The following resources are meant to revitalize the family farm and
the rural community. PROUT maintains that thirty to forty percent of the
population should be directly involved in agriculture, with another twenty
percent on pre-agricultural production (seeds, equipment etc.), and twenty
percent on post-agricultural production (processing, manufacturing etc.).
This is necessary in order to have a balanced economy and not depend upon
the exploitation of smaller countries for our livelihood. Here agriculture
means production of natural goods. It also includes forest products, mineral
products, and plant and animal products.
|The Family Farm
Organic Gardening and Sustainable Agriculture
Rural Community Development Resources
The National Agricultural Library
The Family Farm
Resources for the American farmer. Mainstream slant, but contains many good resources. Information is organized according to: The CyberFarmer The Cyberfarm Diner Input Suppliers Marketing Education Support Services.
Great resource for rural families or Master Units seeking self-reliance in meeting basic needs. Pointers to General Information Agriculture Animals Building Skills Energy Business and Finance Food Home and Family Land Health Transportation Wild Resources and Survival. Each topic includes links to web sites, literature, organizations, suppliers and usenet groups.
Backwoods Home Magazine
If you want a more self-sufficient lifestyle for yourself and your family, Backwoods Home Magazine can help you achieve it. Every issue is jam-packed with solid, practical, hands-on information on a wide range of self-reliance topics. The articles in BHM are written by the people who are out there doing it. You'll find articles on country living, building a homestead, tools, gardening, livestock, alternative energy, recipes, making a living, self sufficiency, preparedness, homeschooling, crafts, nature, how to do it yourself, achieving independence, and much more.
A definition of a Survivalist: One who provides for possible future crises, be they natural disasters or political/economic disasters, so as to have the food and tools necessary for continued existence. This site has downloadable articles on CACHING: when, where, why, and how much. It also has pointers to: Important Links Downloadable Files Pick Publications.
Organic Gardening and Sustainable Agriculture
Howard Garrett's Basic Organic Program
An on-line "how to" manual on organic gardening. Pointers to Principles of Organic Gardening Tips and Info Controlling Insects Organic Herbicides and Pesticides Flea Control and more.
Noah's Ark: Homepage of an Organic
Tidbits from an organic farmer. Includes good pointers to information on controlling weeds and pests organically. Also contains a pointer to certification boards in each state.
Plants for a Future
A collection of leaflets about edible and other useful plants including plants for lighting, fiber, soaps, oils and information on permaculture and perennials plants.
Seeds of Change: Organically Grown
This seed company offers certified organic, open-pollinated seeds to the public. It provides over 439 unique varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. You can order a catalogue on-line. This is also a great resource if you want to create your own seed-bank.
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Sustainable agriculture improves the soil and the natural environment. It avoids chemical herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and synthetic fertilizers. It also avoids use of treated seeds. This is a site of an education and research institute to help farmers move from traditional to sustainable agriculture practices. Has some good on-line articles on building up the soil.
This site allows a Search of its archives Information on Sustainable Agriculture Aquaculture Biodynamics Composting and more.
A BioDynamic Farm Book
Goes one step beyond organic agriculture be experimenting with agriculture principles that actually heal the earth's systems. Based on the work of Rudolph Steiner. This site contains a collection of materials about the subject.
Welcome to the Beekeepers Homepage
Research Methods Organizations Resources etc.
Integrated Pest Management at Iowa
Pointers to: Integrated Crop Management Newsletter Horticulture and Home Pest News Iowa Insect Information Notes Weed Management Iowa State University Extension Upcoming Field Days Entomology Index of Internet Resources Corn Rootworm Home Page European Corn Borer Home Page IPM projects in the North Central States.
Horticulture and Home Pest News
This site provides an index on back issues of this publication. Topics include: General Horticulture House Plants Insects (Home and Garden) Outdoor Plants Plant Diseases Small Fruits Trees and Shrubs Tree Fruits Turfgrass Vegetables. You can also search Horticulture and Home Pest News articles from 1992 to the present.
Insects and Weeds on the Web
Many great resources with information on how to control pests and weeds organically. Some sites have photos of pests to help identify them.
