Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA), P.O. Box 3657, Fayetteville, AR 72702 1-800-346-9140, www.attra.org. Offers a series of publications on agronomy and pest management covering various aspects of ecological pest management.
Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), Hills Building, Room 35, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 05405-0082; (802) 656-0484; www.sare.org. As the national outreach arm of USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, SAN disseminates information through electronic and print publications, including:
Building Soils for Better Crops, 2nd Edition. How to manage soils to produce healthy crops while protecting the environment. $19.95 + $3.95 s/h to Sustainable Agriculture Publications. (See address above.)
Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 2nd Edition. Practical information about cover crops. $19 + $3.95 s/h to Sustainable Agriculture Publications. (See address above.)
Steel in the Field: A farmer's guide to weed management tools. A farmer-oriented handbook with descriptions on tools' roles, designs and costs. $18 + $3.95 s/h to Sustainable Agriculture Publications. (See address above.)
Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture (2nd ed.) by Miguel Altieri. Key principles of sustainable agriculture through case studies of sustainable rural development in developing countries. $28 to Perseus Books Group Customer Service, (800) 386-5656; email@example.com; www.westviewpress.com/
Alternatives in Insect Pest Management - Biological and Biorational Approaches by University of Illinois Extension. Information and evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of alternative insect pest management - microbial insecticides, botanical insecticides and insecticidal soaps, attractants, traps, beneficial insects and predatory mites. 75 pages. Free/web only. http://web.aces.uiuc.edu/vista/pdf_pubs/altinsec.pdf
Alternatives to Insecticides for Managing Vegetable Insects by Kimberly A. Stoner. Proceedings from a farmer/scientist conference that exchanged experience and research on alternatives to insecticides for vegetable growers in the Northeastern U.S. Free from NRAES Cooperative Extension, (607) 255-7654; NRAES@ cornell.edu; http://NRAES.org
Best Management Practices for Crop Pests by Colorado State University Extension. Integrated pest management oriented to Colorado and western U.S. crops and pests. Bulletin XCM-176. $2 to The Other Bookstore, (970) 491-2961; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/crops/pubcrop.html
Biodiversity and Pest Management in Agroecosystems by Miguel Altieri. Explores entomological aspects of agriculture and analyzes the ecological basis for the maintenance of biodiversity in agriculture. $39.95 (five or more: $24.95) from The Haworth Press, Inc., 1-800-HAWORTH; getinfo@ haworthpressinc.com; www.haworthpressinc.com
Common Sense Pest Control by W. Olkowski et al. How to control pests using natural mechanisms. 715 pages. $29.95 plus $3.95 s/h to Taunton Direct, Inc., (800) 888-8286.
Ecologically Based Pest Management: New Solutions for a New Century by Ralph Hardy. Offers a vision and strategies for creating a solid knowledge base to support such a system. $20 to Conservation Technology Information Center, (765) 494-9555; email@example.com; www.ctic.purdue.edu/CTIC/CTIC.html
Insect Pest Management in Field Corn. J. Van Duyn. Discusses cultural practices useful in controlling various insect pests. Free from North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, (704) 873-0507.
Michigan Field Crop Pest Ecology and Management. Mutch, D.R., M.A. Cavigelli, S.R. Deming, M.A., L.A. Frost, and L.K. Probyn (eds.). Bulletin E-2704. $12 to Michigan State University Extension. (517) 355-0240; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.msue.msu.edu/portal/
Natural Enemies Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Biological Pest Control by Mary Louise Flint and Steve H. Dreistadt. Publication 3386. $35 to University of California Press; (800) 777-UC-BOOKS; www.ipm.ucdavis.edu.
Pests of the Garden and Small Farm by Mary Louise Flint. Describes major pests on 30 vegetable and tree fruit crops and alternative controls - biological control, resistant varieties, traps and barriers & less toxic pesticides. University of California Publication 3332. 286 pages. $35 to ANR Press, (800) 994-8849; http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu
The Soil Biology Primer. This set of eight units describes the importance of soil organisms and the soil food web to soil productivity and water and air quality. Free. 1-888-LANDCARE; email@example.com; http://www.swcs.org/en/publications/books/soil_biology_primer.cfm
Suppliers of Beneficial Organisms in North America. California Department of Pesticide Regulation. A resource for purchasing biological controls as alternatives or supplements to combat insect, mite, snail or weed pests. Free from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, (916) 324-4100; firstname.lastname@example.org
Weeds as Teachers: Many Little Hammers' Weed Management by Sally Hilander. Proceedings of a 1995 weed management conference that emphasized least-toxic and non-toxic techniques for controlling weeds in the Northern Plains (Canada and U.S.). Alternative Energy Resources Organization (406) 443-7272, email@example.com
Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies in North America, www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ent/biocontrol/
Biological Control as a Component of Sustainable Agriculture, ARS-USDA, Tifton, Ga., http://sacs.cpes.peachnet.edu/lewis
Pennsylvania State University IPM, http://paipm.cas.psu.edu
University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project web site, www.ipm.ucdavis.edu
"No-Till Vegetables: A Sustainable Way to Increase Profits, Save Soil and Reduce Pesticides" by Pennsylvania farmer Steve Groff. Covers no-till vegetable production and methods to control weeds using cover crops. $21.95 + $3 s/h to Cedar Meadow Farm, (717) 284-5152; www.cedarmeadowfarm.com
Marlene Fritz is a communications specialist for the University of Idaho College of Agriculture in Boise. David Mudd is a freelance writer living in Blacksburg, VA. Valerie Berton, former SARE communications specialist, served as project manager. For more information about sustainable agriculture and SARE, visit www.sare.org or call (301) 504-5230.
Special thanks to the team of scientists who researched and wrote much of the first draft, including Fred Kirschenmann, a North Dakota farmer; Doug Landis, Michigan State University; Joe Lewis, USDA-ARS; Matt Liebman, Iowa State University; John Luna, Oregon State University; Fred Magdoff, University of Vermont; Deb Neher, University of Toledo; Sharad Phatak, University of Georgia; Ron Prokapy, University of Massachusetts; Ed Rajotte, Penn State University; and John Teasdale, USDA-ARS.