Center for Agricultural Partnerships draws on a wide range of ideas, approaches,
disciplines, and literature to create and conduct its programs. Many of
these resources are outside the typical scope of work for people in agriculture.
Listed below are publications and links from management, marketing, organizational
theory, and policy that are thought-provoking and have provided valuable
insights for our work in agriculture and the environment.
Publications on Food Security
Food Security in the United States, A Briefing Room Report from the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture, 2011.
Food Security, Nutrition and
by Geoffrey Lawrence, Kristen Lyons and Tabatha Wallington, 2011.
Climate Change and Food Security: Adapting Agriculture to a Warmer World (Advances in Global Change Research)
by David B. Lobell and Marshall Burke (Dec 18, 2009).
Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
by Seth Grodin, 2009.
by Everett M. Rogers. The Free Press, 1995.
In our opinion the book on innovation and the most comprehensive book
on the subject.
Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown, 2000.
A very coherent view of why some ideas spread and what can be done
to help them.
by Stephen R. Covey. Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1994
For people who are always too busy to get anything done.
Change Agent's Guide (2nd edition)
by Ronald G. Havelock. Educational Technology Publications, 1995.
A manual to stimulate thought for people who run projects.
and Telephone Surveys: The Total Design Method
by Don A. Dillman. John Wiley, 1978.
The authoritative work on surveys.
Structure of Scientific Revolutions
by Thomas A. Kuhn. University of Chicago, 1970.
Still the most insightful book on the nature of public ideas and science.
E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do
by Michael E. Gerber. Harper 1995.
A plan for going beyond the limitations of being highly competent.
Change Monster: The Forces That Fuel or Foil Corporate Transformation
by Jeanie Daniel Duck. Crown Business,2001.
Why a new organizational chart, work plan or Request for Proposals
doesn't change very much.
More Teams: Mastering the Dynamics of Creative Collaboration
by Michael Schrage. Doubleday, 1989.
"At a job interview, a friend was asked if he was a team player.
Yes," he replied, "team captain." p. xi.
Composting Manure Projects at Risk (2011)
Updating existing law to accommodate creative solutions in agricultural community has proven to be a necessity in helping rural areas meet the deadline for implementing plans to limit nutrient pollution in nearby waterways.
by David Dorsey. Fast Company, December 2000. www.fastcompany.com/online/41/sternin.html
A great article on creating change.
"The traditional model for social and organizational change doesn't
work ," says Sternin, 62. "It never has. You can't bring permanent
solutions in from outside." Maybe the problem is with the whole model
for how change can actually happen. Maybe the problem is that you can't
import change from the outside in. Instead, you have to find small, successful
but "deviant" practices that are already working in the organization
and amplify them. Maybe, just maybe, the answer is already alive in the
organization -- and change comes when you find it."
and Agricultural Policy:
Taking Stock in the New Century. USDA 2001.
A clear and informative, if somewhat under-appreciated, report on farm