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Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities


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By Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; George Reistad, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition policy staff

Published: 2008

Updated: October 2014


118 pages

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Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation and Community Development

This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster innovative enterprises in agriculture and forestry in the United States. Specifically, the guide addresses program resources in community development; sustainable land management; and value-added and diversified agriculture and forestry. Thus, it can help farmers, entrepreneurs, community developers, conservationists, and many other individuals, as well as private and public organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit.

The guide can also help USDA and other agency employees become aware and take better advantage of the enormous array of federal programs and resources available to their clients in supporting agricultural and forestry innovations. This edition constitutes the guide's fifth printing and third complete update, incorporating programs from the 2008 Farm Bill.

Table of Contents

Economic Development for Farms, Small Businesses and Communities
Natural Resources Conservation and Management
Nutrition and Consumer Food Access
Organic and Sustainable Farming Practices
Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation
Value Added and Marketing Innovations
A - Z Program Index

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