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USDA Aquaculture Resources
Resource portal including research programs, data and statistics, market trends and other resources related to aquaculture.

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Farm Service Agency is equitably serving all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans.

USDA Farmer’s Market Guide
USDA’s portal for information about farmer’s markets in the US, including a directory of US Farmer’s markets and resources on starting a farmer’s market in your community.

USDA National Agriculture Library
Digital library resources from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

USDA Publications- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s)
USDA’s portal for information about community supported agriculture, aka “farm shares” where the community pledges to support a local farm by purchasing “shares” of the farm’s crops in advance.

Farm Subsidy Database
Environmental Working Group’s farm subsidy database. “EWG supports broad-based reform of federal farm policy by expanding farmland conservation programs to increase assistance especially to the bottom 90% of farm subsidy recipients as well as those completely left out of the current system.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
SARE provides grants and outreach to advance sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture.

Aquaculture Resources Directory
Resources with content relating to aquaculture, mariculture, agriculture, aquaponics, sustainability, fish/seafood products and related topics.

Basic Seed Saving- International Seed Saving Institute
Provides seed saving instructions for 27 common vegetables. The ISSI’s goal is to help people become truly self-reliant in their own food and seed production.

Capital Press Agricultural Newsletter
Capital Press Agricultural Newsletter is an independent weekly farm and ranch newspaper that serves California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and other western states.

Farm Journal (full text articles also available in Proquest & General OneFile databases)
Farm Journal, the largest national U.S. farm magazine, is a prime source of practical information on crops and livestock for farm families. Published 12 times a year, the magazine emphasizes agricultural production, technology and policy.

Good Fruit Grower Magazine
The Good Fruit Grower magazine covers the growing, packing, handling, marketing, and promotion of tree fruits (apples, pears, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums), as well as juice and wine grape production.  It's published by the Washington State Fruit Commission 17 times per year.

Land Stewardship Project’s "Ear to the Ground" podcast
LSP's Ear to the Ground is an audio podcast produced by the Land Stewardship Project. It features interviews and presentations related to sustainable agriculture, rural development, local food and farming systems, agricultural policy and social justice.

Milk Production site contains a digital reference library addressing all aspects of the dairy business, so farmers “involved in milk production can find information that will help them make better business decisions."

SPIN Farming
SPIN-Farming is a non-technical, easy-to-learn and inexpensive-to-implement vegetable farming system that makes it possible to earn significant income from land bases under an acre in size. SPIN stands for S-mall P-lot IN-tensive.

Understanding Dairy Markets
Your source for market information and price risk management principles. Site was created by Professor Brian W. Gould from the University of Wisconsin Dairy Marketing and Risk Management Program.

American Dairy Science Association
The American Dairy Science Association provides leadership in scientific and technical support to sustain and grow the global dairy industry through generation, dissemination, and exchange of information and services.

American Farmland Trust
American Farmland Trust is committed to protecting the nation's best farm and ranch land and improving the economic viability of agriculture. AFT works with federal, state and local leaders and communities to develop legislation, implement policies and execute programs that keep farmers on their land and protect our environment.

Center for Rural Affairs
Nebraska organization that seeks to establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (California)
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers advocates for California family farmers and sustainable agriculture.

Community Food Security Coalition (Oregon)
The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times.

Ecotrust’s Food & Farm Program
We improve public understanding of agriculture and the challenges it faces, increase the market share of locally grown, processed, and manufactured foods, and share the abundance of our region with eaters from all walks of life.

Farmers’ Legal Action Group
Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services to family farmers and their rural communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land.

Food Alliance
Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization that certifies farms, ranches and food handlers for sustainable agricultural and facility management practices.

Land Stewardship Project
The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities.

Local Harvest
The Local Harvest website is an online directory of farmer’s markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food. Their motto is “real food, real farmers, real community.

National Family Farm Coalition
National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) unites and strengthens the voices and actions of its diverse grassroots members to demand viable livelihoods for family farmers, safe and healthy food for everyone, and economically and environmentally sound rural communities.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.

Organic Farming Research Foundation
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) seeks to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems.

Pesticide Action Network- North America
Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN North America, or PANNA) works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.

Rodale Institute
Rodale Institute is a nonprofit organization that promotes farm worker’s rights, organic farming, and sustainability in agriculture. Rodale Institute’s New Farm journal provides “farmer-to-farmer resources, articles and personal stories that explain how to make regenerative farming profitable and build supportive communities.

