American Farm Bureau - An independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and
representing farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational
improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement.
American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) - Organization for professionals who
provide management, valuation, and consulting services on agricultural and rural assets. AFM, ARA, RPRA, and AAC are used
to indicate Accredited Members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. AFM, ARA, RPRA, and AAC designations are earned through years of experience, education, testing, and adherence to strict Society requirements
for standards, ethics, and continuing education. The American Society may only refer accredited members to potential clients since
they have completed all required education and testing as prerequisite to accreditation and have passed a comprehensive accrediting
examination that ensures Society confidence in their professional qualifications. Find a professional land expert here.
California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) - Offers programs for farmers,
consumers, educators, and researchers to increase awareness of and demand for certified organic products and to expand public support for
California Farm Water Coalition (CFWC) - The voice of agricultural water users. Members include individual farmers, agricultural water districts and agencies, agri-business representatives and other agricultural organizations. They represent regions as diverse as Imperial and Mendocino counties, the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys and the Central Coast.
Farm Aid - Stages America's longest running annual concert event that unites
farmers, artists, consumers, and concerned citizens to build a powerful movement for good food from family farms. Throughout the year, Farm Aid promotes food from family farms through inspiring and informative television, radio, mail, and web
campaigns. Farm Aid works with and provides grants to local, regional and national organizations to promote fair
farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns to defend and bolster family farm centered agriculture.
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) - Works to improve the welfare of food producing
animals. Seeks to broaden opportunities for humane farmers, and address the public health problems that come from the production of meat,
milk, and eggs.
Iowa Farm Business Association (IFBA) - Provides a business management service for the
individual farm business. The association is controlled and operated by its members, who hire an agricultural consultant to assist them
with financial management, record keeping, total farm and enterprise analysis, income tax management and other related farm management
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) - The first land trust in the United States
to focus on farmland preservation. Founded in 1980 by a coalition of ranchers and environmentalists to preserve farmland in Marin County,
California, MALT acquires agricultural conservation easements on farmland in voluntary transactions with landowners. MALT also encourages public policies that support and enhance agriculture. It is a model for agricultural land preservation efforts across the
nation. MALT has so far permanently protected more than 41,500 acres of land on 64 family farms and ranches.
National Agricultural Law Center - In 1987, Congress recognized the University of Arkansas School of Law for its "unique expertise in the area of agricultural
law" and called for the creation of the National Center for Agricultural Law Research and Information at the Law School. Since then, the National Agricultural Law Center has been funded with federal
appropriations through the National Agricultural Library, an entity within the USDA Agricultural
Research Service. The Center conducts objective legal research and provides timely, accurate, and
non-partisan agricultural information to those in the agricultural community.
National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) - Organization for Extension educators and other professionals who work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and natural resources, 4-H youth development, community development, administration, aquaculture and Sea Grant, and related disciplines.
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) - Sponsors research related to organic farming practices,
disseminates research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and educates the public
and decision-makers about organic farming issues.
World Resources Institute (WRI) - Current areas of work include economics, forests, biodiversity, climate
change, energy, sustainable agriculture, resource and environmental information, trade, technology, national strategies for environmental
and resource management, business liaison, and human health.
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