Agricultural Resources

The following sites provide excellent information and resources for those interested in learning more about agriculture and food systems.

American Farmland Trust – working to stop the loss of productive farmland and promote healthier farming practices in the U.S.

ATTRA – works to help people reduce the environmental impact of farming by providing information and research services about sustainable agriculture and farm energy.

Farm Bill Primer - provides up-to-date information on the status of the 2012 Farm Bill. Includes four interactive Congressional Agriculture Committee maps and a ‘Who Cares’ page.

Know Your Farmer Know Your Food - The KYF Compass is a digital guide to USDA resources related to local and regional food systems. The Compass consists of an interactive U.S. map showing local and regional food projects and an accompanying narrative documenting the results of this work through case studies, photos and video content.

Good Laws, Good Food - a comprehensive toolkit published by Harvard’s Food Law and Policy Clinic that provides resources on how to be more effective in influencing state food policy work.

The Glynwood Center – helps communities integrate their natural resources, cultural heritage, and economic development, and additionally provides resources on community and agriculture

NY Farm Bureau – a non-governmental, volunteer organization financed and controlled by families for the purpose of solving economic and public policy issues challenging the agriculture industry

Regional Food Hub Resource Guide – presents a series of key questions about the current state of food hub development and examples from operating food hubs.  It also outlines the role that food hubs can play in regional food systems; their innovative business models; and their economic contributions to local communities.  It describes dozens of funding opportunities and other resources, best practices, and additional strategies for anyone interested in developing regional food hubs.

SARE – grants and education to advance innovations in sustainable agriculture

Small Farms Program – work to foster the sustainability of diverse, thriving small farms that contribute to food security, healthy rural communities, and the environment.

USDA – provides leadership and resources on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management

USDA Beginning Farmers Programs – The Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides direct and guaranteed loans to beginning farmers and ranchers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial credit sources.

USDA – Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food – a guide to local and regional food.

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