For people writing about any aspect of agriculture it can be difficult to find images to accompany the words. As is often pointed out, an image is worth a thousand worth. Therefore, it is obvious that images should be an integral part of any story, web site, or blog. Writers frequently write about topics they would not be able to photograph on their own and they often do not have extensive funds to purchase copyrighted images. This is where the importance of free images becomes apparent. Free images that depict farm life, fruits, vegetables, animals, and other components of the industry of agriculture can be especially difficult to locate. Fortunately, the United States government has a number of these photographs that are free for use by all.
The United States Department of Agriculture Research Service website has a listing of free images that can be used for private or commercial use. These agriculture images are available for use because all U.S. Government works are part of the public domain. Fortunately for web designers, bloggers, or anyone looking for free images, this includes all images produced by employees of the government for any reason.
The website for the Agriculture Research Service has images listed according into nine categories including animals, crops, education, field research, fruits & vegetables, illustrations, insects, lab research, and plants. The gallery is also searchable by keyword. With a little over two thousand images this is not an immense collection, but the images provided are of an excellent quality.
These free images of various agriculture items and pursuits can be downloaded in three sizes. The thumbnail size is 1.5″, the medium size is 3.5″ and the large size is 8.89″. The image in this article was downloaded from the site after browsing the fruits and vegetables section.
For people who would like, or who need, a larger selection of free images related to the field of agriculture the website of the United States Department of AgricultureOffice of Communications is the next place to visit. Here contact information to receive access to more than twenty thousand images is available. While it is possible to have someone search the images for you, they are still working on their online searchable database.
While the images that can be found from the sites discussed previously are fantastic, some people may want a wider selection. Other websites such as OpenPhoto.net and Flickr are fantastic resources. Reviews of these web sites can be found here and here, respectively.