This site advertises an electronic device you insert in the ground. The product emits a frequency that ground burrowing rodents can not tolerate.
An online directory of new and used farm equipment, machinery and supplies for sale. Stronger classifieds in the Midwest than in the rest of the country.
Resource Guide for Straw-Bale Construction
Site for building homes using straw bales for insulation and load-bearing walls. Pointers to Individual and Organizations Bibliographies Internet Resources Events Historic Structures Utah Straw Bale Structures The Gallery Out on Bale. Information on how to mix with solar power.
Organizations with Rural Interests
A long list of sites in the US and Canada that provide resources for rural developers. Just click and away you go.
Cooperative State Research Education
& Extension Service Home Page
A lot of information here. Pointers to: What's New Welcome Message from the Administrator Mission and Program Area Descriptions About the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service Cooperative Partners in Research, Education, and Extension News and Current Events For Your Convenience.
Rural Economic and Community Development,
This is the server for the Rural Development agencies of the US Department of Agriculture. The agencies are the Rural Utilities Service, the Rural Business Service and the Rural Housing Service. The purpose of this site is to provide access to the informational resources of these agencies. Pointers to: Rural Development Programs and Assistance Development Ideas That Work National Rural Development Partnership National Rural Development Partnership AmeriCorps Rural Development Regulations State-by State Office Listings Online Issue Discussion Groups 1996 Farm Bill: Rural Highlights Water 2000 Initiative Rural Development Employment Opportunities. The site also includes leads to other rural development servers and sites.
Links to sites covering the following topics: Growing Crops ( 8 ) Crop husbandry ( 8 ) Crop disease, weeds, pests & problems ( 9 ) Livestock ( 8 ) Agri-business ( 7 ) Gardens & garden plants ( 4 ) Green issues ( 7 ) Wild Flora & Fauna ( 10 ) Landscapes and views ( 10 ) Local contacts ( 5 ).
US Census of Agriculture: 1982,
Search agricultural information at the state, county or zip code level. Contains information on crop acreage and quantities harvested, inventories of livestock and poultry, value of products sold, land use and ownership, irrigation activities, amount of commodity credit loans, number of hired laborers, federal program payments, and operator characteristics. Selected operators provide additional information on production expenses (including interest), fertilizer and chemical use, machinery and equipment, market value of land and buildings, and income from farm-related sources.
State and local governments and farm organizations use census data to
analyze and develop policies on land use, water use and irrigation, rural
development, and farmland assessments.
USDA Economic Research Service
Reports, statistics and links on rural economic activity.
Agricultural Trade and Marketing
The ATMIC serves as a clearinghouse of information resources and/or as an information broker in many aspects of agricultural marketing and trade.
Alternative Farming Systems Information
This is the one for information on sustainable agriculture and organic farming.
Animal Welfare Information Center
Animal Legislation & Policies Bibliographies Newsletters
Aquaculture Information Center
Clearinghouse on aquaculture. Directories and contact lists Publications Links to aquaculture information.
Biotechnology Information Center
Links to Ag Biotech-related WWW homepages and Gophers Bibliographies and Resource Guides Biotechnology Education Resources Biotechnology News & Newsletters Biotechnology Patents Selected full-text patents and links to other patent resources Biotechnology Software for downloading or previewing Bioremediation Resources - Documents and links and more.
Food and Nutrition Information Center
Dietary guidelines Healthy eating index Publications Health school meals Food service management Food labeling education Foodborne illnesses WIC materials Other nutrition sites Menus and recipes. Dgeetyet?
Plant Genome Data and Information
Plant, insect and animal genome mapping. Highly technical.
Rural Information Center
This is a big one for rural revitalization. Pointers to Economic revitalization Local government planning Rural health Funding sources Technical assistance programs Research studies Tourism Recycling Community development strategies.
Rural Information Center Health
Collects and disseminates information on rural health issues. Links to Office of Rural Health Policy Funding sources Conferences Publications Research centers Organizations Links.
Technology Transfer Information
This center promotes rapid conversion of federally-developed inventions into commercial products by getting the results of research into the hands of individuals and organizations who can put it to practical use.
Water Quality Information Center
Access to the largest store of information on water and agriculture.
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