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Farms, Farmland, and Food System Links

Agencies and organizations

US Dept. of Agriculture, the USDA
(wealth of information for programs, data, information sources: national, state, local)

USDA Farm Service Agency
(links to state then county offices; aerial photos, commodity operations, conservation programs, direct and counter-cyclical program/ACRE, disaster assistance, energy, environmental/cultural compliance, farm loans, financial management, price support, online services, Ohio FSA link)

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
(links to states and local/county service centers; links to major program areas: Programs & Services Technical Resources Land Use Soils Water Air Plants & Animals Energy Climate Change People; data rich programs: Snow and Water Data National Resources Inventory Web Soil Survey  Ohio NRCS link)

USDA Rural Development
(links to state RD offices; programs: business, community development, cooperatives, energy, housing, utilities (water/waste water, broadband), loans, grants, technical assistance; link to Ohio RD)

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Development (USDA-supported)
(grants, education, professional development, tools; links to states; link to Ohio program at OSU)

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (USDA-supported)
(resources about sustainable food systems and practices  to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide; many ag conservation programs/links)

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service  (USDA-supported)
(wealth of information on sustainable agriculture; links to hundreds of agencies and organizations)

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
(Global Food Supply Monitoring program/data)

USDA Extension Program site
(links to state and county Extension offices; eXtension; 4-H)

Ohio State University Extension
(links to county programs; program areas: 4-H Youth Development Ag and Natural Resources Community Development Family and Consumer Sciences; resources: Ag Safety Bee Lab CommTech Leadership CenteOhio Servsafe Ohioline OSU Cares Pesticide Safety Education Program Plant/Pest Diagnostic

OSU Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
(committed to safe, healthy, and affordable food and agricultural products; sustainable food and agricultural systems; strong rural and urban communities; stewardship of natural resources and the environment; keeping Ohio positioned favorably in a global economy; Wooster and satellite centers)

OSU Ag and Resource Law program

USDA Research, Education, Economics mission area
(links to: Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) Agricultural Research Service Economic Research Service National Agricultural Library National Agricultural Statistics Service National Arboretum National Institute of Food and Agriculture)

USDA Forest Service
(links to national forests/facilities; key State and Private Forestry programs: fire management, sustainable development, forest health protection, cooperative forestry, conservation education, urban and community forestry) 

National AgroForestry Center  USDA-supported
(combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems; benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock; practices include: Alley Cropping Forest Farming Riparian Forest Buffers Silvopasture Windbreaks)

US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Dept. of the Interior
(links to programs associated with farms and agriculture)

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
(links to state ag agencies; represents them nationally/Farm Bill; pesticide safety; model food emergency plans; inspection programs; links ag departments to USDA ag statistics service)

Ohio Dept. of Agriculture
(links to numerous ag, weights/measures, pest programs, Office of Farmland Preservation)

National Association of State Conservation Agencies
((links to state soil and water conservation and similar state agencies; support for conservation districts; implement numerous regulatory and incentive-based state water quality, agricultural, urban, and other conservation programs)

Ohio DNR Div. of Soil and Water Resources
(implements regulatory and incentive ag conservation programs; supports SWCDs; supports watershed projects and nutrient management;  environmental education/Envirothon; link to Ohio ag pollution abatement program:

Ohio Clean Lakes Initiative
(July 2012 initiative of Ohio agencies/partners to mitigate ag nutrient impacts on lakes/streams)

National Association of Conservation Districts
(supports >3000 conservation districts nationwide; advocate for USDA, US EPA, and other federal  conservation programs; links to states/directories and conservations districts w/websites)

Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
(links to Ohio’s 88 SWCDs; support for SWCDs; training/outreach; education/Envirothon)

National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils
(links to 375 RC&D Councils USDA/locally-supported for better economy, environment, society)

American Society of Agronomy
(dedicated to the conservation and wise use of natural resources to produce food, feed, and fiber crops while maintaining and improving the environment; implements Certified Crop Advisor program)

American Farmland Trust
(leading organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and supporting a sustainable future for farms; focused on ensuring availability of land that provides fresh food, a healthy environment and lasting rural landscapes; info and action centers; Ohio link for AFT)

Conservation Technology Information Center
(initially focused on conservation tillage, has info on conservation technologies in A-Z list; cover crops; projects; field tours; Partners magazine; operates from Purdue University)

