Agriculture and government programs for rural areas

This page provides links to assist in reporting on agriculture. Please click here to access older blog items that may be of interest to those reporting on agriculture.

Please let the Institute know about links that do not work, or about sources we should add. If a resource here helped you in covering a story, please let us know by emailing al.cross@uky.edu.

American Agricultural Editors' Association, http://www.ageditors.com/

Agricultural History Society, http://www.aghistorysociety.org/

American Farm Bureau Federation, http://www.fb.org

American Horse Council, http://www.horsecouncil.org

Cattlemen's Beef Board (checkoff for promotion, research, education), http://www.beefboard.org

Community Alliance with Family Farmers, http://www.caff.org

Farm subsidy database: The Environmental Working Group has a farm-subsidy database at http://www.ewg.org/farm/index.php.

FedStats: Agriculture Statistics, http://www.fedstats.gov/key_stats/index.php?markup=XHTML&pageType=program&id=agriculture
FedStats provides official statistical information on Federal agencies reporting expenditures of at least $500,000 per year in one or more statistical activities.

National FFA Organization, http://www.ffa.org

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, http://www.ifas.ufl.edu

Iowa Corn, http://www.iowacorn.org/

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture State & National Partners, http://www.csrees.usda.gov/qlinks/partners/state_partners.html

Land Stewardship Project, http://www.landstewardshipproject.org 612-722-6377 George Boody gboody@landstewardshipproject.org

National Agroforestry Center, http://www.unl.edu/nac

National Center for Food and Agriculture Policy, http://www.ncfap.org/
202-328-5183, Joe Dunn, CEO, 1616

North American Agricultural Journalists, http://www.naaj.net/
Kathleen Phillips, executive secretary/treasurer, 979-845-2872 ka-phillips@tamu.edu 6434 Hurta Lane, Bryan, Texas 77808

Nutrient Database, USDA http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/

Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, http://sustainableagriculture.net/

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, http://www.iatp.org/

USDA Rural Development, http://www.rurdev.usda.gov This group of agencies in the U.S. Department of Agriculture help finance water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency-service facilities and, through the Rural Utulities Service, electric and telephone service. It makes loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools, offers technical assistance and information to help start and improve cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their member services. It also provide technical assistance for community empowerment programs.

University of California Small Farm Program, http://www.sfc.ucdavis.edu

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture news site, http://www.ca.uky.edu/news

Women, Food and Agriculture Network, http://www.wfan.org 515-460-2477, PO Box 611, AMes, IA 50010, info@wfan.org

World Agricultural Forum, http://www.worldagforum.com/
314-567-9600, 11696 Lilburn Park Road, Suite B, Saint Louis, Missouri 63146, jbrooks@worldagforum.org

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