Recommended ​​Books

The Complete Book of Pesticide Management

Complete Book of Pesticide ManagementAn exhaustive, definitive guide to the past, present, and future of pesticide management.

Pesticides provide myriad benefits but present a variety of risks. With definitive policies and requirements for pesticidereview before a product enters the marketplace, with clear and precise labeling, and with good consumer education, however, pesticides can play an important role in maintaining the quality of life we enjoy. The Complete Book of Pesticide Management describes the step-by-step process by which industry and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reach a consensus on the relative risk that pesticides pose to people, wildlife, and water.

While most books only skim the risk assessment process or are too technical for practical application, The Complete Book of Pesticide Management is at once technically sound and easy to understand. Fred Whitford’s authoritative text links scientific information developed from pesticide testing programs with the safety and precautionary language commonly found on product labels. It describes how to communicate pesticide benefits and risks to the public and provides information on how to select pesticides and protect the professionals handling these chemicals. Risk assessment and risk communication are emphasized throughout. Contents include:

  • The Evolution of Pesticide Regulations: The Shift from Benefits to Risks
  • Epidemiology: Validating Human Risk Assessments
  • Pesticide Labels: The Convergence of Science, Public Policy, and User Responsibility
  • Environmental Site Assessments: Managing the Facility Against Contamination
  • Planning for Emergencies: Preventing and Reacting to Emergencies in the Workplace
  • Educating the Community and the Workforce About Hazardous Chemicals
Engineers, scientists, toxicologists, industrial hygienists, and extension and commercial application industry professionals, as well as students of these fields, will find The Complete Book of Pesticide Management to be an indispensable resource.

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If you have any questions, please contact Fred Whitford at email ( or call 765-494-1284.​

The Grand Old Man of Purdue University and Indiana Agriculture

Grand Old Man of PU and Indiana AgGreat people lead great universities. Purdue University is fortunate to count its thirteenth faculty member, William Carroll Latta, as one of those people. Certainly, thirteen proved to be a lucky number for Purdue and agriculture in Indiana.
This book recounts William Latta’s far-reaching influence on agriculture at the university, throughout Indiana, and on a national level. Recognized as the Father of the School of Agriculture and of Extension at Purdue, Latta was an early and tireless promoter of the university and what it could do for the people of the state. From developing the four-year agriculture program, to conducting practical agricultural research prior to the creation of Purdue’s Agricultural Experiment Station, to leading Purdue’s agricultural outreach efforts to bring the university to the people, Latta’s contributions are still evident in Purdue’s modern-day agricultural programs.
Latta’s story traces the history of agriculture at Purdue, showing agriculturists, historians, and the Purdue community where we’ve been and the foundation upon which we continue to build today’s teaching, research, and Extension programs.

Proceeds from the sale of this book suppor the W.C. Latta Scholarship fund at Purdue University.

Book Information
   6 × 9
   404 pages
   ISBN 1-55753-395-4

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If you have any questions, please contact Fred Whitford at email ( or call 765-494-1284.​​

​The Queen of American Agriculture

Queen of American AgricultureVirginia Claypool Meredith's role in directly managing the affairs of a large and prosperous farm in east-central Indiana opened doors that were often closed to women in late nineteenth century America. Her status allowed her to campaign for the education of women, in general, and rural women, in particular. While striving to change soiciety's expectations for women, she also gave voice to the important role of woment in the home. A lifetime of dedication made Virginia Meredith "the most remarkable woman in Indiana" and the "Queen of American Agricultrue." Meredith was also an integral part of the history of Purdue University. She was the first woman appointed to serve on the university's board of trustees, had a residence hall named in her honor, and worked with her adopted daughter, Mary L. Matthews, in creating the School of Home Economics, the predecessor of today's College of Consumer and Family Sciences. Virginia Claypool Meredith was a woman well ahead of her times and left a legacy for wome of Indiana and the nation.

Book Information
   6 × 9
   432 pages
   ISBN 978-1-55753-518-4 (Hardback)
   ISBN 978-1-55753-512-2 (Leather)

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If you have any questions, please contact Fred Whitford at email ( or call 765-494-1284.​​

For the Good of the Farmer

The key role that farming plays in the economy of Indiana today owes much to the work of
John Harrison Skinner (1874–1942). Skinner was a pioneering educator and administrator who transformed the study of agriculture at Purdue University during the first decades of the twentieth century. From humble origins, occupying one building and 150 acres at the start of his career, the agriculture program grew to spread over ten buildings and 1,000 acres by the end of his tenure as its first dean. While he excelled as a manager and advocate for Indiana agriculture, Skinner never lost touch with his own farming roots, taking especial interest in animal husbandry. During the course of his career as dean (1907–1939), the number of livestock on Purdue farms increased fourfold, and Skinner showed his knowledge of breeding by winning many times at the International Livestock Exposition. Today, the scale of Purdue’s College of Agriculture has increased to offer almost fifty programs to hundreds of students from all over the globe. However, at its base, the agricultural program in place today remains largely as John Harrison Skinner built it, responsive to Indiana but with its focus always on scientific innovation in the larger world.​​

Listen to some interviews Dr. Whitford did with some students who were here during John Skinner's time.

Here's an article about Fred writing this book you can click ​on to read. 

Book Information
   6 × 9
   656 pages
   ISBN 978-1-55753-643-3 (Hardback)
   ISBN 978-1-61249-266-7 (E-book)

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If you have any questions, please contact Fred Whitford at email ( or call 765-494-1284.​​


A Photo History of Indiana’s Early County Extension Agents

 Frederick Whitford, Neal Harmeyer, and David M. Hovde

Foreword by United States Senator Richard G. Lugar (Ret.)

Official Endorsed Legacy Project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission; The Founders Series


Imagine Indiana’s farms at the turn of the last century. What comes from the land sustains us. Our farms and families depend on it. Having a good or bad year can mean the difference between prosperity and your family going hungry. Farmers knew how to provide. Throughout the 1800s, parents had passed their best knowledge on to their sons and daughters, who in turn taught their children tried-and-true methods for managing a farm—methods that provided consistency in a world of droughts, disease, and fluctuating markets. Before they abandoned a hundred years of proven practices or adopted new technology, they would have to be convinced that it was in their best interest.


Enter county extension agents. Indiana county extension agents took up their posts in 1912, at a crucial juncture in the advancement of agriculture. The systematic introduction of hybrid seed corn, tractors, lime, certified seed, cow-testing associations, farm bureaus, commercial fertilizers, balanced livestock diets, soybeans, and 4-H clubs were all yet to come. Many of the most significant agricultural innovations of the 1900s, which are commonplace today, were still being developed in the laboratories and experimental fields of land-grant colleges like Purdue University.


Compiled from original county agent records discovered in Purdue University’s Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Enriching Hoosier Farms and Families includes hundreds of rare, never-before-published photographs and anecdotal information about how county agents overcame their constituents’ reluctance to change. They visited farmers on their farms, day after day, year after year. They got to know them personally. They built trust in communities and little by little were able to share new information. Gradually, their practical applications of new methodologies for solving old problems and for managing and increasing productivity introduced farmers and their families to exciting new frontiers of agriculture.


Hardcover • 12 × 9 • 400 duotone pages

Hundreds of Illustrations

Hardback, 978-1-55753-743-0 • $35.95

May 2016


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If you have any questions, please contact Fred Whitford at email ( or call 765-494-1284.​