Below are key organizations of national scope that can provide assistance on a number of issues. Links and contact information are available where relevant. A list of publications on direct farm marketing issues is available in our Library.

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Farm Credit System

Farmers Market Coalition

Growing for Market

NCAT – Sustainable Agriculture Project (Formerly ATTRA-NCAT)

National Agricultural Law Center

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

North American Direct Farm Marketing Association

North American Meat Processors Association

USDA Agencies and Programs

  • Agricultural Marketing Service
  • Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
  • Risk Management Agency
Feature National Resource
AMS Farmer’s Market Inventory

This online tool from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service provides a highly searchable format for locating farmer’s markets across the country.

Users can search by location, products available, or payment accepted. Links to state farmer’s market contacts are also available.

Farm Credit System

  • Farm Credit is a nationwide network of borrower-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations.
  • It provides more than $191 billion in loans, leases, and related services to farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, aquatic producers, timber harvesters, agribusinesses, and agricultural and rural utility cooperatives.

Farmers Market Coalition

  • Seeking to strengthen the capacity of farmers markets to serve farmers, consumers, and communities by providing information and representation at state and federal levels. The coalition promotes the following “triple bottom line.”
  • “Farmers earn fair prices for the fruits of their labor by selling directly to consumers.”
  • “Consumers gain access to fresh, nutritious, local produce.”
  • “Communities regain a figurative “town square,” experiencing the many positive outcomes of foot traffic and animated public space.”

Growing for Market

  • Growing for Market is a monthly magazine about small-scale farming, sustainable agriculture and farm direct marketing.
  • It covers farmers’ markets, farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture, and selling locally to restaurants, supermarkets, natural food stores and florists.
  • It also includes information about growing and selling vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and plants.
  • (800) 307-8949

NCAT – Sustainable Agriculture Project

  • Provides technical assistance through their website, publications and other media.
  • The organization encourages people to call with questions related to sustainable agriculture and will provide answers as promptly as possible.

National Agricultural Law Center – Reading Rooms

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

  • NSAC is “an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.”
  • “NSAC’s vision of agriculture is one where a safe, nutritious, ample, and affordable food supply is produced by a legion of family farmers who make a decent living pursuing their trade, while protecting the environment, and contributing to the strength and stability of their communities.”

North American Direct Farm Marketing Association

  • A trade association dedicated to promoting the direct farm marketing industry.
  • “Members are involved with agritourism, on-farm retail, farmers’ markets, pick your own, consumer-supported agriculture, and direct delivery.”

North American Meat Processing Association (NAMP)

  • A member driven Association of small to medium size North American meat processing and distribution businesses.
  • Works to provide members with a forum for success through education, advocacy, seminars, and access to resources.
  • NAMP publishes “The Meat Buyers Guide,” providing education and information on the subject of meat cuts, with new sections on food safety and nutrition.

USDA Agencies and Programs

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

  • An agency of the USDA, AMS “administers programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber, and specialty crops.”
  • The “Farmers Markets and Direct-to-Consumer Marketing cluster works to improve market access for operators of small and medium-size farms, helping them to compete effectively outside the mass supermarket system and other large wholesale market channels.”
  • Direct marketing support comes in the form of research support and funding, education, collaboration, and maintenance of a national database of information and research.
  • AMS also maintains a searchable inventory of farmer’s markets across the county.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

  • “A USDA-wide effort to carry out President Obama’s commitment to strengthening local and regional food systems.”
  • Provides a list of grants and other funding opportunities for farm producers and others seeking to promote direct farm marketing.
  • The website contains an additional database of resources in the tools page for producers looking to take advantage of local and regional markets.

Risk Management Agency

  • “The role of USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is to help producers manage their business risks through effective, market-based risk management solutions.”
  • “RMA’s mission is to promote, support, and regulate sound risk management solutions to preserve and strengthen the economic stability of America’s agricultural producers.”
  • RMA also administers regional Risk Management Education Centers that provide funds on a competitive basis to those with the expertise to develop and deliver risk mitigation educational materials to producers.

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