This collection contains items published by the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), previously known as the Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service), a multi-university program in the Northeast United States, and its successor, Plant and Life Sciences (PALS) Publishing. NRAES was sponsored by fourteen universities, (including at least eight Land Grants): University of Connecticut, University of Delaware, University of the District of Columbia, University of Maine, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts, University of New Hampshire, Rutgers University, Cornell University, The Pennsylvania State University, University of Rhode Island, University of Vermont, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and West Virginia University. PALS was formed to manage the NRAES catalog after it disbanded in 2011.

Ceasing operations in 2018, PALS was a program of the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University. Like NRAES, PALS assisted university faculty in publishing, marketing and distributing books for small farmers, gardeners, land owners, workshops, college courses, and consumers.

An archive of the PALS website and catalog can be found on the Internet Archive . Print copies of some titles are available for purchase from the Cornell Store. Note that due to outstanding copyright issues or clearly identified out-of-date practices, only the front matter (e.g. cover, table of contents, acknowledgements, etc.) are provided for some titles at this time. A link to the WorldCat catalog record is provided for those titles to facilitate locating print copies at a local library.

Please note that some practices suggested here may be out-of-date, with these materials serving more as a historical record than current best (or safest) practice. Consult with a current expert resource for the best suggestions.

COPYRIGHT: Cornell University’s rights in all NRAES/PALS publications have reverted to the author(s) of the respective works, subject to any outstanding licenses previously granted. Cornell University maintains a non-exclusive, worldwide license to distribute the work in any form or language for the term of any copyright on the work. Questions regarding the reuse of any NRAES/PALS publication should be directed to the author(s) of those publications. Cornell University does not claim to be the sole copyright holder, and the onus is on the user to confirm the rights status of any work before reuse.

Recent Submissions

  • The woods in your backyard: learning to create and enhance natural areas around your home (PALS 2 - FRONT MATTER ONLY) 

    Kays, Jonathan; Drohan, Joy; Downing, Adam; Finley, Jim; Kling, Andrew A.; Highfield, Craig; Dawson, Nevin; Tallamy, Doug (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), 2015)
    Turn mowed areas into low-maintenance forested areas! This book is written for owners of 1–10 acres that are forested, un-mowed, or mowed areas that you would like to turn into forest. The book includes twenty activities ...
  • Penn State Housing Plans for Milking and Special-Needs Cows (NRAES 200 - FRONT MATTER ONLY) 

    Graves, Robert E. (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), 2006-07)
    The idea plans assembled in this book were developed to provide educational information on various aspects of freestall housing, special-needs housing, and building- component details. They are intended to be used in ...
  • Penn State Housing Plans for Calves and Heifers (NRAES 201 - FRONT MATTER ONLY) 

    Graves, Robert E. (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), 2007)
    This publication includes 74 idea plans that were developed based on research and field experience with the aim of increasing the comfort, productivity, and longevity of dairy cattle. While drawn for a specific number of ...
  • Forage Production for Pasture-Based Livestock Production (NRAES 172) 

    Abaye, A.Ozzie; Basden, Thomas J.; Byers, Robert A.; Clark, E. Ann; Cropper, James B.; Curran, William S.; Green, James T.; Hall, Marvin H.; Karsten, Heather; Khan, Badruddin Ali; Murphy, William M.; Owens, Lloyd B.; Pennypacker, Barbara W.; Peterson, Paul R.; Rayburn, Edward B.; Schnabel, Ronald R.; Sharpley, Andrew N.; Stout, William L.; Tracy, Benjamin F.; Vough, Lester R. (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), 2006)
    Essential information on forage production discussing: plant morphology, ecology, and management; soil fertility; nutrient management; impacts of grazing; pests, weeds, and diseases; and establishing forage stands.
  • Dairy Calves and Heifers: Integrating Biology and Management (NRAES 175 - FRONT MATTER ONLY) 

    Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES) (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), 2005)
    Proceedings from “Dairy Calves and Heifers: Integrating Biology and Management” A Conference for Dairy Producers and Their Advisors Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool Syracuse, New York January 25–27, 2005. DUE TO OUSTANDING ...
  • The Pond Guidebook (NRAES 178 - FRONT MATTER ONLY) 

    Ochterski, Jim; Swistock, Bryan; Kraft, Clifford; Schneider, Rebecca (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), 2007)
    Includes insights and management tips for pond owners and those considering constructing a pond. Based on research and experience, the book addresses water chemistry, construction, safety, weed management, fish selection, ...
  • Animal Production Systems for Pasture-Based Livestock Production (NRAES 171) 

    Bamka, William J.; Muller, Lawrence D.; Chase, Larry E.; Polan, Carl E.; Comerford, John W.; Prigge, Edward C.; Emmick, Darrell L.; Provenza, Frederick D.; Greiner, Scott P.; Rayburn, Edward B.; Hall, John B.; Shockey, William L.; Harpster, Harold W.; Shulaw, William P.; Kluchinski, Daniel; Singer, Jeremy W.; Luginbuhl, Jean-Marie; Turner, Kenneth E.; McKinnon, Bill R.; Wahlberg, Mark L.; Washburn, Steven P. (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), 2008-12)
    The book explores foraging behavior, basic animal nutrition, and parasite control for pasture-based animals with chapters devoted to beef, dairy, sheep, goat, and horse nutrition and management.
  • Forest Resource Management: A Landowner’s Guide to Getting Started (NRAES 170) 

    Sullivan, Kristi L.; Smallidge, Peter J.; Finley, James C.; Jacobson, Michael G. (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), 2006)
    Forest landowners hold the key to providing healthy forests for generations to come. Landowners can realize their full potential as stewards of their forests by using this book. Forest stewardship means setting and achieving ...
  • Tree Fruit Field Guide to Insect, Mite, and Disease Pests and Natural Enemies of Eastern North America (NRAES 169) 

    Agnello, Art; Chouinard, G.; Firlej, A.; Turechek, W.; Vanoosthuyse, F.; Vincent, C. (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), 2006)
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but to a tree fruit grower, a picture can save thousands of dollars. This guide helps tree fruit growers identify pestilent insects, mites, and diseases, and to recognize ...
  • Organic Vegetable Production (NRAES 165 - FRONT MATTER ONLY) 

    Seaman, Abbey Jean (Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), 2004)
    Proceedings of a January 2003 workshop intended for growers interested in or practicing organic farming. Twenty papers discuss basic information on organic vegetable production as well as grower experiences. Soil and ...

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