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Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC-UK) - Committed to "safe and responsible" introduction of biotechnology into the production of food. The companies involved here include: Bayer CropScience; BASF; Dow Agrosciences; Dupont; Monsanto; and Syngenta.
Agricultural Biotechnology Intellectual Property - This database, from the Economic Research Service, identifies and describes U.S. utility patents on inventions in biotechnology and other biological processes - with issue dates between 1976 and 2000 - that are used in food and agriculture. The database also provides information about the ownership of these patents, whether patents are held in the public or private sector, and changes in patent ownership due to firm mergers, acquisitions, and spinoffs.
Agricultural Land Values and Cash Rents Annual Summary - This full-text report provides data on agricultural land values and cash rents, utilizing a Jan. 1 reference date for land values and the crop or grazing year for cash rents. Includes, by state and region, average value per acre for farm real estate (farmland and buildings), average cash rent per acre for cropland rented, average cash rent per acre for pasture rented. Initial release is a combined report; subsequent reports will be released at different times of the year; agricultural land values in spring; agricultural cash rents in summer.
Agricultural Network Information Center (AgNIC) - A distributed network that provides access to agriculture-related information, subject area experts, and other resources. It was established by an alliance of the National Agricultural Library, land-grant universities, and other organizations committed to facilitating public access to agricultural and related information.
American Farmland Trust (AFT) - AFT works to stop the loss of productive farmland and to promote farming practices that lead to a healthy environment. Since its founding in 1980, AFT has helped win permanent protection for over a million acres of American farmland.
British Poultry Council (BPC) - Membership of the BPC includes companies and individuals engaged in breeding, hatching, rearing and processing chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese to produce poultry meat.
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) - Promotes food sovereignty and democratic decision-making on science and technology issues in order to protect the integrity of the environment, health, food, and the livelihoods of people in Canada.
Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) - Develops and fosters agriculture and natural resource management approaches that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially acceptable. Facilitates and recommends new research and education programs that sustain agriculture and natural resources.
Civil Eats - Promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) - A worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. Built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing starting in 1993, and reinforced with the creation of a national consumer network since 2000, CIW’s work has steadily grown over more than twenty years to encompass three broad and overlapping spheres: Fair Food Program, Anti-Slavery Campaign, and Campaign for Fair Food.
Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers - The Coalition provides individual farm families with specific help in understanding, implementing and following rules and regulations covering animal agriculture. Its mission: to help grow communities - one farmer at a time. Six Iowa farm and commodity organizations created this strategic effort. They include: Iowa Cattlemen's Association; Iowa Corn Growers Association; Iowa Farm Bureau; Iowa Poultry Association; Iowa Pork Producers Association; and Iowa Soybean Association.
Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) - A U.S. Government-owned and operated entity that was created to stabilize, support, and protect farm income and prices. CCC also helps maintain balanced and adequate supplies of agricultural commodities and aids in their orderly distribution.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) - CAFF political and educational campaigns are building a movement of rural and urban people who foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies, and promotes social justice. Members are urbanites, farmers, environmentalists, rural activists, students, and anyone concerned with the social and environmental dimensions of agriculture.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) - CSA resources provided by the University of Massachusetts Extension. CSA is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters which provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. Supporters cover a farm's yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season's harvest.
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) - The CRP offers landowners, operators, and tenants the opportunity to voluntarily convert land with high erosion rates and other environmentally sensitive land to permanent vegetative cover. Permanent cover options include grasses and legumes, tree plantings, and wildlife habitat. The program goals are to reduce soil erosion, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, protect the soils on the nation's cropland base, demonstrate good land stewardship, and improve rural aesthetics. The program aims to protect the nation's long-term ability to produce food and fiber by effectively managing agricultural resources, reducing soil erosion, reducing sedimentation, improving water quality, creating a better habitat for fish and wildlife, providing some needed income support for farmers, and curbing production of some surplus commodities. Financial and technical assistance is available to participants to help establish a permanent vegetative cover. Also, cash paid here for your remaining annual CRP payments. Will convert your future CRP payments into a lump-sum payment now.
Corn Production - Iowa State University research and extension site equipping producers and agronomists with the information they need to continue advancing corn production in Iowa.
Cornutopia Institute - Dedicated to the fight for economic justice for the family-scale farming community. Through research, advocacy, and economic development our goal is to empower farmers both politically and through marketplace initiatives.
Corporate Agribusiness Research Project (CARP) - Established to monitor corporate agribusiness from a public interest perspective through awareness, education, and action while at the same time advocating the importance of building alternative, democratically controlled food systems.
Crop Insurance Research Bureau (CIRB) - A national trade association of crop insurers and other organizations who lend support to and promote the crop insurance industry. CIRB members insure crops in nearly every state of the union and provide billions of dollars in crop hail and multiple peril crop insurance (MPCI) protection.
CSREES - Congress created CSREES through the 1994 Department Reorganization Act. The former Cooperative State Research Service (CSRS) and the former Extension Service (ES) - two unique USDA agencies - were combined that year into a single agency. CSREES provides U.S. federal leadership in creating and disseminating knowledge spanning the biological, physical, and social sciences related to agricultural research, economic analysis, statistics, extension, and higher education.
