This website and the second edition of “The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing” are supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Risk Management Agency and Agricultural Marketing Service.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Funding has also been provided by the Farm Credit System to research retail agriculture issues, which facilitated development of much of the content with the Guide.

USDA Risk Management Agency
Risk Management Agency“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 administers regional Risk Management Education Centers that provide funds to those with the expertise to develop and deliver risk mitigation educational materials to producers.

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
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.”

Support for direct marketing comes from research funding, education, collaboration, maintenance of a national database of information and research, and a searchable inventory of farmer’s markets across the county.

The original guide, published in 1999, is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education and Extenision Service, under Grant # 97-COOP-2-4346 and Special Project # 06715 (subcontract LWF Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program, of the North Centeral Region.