|| National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service - ATTRA
Agriculture, Individual Choices, Statewide/Global
||sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture
Minnesota Statewide, Outside Minnesota
|| The excellent ATTRA web site and service provides information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture.
ATTRA is an excellent web site and service that provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States. Their assistance is available through the web site below or by toll-free call at 800/346-9140.
Launched in 1987, ATTRA is funded by the USDA and managed by the nonprofit National Center for Appropriate Technology (http://www.ncat.org/), which has a goal of "helping people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty, promote healthy communities, and protect natural resources."
ATTRA's web site contains a broad library of downloadable publications as well as links to other useful resources organized into the following sections:
* What is Sustainable Agriculture?
* Horticultural Crops
* Field Crops
* Soils and Compost
* Farm Start-Up
* Energy Alternatives
* Water Management
* Pest Management
* Organic Farming
* Livestock and Pasture
* Marketing, Business and Risk Management
* Other Resources
The site also includes sections on Learning Opportunities, a Calendar of Events, and offers four free e-newsletters on sustainable agriculture (including the Weekly Harvest and ATTRAnews).
Note: a more local resource for information on organic agriculture is the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). MOSES provides a diverse menu of free and affordable resources for farmers interested in learning more about organic farming, including a Resource Directorym Organic Fact Sheets, and an Organic Info Line at 1-888-551-GROW (4769). See
http://www.mosesorganic.org/resources.html to learn more about MOSES.