ETC Group - Dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights. Conducts research and analysis of technological information (particularly but not exclusively plant genetic resources, biotechnologies, and biological diversity).
Farm Folk City Folk- Working on issues of food, farming, social justice, health, and the environment.
Farm Gate Blog - A weekly summary of news from Extension, government, and other attributable sources, focused on marketing, farm management, and other issues that are of interest to Midwestern farm owners and operators.
Farm Service Agency (FSA) - Agency serving U.S. farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of agricultural programs.
Farm Subsidy Database - Tracks over 108 million USDA payments totaling $114 billion. Also provides analyses, including top-recipient listings and payment concentration analyses at the state and county levels and within each major USDA program, and information on ownership interests in subsidized farms.
Farmers National Company - The largest employee owned farm and ranch management, real estate and ag services company in the U.S.
Farmland Information Library - Farmland protection and land use resources, including: urban sprawl, development, sprawl, farmland protection, farmland preservation, right-to-farm laws, land trusts, agricultural conservation easements.
Farms - A leading provider of innovative information products and services to the global Agriculture and Food industry.
Food Democracy Now - A grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects the natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.
Food Ethics Council - Established as a result of widespread public concern over developments in the agricultural and food industries, some of which infringe widely held ethical principles. Council members are concerned that the emphasis on profit evident in much present day agribusiness often means that insufficient attention is paid to adverse effects on the health and safety of consumers, farm animal welfare, the livelihood of many farmers, preservation of the natural environment and, not least, the well-being of the less privileged in developing countries.
Food Policy Action - Mission is to highlight the importance of food policy and to promote policies that support healthy diets, reduce hunger at home and abroad, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, increase transparency, improve public health, reduce the risk of food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems, treat farm animals humanely and reduce the environmental impact of farming and food production.
Food Safety News - Coverage of topics ranging from policy and politics to foodborne illness outbreaks to sustainability, science and research.
Food Safety News - Coverage of topics ranging from policy and politics to foodborne illness outbreaks to sustainability, science and research.
Food, Inc. - Corporate concentration from farm to consumer, a report by a UK food group.
Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) - A partnership between leading African and UK institutions, developing evidence for policy influencing agricultural policy processes at global, national and local levels.
Global Crop Production Analysis - Global crop condition assessments and estimates of area, yield, and production for grains, oilseeds, and cotton. Provided by USDA.
Gone to Seed - Seeds of traditional crops are contaminated with DNA from genetically engineered (GE) crops according to Gone to Seed, a Union of Concerned Scientists' report. Gone to Seed found that seeds thought to be free of GE material are in fact pervasively contaminated. Based on these findings, we are concerned that the seed supply is inadequately protected from contamination by pharm and industrial crops. The report recommends several steps that the U.S. government should take.
Grain - An international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.
Humane Farming Association (HFA) - HFA's goals are to protect farm animals from cruelty, to protect the public from the dangerous misuse of antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals used on factory farms, and to protect the environment from the impacts of industrialized animal factories.
Illini PorkNet - Online resource for portk industry. Current topics, papers and an Ask the Expert section that allows producers to send a question to experts in such areas as nutrition, genetics, reproduction, buildings, ventilation, waste management, economics, veterinary medicine (swine health), business management, immunology, swine behavior and lactation biology.
International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ICARRD) - ICARRD closed on March 10th, 2006, with the adoption of a Final Declaration calling for all governments to adopt rural development policies that promote agrarian reform to benefit the poor and most marginalized. The Conference affirmed that land and access to natural resources are the foundation of sustainable rural development and cultural and environmental viability.
Iowa Farmer Today - Through the 1980s and 1990s and into the new millennium, Iowa Farmer Today has covered presidential elections, shifting farm legislation, droughts and floods, the debt crisis of the early '80s, the commodity price crisis of the late '90s, the ongoing debate surrounding genetically enhanced crops, improvements in equipment, industry consolidation, advances in crop and livestock production and the unique aspects of farm families and lifestyles. The editors are committed to presenting practical, relevant and timely news and information farmers can put to use on their farms. The editorial mix contains stories ranging from global to local in scope, high-tech to nuts-and-bolts, production to politics.
Iowa Soybean Association - Seeking to expand soybean profit opportunities while promoting environmentally sensible production.
Just Food - A non-profit organization that connects communities and local farms with the resources and support they need to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to New Yorkers.
La Via Campesina - International movement bringing together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.
Land Institute, The - Seeks to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops.
Land Loss Fund - A grassroots, educational and charitable organization seeking to improve the social, educational and economic welfare of the people whose lives are being affected by the continued loss of family owned land especially in rural African-American communities.
Local Harvest - A "living" public directory of small farms nationwide. Currently, Local Harvest is "a sprouting seed bed", with basic listings seeded from the USDA directory of CSAs and Farmers' Markets.
Meating Place - On-line community for meat and poultry processors. Daily industry news, supplier company and equipment information, discussion forums, commodity pricing, HACCP information, and archives of past articles.
