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Please note that these external resources were listed with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and that no endorsement is implied by Purdue University Extension.

Organizations for Funding, Education, Certification, and Community Support

Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association (OEFFA)

  • OEFFA offers memberships to anyone, including people outside of Ohio. Membership benefits include a subscription to their newsletter, free listings in their directory, discounts on products and their events, and more.

Farm Service Agency (FSA)

  • The FSA is an agency of the USDA that can help you with the cost of transitioning to organic, organic certification, buildings, repairs, insurance, field buffers, routine operating expenses, storage and handling equipment, and more.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

  • NRCS is an agency of the USDA that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers while conserving the nation's soil, water, air, and other natural resources.

Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)

  • MOSES is a nonprofit organization that promotes organic and sustainable agriculture by providing education, programming, expertise, and other resources farmers need to succeed.

Organic Grain Resource and Information Network (OGRAIN)

  • OGRAIN is an educational framework for developing organic grain production in the upper Midwest. Resources include field days, annual intensives, a mentorship program, and more.

Your Local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD)

  • SWCDs are local units of government that manage and direct natural resource management programs. If you are based in Indiana, you can use this website to find your local SWCD.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

  • SARE is a grant and education program supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Grants are available to producers, researchers, Extension professionals, and others in the agricultural community.

Organic Farmer Association (OFA)

  • OFA is a membership organization whose purpose is to build and support a farmer-led national organic farmer movement and national policy platform. OFA is sponsored by The Rodale Institute.

Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance (MOFFA)

  • MOFFA offers memberships to those interested in organic and sustainable practices. Membership benefits include discounts on events and publications, creating collaborative change on local food systems, and more.

Hoosier Young Farmer Coalition

  • The Hoosier YFC provides a network where young, beginning, sustainable farmers across Indiana can easily find each other. They offer funded fellowships, programming, and a classifieds board on their site. The Coalition is free to join.

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture

  • ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, which provides information and technical assistance to those involved in sustainable agriculture.

The Land Connection

  • The Land Connection trains farmers in resilient, restorative farming techniques; informs the public about the sources of our food and why that matters; and works to protect and enhance farmland.

eOrganic

  • eOrganic is an organic agriculture community with the mission to foster a research and outreach community, engage farmers and ag professionals through trainings and publications, and more.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

  • NRCS is an agency of the USDA that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers while conserving the nation's soil, water, air, and other natural resources.

Organic Trade Association (OTA)

  • The OTA is a membership-based business association for promoting and protecting organic agriculture and trade through legislative and regulatory advocacy. OTA also sponsors Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS).

Media Publications and Newsletters

The Organic Trader

  • The Organic Trader is a buy/sell classified publication hosted by Organic Valley, a cooperative of farmers committed to growing food sustainably. The Organic Trader can be accessed by anyone, including non-members of the cooperative.

ACRES USA

  • Acres U.S.A. is North America's oldest publisher on production-scale organic and sustainable farming. They publish a monthly magazine and online blog, run an online book/video store, offer audio learning courses and a podcast, and host conferences and events.

The Farmer's Exchange

  • The Farmer's Exchange is a weekly agriculture newspaper serving northern Indiana and southern Michigan. The newspaper also hosts classified display and public sale advertising.

Graze Magazine

  • Graze is a print magazine that is by graziers, for graziers published 10 times a year. They focus on management-intensive rotational grazing and family-scale livestock farms.

Progressive Forage

  • Progressive Forage publishes a free digital and print monthly magazine and e-newsletter. They focus on forage production, harvesting equipment, and market prices.

Growing for Market

  • Growing for Market is a print and digital magazine about growing and direct marketing vegetables and flowers. They also have several free articles and content hosted on the site.

USDA Organic Reports

  • USDA Market News provides price, volume, and other related information for commodities and products that are USDA certified. Previous reports have focused on cotton, dairy, livestock, poultry, grain, specialty crops, and retail.

Idea Farm Network List-Serv

  • The IDEA Network is a group of farmers who want to improve organic practices and make non-organic operations more environmentally sound. The email list provides an online space where members can ask questions and benefit from the knowledge and experience of the group.

WATTAgNet

  • WATTAgNet connects buyers and sellers in the poultry industry through its media channels. They offer market information, magazine subscriptions, videos, webinars, events, resources, and more.

Farming Magazine

  • Farming Magazine is quarterly published magazine written mostly by farmers and gardeners. They focus on the joys of farming well and living well on a small, ecologically-conscious scale.

Stockman's Grass Farmer

  • The Stockman Grass Farmer is a print and digital magazine devoted to grassland agriculture. They focus entirely upon management-intensive grazing.

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