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Investing in the Next Generation of Agricultural Scientists
Sustainable solutions to today's agricultural challenges arise when scientists, educators and producers work together to test theories in real-world, on-farm situations. For this approach itself to be sustainable, there must be opportunities for the next generation of agricultural scientists to use collaborative, applied research to address the real-world needs of farmers and ranchers. The SARE Graduate Student grant program is one such opportunity—since 2000, the program has supported the work of 600 master's and Ph.D. students.
General Information on Sustainable Agriculture
These general resources can be useful for youth educators who want to learn and share information about sustainable agriculture.
Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems
More and more, farmers, ranchers, ag professionals, community organizers and others are striving to reconfigure the nation's food system so more value stays in food-producing communities.
Abundant High Tunnels Provide a Community Boost in West Virginia
For years now, small-scale vegetable farmers have been turning to high tunnels—cheap, unheated structures similar to greenhouses—as a cost-effective way to extend the growing season and their on-farm income stream. But while high tunnels were popping up throughout many cold Northeastern states, in West Virginia they were not. Until 2008 that is, when West Virginia […]
Good Natured Family Farms Brings Together Producers and Local Businesses to Market Local Foods
Good Natured Family Farms is an alliance of more than 150 family farms and small businesses in the Kansas City, MO area. They sell products under the Good Natured Family Farms’ logo in Balls Food Stores in the Kansas City Area. Their selection of products encompasses all-natural beef, free-range chickens, free-range brown eggs, farmhouse cheeses, milk, eggnog, […]
Farm to Hospital Toolkit
Tools farmers and hospitals can use to increase direct hospital purchases from local producers.
MarketReady Educational Resources
MarketReady prepares food producers to sell directly to consumers and wholesale buyers.
Wholesale Packing Resource Guide
This plain language guide is for farmers and ranchers interested in selling to supermarkets, produce distributors, restaurants and institutions.
Sustainable Food Purchasing Guide
This guide was written to help institutions determine how to source more sustainable food options.
Farm to School Training Toolkit
Resources for ag educators and community leaders who are starting a farm to school program.
Marketing Strategies for Farmers and Ranchers
This bulletin offers snapshots of alternatives to marketing commodities through conventional channels.