Farm Aid Resource Network - Resource Partners
Farm Aid's Resource Partners are national organizations committed to helping guide the direction of the Network. Their leadership makes our network of more than 700 organizations stronger by bringing their leadership in offering comprehensive and quality resources and assistance to family farmers. Together, we connect farmers to resources, tools and opportunities that help them thrive.
Center for Rural Affairs advocates for policies that support rural communities, reduce poverty, reward stewardship, and strengthen beginning and small and mid-size farms and rural businesses; creates opportunities to earn a living in rural communities though work with small businesses and family farms and ranches; and advances communities by working to develop leaders, create innovative approaches and provide resources for individuals working in small towns. The Center provides assistance to family farmers and ranchers seeking federal beginning farmer, conservation and rural development programs. They host a Farm Bill Helpline to help farmers and ranchers understand the programs and navigate the hurdles to using them. They also host Land Link, a program that connects beginning farmers with landowners and retiring farmers.
Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) is a nonprofit law center dedicated to providing legal services and support to family farmers and their communities in order to help keep family farmers on the land. Since its inception, FLAG has provided an extensive array of legal services to financially distressed farmers and their advocates and attorneys nationwide. FLAG's work addresses a wide range of issues of concern to family farmers and ranchers: agricultural credit, sustainable agriculture, corporate concentration and vertical integration in the poultry and livestock industries, organic production, contract farming, race discrimination in USDA programs, accountability in government support programs, disaster assistance and crop insurance programs, farmland preservation, support for farmers developing local food networks, and legal help for farmers seeking to develop value-added enterprises. By providing legal education, backup support, impact litigation, and legislative and administrative technical assistance services to its client organizations, FLAG assists in preserving family farms and ranches.
Since 1976, the National Center for Appropriate Technology has been serving people by providing technical assistance and information on appropriate technologies that can help improve lives while protecting our natural resources. NCAT developed and manages ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
The ATTRA program is a one-stop national information service program that provides farmers, ranchers, educators and policy makers efficient access to science-based technical information needed for decision-making about sustainable farming and marketing practices. The program provides free technical assistance via an 800 toll free number that is staffed for 9 hours per day in English and Spanish. The website contains more than 300 publications on topics directly related to sustainable agriculture, marketing, and farm energy. A variety of webinars and podcasts can also be viewed and downloaded from the site.
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has a very clear vision — that organic farming will be the leading form of agriculture for healthy people who thrive on a healthy planet. OFRF is dedicated to the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF sponsors organic farming research and education projects and works to create federal farm policy that brings more farmers and acreage into organic production. Founded in 1990, OFRF is a leading non-profit and national champion of the organic family farmer in America.
Rodale Institute is dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For over sixty years, the staff at Rodale Institute has researched the best practices of organic agriculture and shared their findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocated for policies that support farmers, and educated consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet. Rodale Institute’s website is a resource for farmers and has tools to help you transition to organic, compare of conventional and organic management plans, complete organic certification paperwork, and ensure that your organic crops are priced appropriately.
RAFI-USA traces its heritage to the National Sharecroppers' Fund, which was founded in the 1930s and led by Dr. Frank Porter Graham, Eleanor Roosevelt, and other distinguished Americans. Its mission is to cultivate markets, policies and communities that sustain thriving, socially and environmentally sound farms. RAFI-USA's programs address the trends and changes in agriculture that affect us from the local to the global levels. RAFI-USA promotes equity and diversity in agriculture through practical assistance, market opportunities, policy changes and access to financial and technical resources.
The Greenhorns is a grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and many collaborators. Their mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers in this ample and able 21st century America. The Greenhorns help young and aspiring farmers to navigate career paths, build skills, and connect with each other. Their multifaceted approach includes on-the-ground organizing of events and workshops, media production, and online coalition building.