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What kind of information is in "The Farmer's Almanac"?

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"The Old Farmer's Almanac" features sunrise and planting charts, recipes, tables and weather forecasts. The almanac was first published in 1792, and it provides predictions and records of astronomical events, the tides and the weather all based on observational data and a complex series of natural cycles. It claims to achieve an 80 percent accuracy rate.

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"The Old Farmer's Almanac"'s weather forecasts include forecasts for each month as well as regional summaries. The astronomical events include the moon phases, full moon dates and eclipse dates as well as meteor shower dates. The almanac also features zodiac profiles, equinox and solstice dates, and fishing and gardening calendars and time tables. Additionally, each publication features recipes, advice articles and puzzles.

Over the years, the almanac made changes to the information it presented, such as replacing scientific agriculture articles with nature features, adding a heavier emphasis on farming information and even dropping the weather forecasts for a brief period in the 1930s.

The first editor, Robert B. Thomas, released the 1793 almanac and sold over 3,000 copies. The number of copies sold tripled in the almanac's second year. Thomas' final edition was the 1846 almanac, and since then the publication has continued under the direction of editors such as Richard Scaife, John H. Jenks and Robert Ware. The first female editor of the almanac, Janice Stillman, began her editorship in 2000.

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