This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
The Federal Department of Agriculture supplies, through its Division of Publications in Washington, D. C, lists of its various free or inexpensively priced publications, of which there are thousands.
After checking the publications wanted, the Scout may ask his senator or congressman to request the sending of the items wanted, or the Scout may write directly to the Division of Publications of the Department of Agriculture for the publications. For the Farmer's Bulletins which are to be purchased, unless sent by senator or representative, the Scout should send the list, and remit the few cents for each, direct to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C. Cash or money-order must accompany all such orders. Stamps are not acceptable, as they do not use them.
These booklets may be filed on shelves or in vertical cardboard boxes and there grouped by subjects.
In addition to the U. S. Department of Agriculture literature, similar opportunities exist for both the free and the very inexpensive technical publications through:
State Department (or Commissioner) of Agriculture.
State Colleges of Agriculture. Agricultural Divisions of Railroads.
Educational Departments of Fertilizer Companies. Cement manufacturers.
Lists of these commercial sources can be built from the advertisers in various farm papers and from the advertising pamphlets usually available at the farm implement, feed and supply stores nearby. The procedure is quite like that followed with the U. S. Department of Agriculture. First write for a list of publications and prices, if any, and then send for those desired sending a covering remittance in cases where the books must be purchased.
Local booksellers can be asked to secure lists of available agricultural books from the various publishers.
A visit to the library of a county seat or of an agricultural or other high school, or of an agricultural college, will enable one to "get acquainted" with and make a list of desired books.
Also there are second-hand book dealers, listed in the telephone directories of large cities, from whom valuable but used technical books may be secured very cheaply.