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Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

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

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities GraphicThis 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. Learn more by reading the detailed Introduction.


The project has been coordinated and edited by Margaret Krome, Teresa Maurer, and Katie Wied, with major contributions from John English, Gini Knight, Kim Kroll, Susan LeVan, Patricia McAleer, Robyn Metzger, Greg Taylor, and Steve Yaddof, and staff with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

Website design and maintenance as well as distribution of hard copies of this guide are conducted by the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology

If English is not your first language, support for your use of this Guide is available in Spanish, Lao and French by calling 1-800-411-3222.

Last Updated July 14, 2011

Please note: Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities is also available for download in PDF format.

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