agriculture and farm publicationsIf you own a business, you may consider becoming a member of an association for farming professionals. As a member, you'll receive access to free publications, as well as other informational resources. If you sign up as a business, you can extend these services to your employees as well.
- Check with your local library for publications, as many subscribe to online databases that may include agriculture books, journals and articles.