Resources for Beginning Farmers

Research/News

• ATTRA (National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service), www.attra.ncat.org
• AURI (Agricultural Utilization Research Institute), www.auri.org

Sustainable Ag Organzations

• Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, www.sfa-mn.org
• MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service), www.mosesorganic.org
• Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society, www.npsas.org
• Center for Rural Affairs, www.cfra.org
• Women in Blue Jeans, www.womeninbluejeans.org
• MISA (Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture), www.misa.umn.edu

Production

• Penn State Ag Alternatives, http://agalternatives.aers.psu.edu
• Missouri Alternatives Center, http://agebb.missouri.edu/mac/index.htm
• U of M Extension, www.extension.umn.edu/topics.html?topic=4
• Practical Farmers of Iowa, www.pfi.iastate.edu/PFIhomenew.htm
• Sustainable Farming Connection, www.ibiblio.org/farming-connection

Marketing

• OFARM (Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing), www.ofarm.org
• Pride of the Prairie, www.prideoftheprairie.org
• Southeast MN Food Network, www.localfoodnetwork.org/index.html
• Local Harvest, www.localharvest.org
• FoodRoutes, http://foodroutes.org
• Small Grains, www.smallgrains.org

Organics

• National Organic Program, www.ams.usda.gov/nop/indexIE.htm
• Organic Ag Info, www.organicaginfo.org

Management

• Center for Holistic Management, www.holisticmanagement.org

Finance

• The Farm Service Agency www.fsa.usda.gov offers several programs like the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loan Program

Legal

• Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG), founded in 1986, is a 24-year-old nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and their communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land. FLAG provides legal education, outreach, training and legal assistance to beginning and immigrant farmers in Minnesota to improve their equitable participation in USDA assistance farm programs and enhance their ability to establish, build and manage successful farm enterprises. www.flaginc.org