USDA Announces Programs to Conserve Sensitive Land and Help Beginning Farmers–
A Farmer’s Guide to Working with Land Trusts – published by the National Young Farmers Coalition
Agroforestry templates from Backyard Abundance in Iowa City provide great beginnings for perennial production for Iowa.
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) – free search engine tool for USDA and peer reviewed agriculture-related research publications.
The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) specializes in information pertaining to sustainable food systems including ecologic pest management, aquaculture, building soil, on-farm renewable energy, and much more. Founded in 1985, AFSIC is perfect for a farmer looking to move towards more sustainable practices with practical guides and tools. Stemming from the program that eventually became Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), AFSIC was one of the first USDA programs to focus on sustainable and organic agriculture.
Organic Roots Collection. Originating from a time before pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, these documents are rich with information on conservation techniques and organic farming. Information about beekeeping, the importance of cover cropping and crop rotation, and early techniques for pest management are available in plenty. These resources are excellent for farmers interested in using century-old techniques to grow more nutritious and less fossil-fuel intensive foods while simultaneously building their soil to increase productivity for future harvests.
Start2Farm.gov includes a database of resources and programs for beginning farmers, including insights into finding financing and services.