Northwest Berry & Grape Information Network
The Northwest Berry & Grape Information Network is the most comprehensive information and communications resource for berry and grape production practices, research, and marketing.

WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR)
Created by the Washington state legislature in 1991, CSANR leads efforts in sustainable agriculture, food, and natural resource systems that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible.

WSU Cooperative Extension- Grays Harbor County
WSU master gardener program for Grays Harbor County- To provide public education in gardening and home horticulture based on researched-based information from WSU Extension.

WSU Cooperative Extension- Lewis County
WSU master gardener program for Lewis County To provide public education in gardening and home horticulture based on researched-based information from WSU Extension.

WSU Cooperative Extension- Mason County
WSU master gardener program for Mason County- To provide public education in gardening and home horticulture based on researched-based information from WSU Extension.

WSU Cooperative Extension- Pacific County
WSU master gardener program for Pacific County- To provide public education in gardening and home horticulture based on researched-based information from WSU Extension.

WSU Cooperative Extension- Thurston County
WSU master gardener program for Thurston County- To provide public education in gardening and home horticulture based on researched-based information from WSU Extension.

WSU Farmfinder- Washington & Oregon
Searchable database provides information on Washington farms, farmer’s markets, crops, and harvesting schedules.

WSU Puyallup Plant & Insect Diagnostic Laboratory
Assists in diagnosis and resolution of plant issues due to insect infestation.

WSU Small Farms Team
Washington State University Small Farms Team provides research-based information and educational programs for farmers, consumers, decision-makers, and others involved in local food systems.

Cascade Harvest Coalition
Cascade Harvest Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to re-localizing the food system in Washington State by more directly connecting consumers and producers.

Dairy Farmers of Washington
The Washington Dairy Products Commission, a state agency, is certified by the USDA to manage producer funds collected for the purpose of building demand for milk and other dairy products via a number of business development activities - including dairy promotion, consumer education, and issues/crisis management programs - that support Washington State's second largest agricultural commodity.

Puget Sound Fresh
A subdivision of the Cascade Harvest Coalition, “Puget Sound Fresh is a buy local program that supports producers operating in any of the 12 Puget Sound Counties: Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, Pierce, Thurston, Jefferson, Clallam, Kitsap, Mason, Island and San Juan.

South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust
Promoting vibrant local food and farming systems through community supported farmland preservation strategies, partnerships that increase opportunities for farms and farmers to flourish, and public educational outreach.

Thurston Conservation District
The Thurston Conservation District promotes voluntary stewardship among private landowners in Thurston County.

Tilth Producers- a Chapter of the Washington Tilth Association
Tilth Producers of Washington, a Chapter of Washington Tilth Association, is the premier organic farming and sustainable agriculture organization of Washington State.

Tilth Producers Directory
A Washington Guide to Organic and Sustainable Growers, Food and Farm Suppliers and Resources.

Washington State Farmers Market Association
WSFMA supports and promotes vibrant and sustainable farmers markets in Washington State.

Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network
The Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network (the Network) is a grassroots, statewide advocacy organization for sustainable agriculture and family farms in Washington State.

PCC Farmland Trust
PCC Farmland Trust secures, preserves and stewards threatened farmland in the Northwest, to ensure that generations of local farmers productively farm it using sustainable, organic growing methods.

Agricultural Workforce in Washington State (PDF report)
Report covers trends in agriculture, and how these trends affect agricultural workers in Washington State.

Guide for Small Business in Washington State (PDF report)
A general guide for Washington residents who are starting or already own a small business. Provides contact information for state agencies and other organizations that assist small business owners in a variety of ways.

Municipal Research & Services Center of Washington (MRSC) - Farmland Preservation Techniques and Sustainable Agriculture Links
An exhaustive directory of links about farming and sustainable agriculture.

Thurston Geodata Center
Information on soil type, water sources, value and more for land parcels in Thurston County.

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)
The WSDA carries out a broad spectrum of activities that support the producers, distributors, and consumers of Washington's food and agricultural products.

WSDA Future of Farming Strategic Plan
A statewide strategic plan for Washington agriculture submitted to the Legislature and the Governor in February 2009.

WSDA Small Farm & Direct Marketing Program
Resources to help small farms with effective marketing strategies.

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Magazine and newspaper articles, books, photographs and maps.

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