Agriculture and Applied Economics Association
(serves members in  ag/broad range of applied economics; addresses economics of agriculture, international and rural development, resources/environment, food/consumer issues, agribusiness)

Environmental Working Group ag programs
(ID’s threats to health and environment:  biofuels, conservation, food, subsidies, water)

Farm-A-Syst and Home-A-Syst
(pollution prevention for farms, ranches, homes through confidential environmental (often self) assessments; tools, manuals cataloged/coordinated through Univ. of Wisconsin Extension)

Land Improvement Contractors of America
(trade association of contractors who install conservation, drainage, and other practices)

 Ohio Chapter Land Improvement Contractors of America
(member/contractor directory; projects)

National Watershed Coalition
(advocates dealing with natural resource problems and issues using watersheds as the planning and implementation unit; supports maintenance/rehab of thousands of smaller structures nationwide)

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
(alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities; policy; tools)

The Land Stewardship Project (MN)
(fosters ethic of stewardship for farmland, promotes sustainable ag, develops sustainable communities; new farmer training; local organizing; federal policy; community based food systems)

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
(general ag/industry organization with conservation/environmental interests/programs; county chapters)

Ohio Farmers Union
(advocates on rights/needs of family farmers, rural residents, consumers; policy/legislation; fosters cooperative business practices/opportunities for farm families and rural communities)

Ohio Environmental Council ag conservation program

Agriculture in the Classroom
(national program implemented at state level, links; seeks to improve agricultural literacy — awareness, knowledge, and appreciation — among preK-12 teachers/students)

Ohio Apples Marketing Program

Ohio AgriBusiness Association

Ohio Association of Meat Processors

Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development, OSU

Ohio Beef Council

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association

Ohio Christmas Tree Association

Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association

Ohio Dairy Producers Association

Ohio Forestry Association

Ohio Livestock Coalition

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association

Ohio Pork Producers Council

Ohio Poultry Association

Ohio Produce and Marketers Association

Ohio Quarter Horse Association

Ohio Sheep Improvement Association

Ohio Soybean Council and Ohio Soybean Association

Ohio Veterinary Medical Association

Ohio Wine Producers Association

Select Sires

Agricultural Retailers Association

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Forage and Grassland Council

American Genetic Association

American Phytopathological Association

American Seed Trade Association

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

American Society of Animal Science

American Society of Plant Biologists

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

Entomological Society of America

Food Industry Environmental Network

Genetics Society of America

Golf Course Superintendent Association of America

Institute of Food Technologists

International Center for Soil Fertility and Ag Development

International Fertilizer Industry Association

Leopold Center for Sustainable Development

National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants

National Corn Growers Association

National Farmers Organization

Society of American Foresters

Society of Wetland Scientists

Soil and Water Conservation Society

The Fertilizer Institute

United Soybean Board

Weed Science Society of America

Food systems

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
(news, tours, policy, outreach; certifies organic growers and handlers/processors; Good Earth Guide for local and organic food, searchable by product, farm/business name, county, your own terms)

Rural Action Sustainable Agriculture,  SE Ohio
(supports producers/entrepreneurs looking for help to earn money and >region’s food security/ nutrition; help established/new farmers markets; Ohio Foodshed: one-stop online source for information about local food in Appalachian Ohio)

Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks
(assists Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks in providing food/other resources to people in need; advocates, coordinates)

Community Food Security Coalition 
(tools, case studies/success stories, info/publications, extensive links list)

Sustainable Table
(celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food; home to the Eat Well Guide, an online directory of sustainable products in the U.S. and Canada)

USDA Community Supported Agriculture
(created by National Agricultural Library)

ODA Ohio Proud searchable database of farm markets and info

Dole 5-a-Day for Teachers
(fruits and vegetables resources)

Ohio Grocers Association
(resources/training; government relations; OGA Foundation: Green Scene: composting/diversion, energy conservation, plastic bag recycling)

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
(focuses on concept that public health, diet, food production, environment are deeply interrelated and that understanding these relationships is crucial in pursuing a livable future; research; blog, projects) 

American Society for Nutrition
(brings together the world's researchers, clinical nutritionists, industry to advance knowledge/ application of nutrition for humans and animals)

(local agencies and organizations may be added later; in meantime try links above to link to them)


Other web links

Nutrient Stewardship
(partnership led by The Fertilizer Institute to promote 4R Nutrient Stewardship: right source, rate, time, place; training; tools; materials; outreach)