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 http://www.agmrc.org/agmrc/default.html
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 http://agalternatives.aers.psu.edu/
Publications on a wide variety of agriculture alternatives.
AgriSeek Ag Marketplace http://www.agriseek.com/
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 http://www.farmland.org
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 http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/fpcreports/1/
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 http://www.ecoliteracy.org
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 http://www.climateandfarming.org/
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 http://www.caff.org
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 http://www.foodsecurity.org
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.
The EliteFarmer.com 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 http://www.foodroutes.org
Take action with a "Buy Local" campaign, download marketing materials, and more.
FoodMAP (Food Marketing and Processing) http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/foodmap/
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.
ForFarmers.com 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 http://localharvest.org
Find CSA programs and local farmers nationwide.
National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs http://www.nafmnp.org/index.aspx
A national organization that cultivates opportunities for consumers to buy fresh produce from local growers.
National Farmers Union http://www.nfu.org
To protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers and their rural communities.
National GAP Program http://www.gaps.cornell.edu/index.html
Food safety through Good Agricultural Practice.
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service http://www.attra.org/
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 - http://attra.ncat.org/organic.html
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 -http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/PDF/poultrytoolbox.pdf
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 - http://attra.ncat.org/marketing.html
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 http://www.nichepork.org/
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 http://www.nesawg.org/
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 http://www.ofrf.org
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 http://www.foodsafetyworkinggroup.gov/
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 http://www.pma.com
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 http://www.slowfoodusa.org
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 http://www.sne.org/
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 http://www.ssawg.org
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 http://www.fda.gov/downloads/ForIndustry/SmallBusinessAssistance/SmallBusinessGuidetoFDA/UCM081030.pdf
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 http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/new_farm
The NewFarm.org 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." NewFarm.org presents expert resources for crop and livestock production, direct marketing, local food systems, policy campaigns and community-building collaborations.
The Rodale Institute http://www.rodaleinstitute.org
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 http://www.ruralco.org
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) - http://www.supermarketcoop.com
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 http://www.thefoodtimes.com/
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 http://www.usmef.org
United States Meat Export Federation
Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development http://www.caed.uga.edu
The Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED) has economists and business specialists with skills and knowledge to add value to Georgia's agricultural economy and help individuals succeed in agribusiness.
Georgia Agribusiness Council http://www.ga-agribusiness.org/
The Georgia Agribusiness Council mission is "To Advance the Business of Agriculture and Promote Environmental Stewardship to Enhance the Quality of Life for All Georgians."
Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Cotton http://www.georgiacottoncommission.org
The Georgia Cotton Commission is a producer-funded organization located in Perry, Georgia at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter. The Commission began in 1965 and Georgia's cotton growersvote, by referendum, every three years to maintain its operation.
Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission For Peanuts http://www.gapeanuts.com
The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Peanuts was established in 1961 under the Commodities Promotion Act. The Commission conducts programs in the areas of promotion, research and education.
Georgia Cattlemen's Association http://www.gabeef.org
GCA's mission is to unite cattle producers to advance the economic, political and social interests of Georgia's cattle industry.
Georgia Cooperative Development Center http://hosting.caes.uga.edu/gacoop/
The Cooperative Development Center is committed to helping groups in rural Georgia find ways to increase their profits from current and new activities by working together in cooperatives to add value to their products. The Center provides the guidance and consulting necessary to help ensure that these groups become profitable, functioning cooperatives.
Georgia Department of Agriculture http://agr.georgia.gov/
The Georgia Department of Agriculture administers a variety of programs which all have a primary goal - to maintain the state's viable farm industry and protect the consuming public.
Georgia Farm Bureau Federation http://www.gfb.org/
The Georgia Farm Bureau Federation is Georgia's largest and strongest voluntary agricultural organization with over 430,000 member families. It is an independent, non-governmental organization.
Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association http://www.gfvga.org/
The G.F.V.G.A. provides programs and services to its membership designed to increase production efficiencies, provide educational opportunities, promote new markets, monitor legislation, encourage applied research, and improve communications among G.F.V.G.A. members and industry suppliers.
Georgia Made, Georgia Grown Products http://www.GaMadeGaGrownProducts.org
A unique detailed creative industries database, provides a way to search for Georgia's arts-centric businesses: from handmade jewelry to local festivals, pick-your-own farms to performers.
Georgia Milk Producers, Inc. http://www.gamilk.org/
Georgia Milk's main objective is to educate dairymen and governing officials on all issues, such as legislation, environmental regulations, animal health and milk pricing/Federal Orders, affecting Georgia's dairy industry.
Georgia Organics http://www.georgiaorganics.org/
Georgia Organics seeks to redefine a food production system that benefits farmers, consumers and the environment, providing a range of resources to help fulfill this mission.
Georgia Pork Producers Association http://www.gapork.org/
Enhancing opportunities for the success of Georgia pork producers and other industry stakeholders by establishing the pork industry as a consistent and responsible supplier of high quality pork to the domestic and world market.
This website provides a simple system for farmers' markets to move from the traditional booths and tables "flea market" system to a fully coordinated on-line ordering system.