Mo Better Foods - Establishing markets in the inner cities by selling fresh food grown by African American farmers.
National Assessment of Agricultural Easement Programs - Reviews the progress and experiences of 46 leading agricultural conservation easement programs in 15 states. Collectively these local and state programs account for a majority of the 1.8 million agricultural acres put under easement nationwide since this technique was first seriously applied to farmland protection a quarter of a century ago. The National Assessment is a joint project of American Farmland Trust and the Agricultural Issues Center of the University of California, Davis.
National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS) - Representing the interests of more than 60 crop insurance companies, NCIS companies write Crop-Hail Insurance; Multiple Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI), the federally subsidized risk management program; and, privately developed crop insurance products totaling approximately $3 billion in premium, with liability totaling approximately $50 billion.
National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) - Provides a voice for grassroots groups on farm, food, trade and rural economic issues to ensure fair prices for family farmers, safe and healthy food, and vibrant, environmentally sound rural communities.
National Farmers Union - Officially called the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, was founded in 1902 in Point, Texas by Newt Gresham. National Farmers Union is a general farm organization with a membership of nearly 300,000 farm and ranch families throughout the United States. A federation that represents farmers and ranchers in all states in the U.S.
National Swine Improvement Federation (NSIF) - Assists swine breeding stock suppliers, academic personnel, and pork industry affiliates in the research, development, and utilization of scientifically-based genetic improvement programs and associated practices for the economically efficient production of high quality, nutritious pork.
National Union of Autonomous Regional Farming Organizations (UNORCA) - A non-profit, non partisan coalition of Mexican campesino and indigenous farming organizations founded in March of 1985, with presence in 27 Mexican states. Its mission is to voice the concerns of the rural and indigenous populace and to dignify the life of small producers and rural workers.
Nebraska Farmers Union - Farmers Union grew out of the need for farmers to harness the power of organization to stand up against the monopolies that controlled the railroads, ag processing, ag supplies, and the grocers.
Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK) - Promotes healthy food, agriculture and an environment which will provide food and meet public health needs without dependence on toxic chemicals, and without harm to food producers and agricultural workers.
Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production - Formed to conduct a comprehensive, fact-based and balanced examination of key aspects of the farm animal industry. Commissioners represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives and come from the fields of veterinary medicine, agriculture, public health, business, government, rural advocacy and animal welfare.
ProgressiveFarmer - General farming, equipment, livestock, agribusiness news and exclusives.
Risk Management Agency (RMA) - The U.S. crop insurance federal program is administered by the RMA, which helps farmers survive a major crop loss. About two-thirds of the acreage planted to major U.S. crops is insured, and more than 76 crops and many of their varieties are insurable.
Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity - Seeks to improve the world's diet, prevent obesity, and reduce weight stigma by establishing creative connections between science and public policy, developing targeted research, and encouraging frank dialogue among key constituents.
South Central Farmers - Calling on all supporters to join against this Holocaustic aggression against the poor working people of South Central Los Angeles. The South Central Farmers are fighting in the courts against eviction, and demanding that the Los Angeles City Council live up to its decision in 1992 to allow our community to cultivate this land to help alleviate hunger in South Central Los Angeles.
State of Food and Agriculture 2000, The - Common to the findings here is the fact that progress achieved in the reduction of hunger over the past 50 years has been insufficient, and much is still to be accomplished before hunger is finally eradicated. This United Nations report includes findings on 1) Social and economic impact of agricultural modernization, 2) Food and nutrition security: why food production matters, 3) Agricultural production and productivity, and 4) Political economy issues, poverty and food security.
Sustain - Alliance for better food and farming. Advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. WRepresents 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.
Sustainable Communities Online - Community efforts can preserve agricultural land, encourage sustainable agricultural practices, support local food producers, and facilitate the production and distribution of locally-produced food through farmer's markets and cooperative food buying programs. This section presents examples of whole systems approaches to sustainable agriculture.
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) - Includes six commodity programs - Cotton, dairy, fruit and vegetable, livestock and seed, poultry, and tobacco. The programs employ specialists who provide standardization, grading and market news services for those commodities. They enforce such federal laws as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and the Federal Seed Act. AMS commodity programs also oversee marketing agreements and orders, administer research and promotion programs, and purchase commodities for Federal food programs.
USDA Economics, Statistics and Market Information System (ESMIS) - A collaborative project between Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University and several agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The system contains nearly 2500 reports and datasets. These materials cover U.S. and international agriculture and related topics. Available titles include both current and historical data.
USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FASonline) - Works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products. FAS operates programs designed to build new markets and improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace.
USDA Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) - Advises the Secretary on the economic implications of policies and programs affecting the U.S. food and fiber system and rural areas as well as coordinates, reviews, and approves the Department's commodity and farm sector forecasts. OCE staff also coordinates USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum, which has been hosted annually since 1923.
Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) - Established by a national group of wildlands proponents and ecological farming advocates who share a concern for the land and its wild and human inhabitants. Their mission is to promote a healthy, viable agriculture that helps protect and restore wild Nature. WFA is working to educate growers and certifiers on biodiversity issues on organic farms and have these issues integrated into U.S. National Organic Standards.
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