Related Websites

The following websites are additional resources intended to improve the users understanding of food marketing and provide better access to both regional and national food markets.

AgMRC (Agricultural Marketing Resource Center) - Iowa State University

An electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture; a collaboration of university research and outreach specialists focused on collecting and interpreting information and creating new research to support value-added agricultural activities.

Agricultural Alternatives-Penn State Extension

Publications on a wide variety of agriculture alternatives.

AgriSeek Ag Marketplace

Online marketplace for equipment, livestock, real estate, jobs, farm-related products and services. This marketplace helps agricultural and rural-based businesses to expand market share through an on-line trading community.

A website for people who like to eat and like to cook.

America Farmland Trust

Committed to protecting the nation's best farm and ranch land and improving the economic viability of agriculture.

Approaching Food Service Establishments with Locally Grown Products

This report, prepared for the North Central Initiative for Small Farm Profitability by the UNL Food Processing Center, helps producers market their products to the foodservice industry and examines the opportunities and obstacles producers may encounter when approaching a restaurant or institution with locally grown products.

Center for Ecoliteracy

Dedicated to education for sustainable living. The Center is a pioneer in providing tools, ideas, and support for combining hands-on experience in the natural world with curricular innovation in K-12 education. It administers a grant program and donor-advised funds, publishes extensively online and in print, and offers resources, seminars, and technicalassistance in support of systemic change.

Climate and Farming

This website provides a unique, comprehensive set of resource materials to help farmers make practical and profitable responses to climate changes, with subjects including: Greenhouse Gases & Climate Change, including and overview of climate science and indicators of climate change in the Northeast; Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture, including effects on crops, livestock, weeds, pests and pathogens; Energy, Greenhouse Gases & Farming, including cost-effective strategies for farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enter the renewable energy marketplace.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice.

Community Food Security Coalition

The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), North American 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. Learn more about grants, conferences, and marketing for sustainable agriculture and feeding programs.

Farm to College -
Bring local food to college dining halls.

Farm to School -
Bring local food to local cafeterias.

The Resource Center is a comprehensive listing of agricultural and related documents from North America and worldwide. It was created to bring the benefits of the Internet to all people presently engaged in the constructive conservation, development, and promotion of the agriculture industry.

Food Routes

Take action with a "Buy Local" campaign, download marketing materials, and more.

FoodMAP (Food Marketing and Processing)

FoodMAP (Food Marketing and Processing) is a comprehensive clearinghouse of marketing and processing information on identifying new markets, learning about alternative agriculture opportunities, locating processing equipment, and understanding processing requirements and ingredients. is a marketplace for buying and selling new and used farm machinery, equipment, seeds, crops, food, livestock and a wide range of services including job opportunities. It combines a worldwide news service with an interactive business directory and international online job market focusing on agriculture and related fields.

Local Harvest

Find CSA programs and local farmers nationwide.

National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs

A national organization that cultivates opportunities for consumers to buy fresh produce from local growers.

National Farmers Union

To protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers and their rural communities.

National GAP Program

Food safety through Good Agricultural Practice.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

Offers in-depth publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA and federal sustainable ag activities.

Organic Farming-National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service-ATTRA -
Organic farming addresses fruits, vegetables, agronomic crops, livestock, soils, certification, marketing, pest control, value-added enterprises, post-harvest handling, and greenhouse production. Written largely in response to questions from farmers, the ATTRA publications in this section cover specific issues among the most widely produced organic crops.

Growing Your Range Poultry Business: An Entreprenuer's Toolbox -
This Toolbox is written for anyone who desires to make a profit from range poultry production, whether by direct-marketing "pastured poultry," building a processing plant, or working cooperatively with other producers.

Marketing, Business and Risk Management-National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service-ATTRA -
These resources can guide agricultural business planning and help farmers manage the amount of risk in their enterprises. In addition, some of these resources offer advice on diversifying, developing new markets and adding value to farm products to increase income.

Niche Pork

Niche Pork's mission is to enhance pork consumption by meeting customer demands for value-added pork and pork products while helping increase the opportunity for niche producer profitability.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

NESAWG is a regional network of member organizations and individuals working together to create a more sustainable and secure regional food system -- one that is economically viable, environmentally sound and socially just and produces safe and healthful food. We work at local, state, regional and national levels to redirect public policy, foster market-based innovation and generate an informed and active citizenry.

Organic Farming Research Foundation

Organic Farming Research Foundation fosters the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems through sponsorship, research and education.

President's Food Safety Working Group

The working group will advise President Obama on how to upgrade our food safety laws for the 21st century, foster coordination throughout government, and ensure that the laws will keep the American people safe.

Produce Marketing Association

The Produce Marketing Association is a global trade association serving the entire produce and floral supply chains by enhancing the marketing of produce, floral, and related products and services worldwide.

Slow Food

Slow Food USA envisions a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet.

Society for Nutrition Education

The Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) represents the unique professional interests of nutrition educators in the United States and worldwide.

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

They strive to empower and inspire farmers, individuals, and communities in the South to create an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane.

Starting a Food Business

On this "Starting a Food Business" web site, FDA offers information on food safety guidelines and regulations it has established that are required for informative labeling and the safe preparation, manufacture, and distribution of food products.

The New Farm - Farmer-to-Farmer Know-How from The Rodale Institute

The is operated by The Rodale Institute and the Institute's web site reaches a global community of food producers to exchange valuable "farmer-to-farmer know-how." presents expert resources for crop and livestock production, direct marketing, local food systems, policy campaigns and community-building collaborations.

The Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute provides farmers with the know-how, tools and techniques they need to succeed; policy-makers the information they need to best support our farmers; and consumers with the resources they need to make informed decisions about the food they buy and eat.

The Rural Coalition

The Rural Coalition is an alliance of regionally and culturally diverse organizations working to build a more just and sustainable food system which 1.) brings fair returns to minority and other small farmers and rural communities, 2.) ensures just and fair working conditions for farmworkers, 3.) protects the environment and 4.) delivers safe and healthy food to consumer.

The SuperMarket Coop (part of Rural Coalition) -
A collaborative effort of rural, community-based agricultural cooperatives to employ technology in the preservation of their communities, cultures and farming professions.

TheFoodTimes - All Consuming News

TheFoodTimes is a public service project that seeks to transform our understanding of the modern food system. By gathering and distilling existing food news and information, it links the dinner on our plates to our bodies, our communities, our wallets, and the health of the world we leave to our children.

United States Meat Export Federation

United States Meat Export Federation

AgMRC (Agricultural Marketing Resource Center)

The Ag Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. AgMRC offers producers the ability to:

  • investigate value-added opportunities for agricultural commodities and products.
  • gather information on market and industry trends
  • learn how to create and operate a business
  • study research results of value-added markets and businesses.
  • locate national, state and local value-added resources.

The center is administered by Iowa State University. Contributors to the center include Kansas State University, the University of California and other leading land grant universities and organizations involved in value-added agriculture. Partial funding for the center is derived from the USDA Rural Development.

Iowa State University Value-Added Agriculture Programs

Value-Added Agriculture Programs (VAAP) team develops resources for Iowans on topics ranging from organizing a value-added group to starting a business developing niche markets and enhancing business profitability. Assistance is available with:

  • Entrepreneurial support
  • Focus groups
  • Feasibility studies
  • Business plans

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