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Resources for Farmers

(no particular order)

USDA Rural Development supports rural America's economy and quality of life by offering loans, grants, and loan guarantees for job creation, economic development, and essential services, including housing, healthcare, and infrastructure, with a focus on agricultural effectiveness and community empowerment.

The Quivira Coalition builds soil, biodiversity, and resilience on western working landscapes. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration.

Iowa State Cooperative Extension Services is an educational institution that provides research-based information and resources to support the agricultural sector, including farmers and agribusinesses.

RAFI is a nonprofit organization advocating for fair and equitable food systems, supporting resilient agricultural communities through policy work, market access, and challenging corporate power.

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings.

The St. Croix Environmental Association (S.E.A.) is a grassroots organization established in 1986, dedicated to conserving St. Croix's environment through education, advocacy, and conservation efforts, known for planting over 20,000 trees and leading environmental education in the territory.

The FSA offers a suite of programs for St. Croix's agricultural sector, including dispute mediation, loans for new and established farmers, emergency aid, storage facility financing, grassland conservation, and support for youth projects, aimed at enhancing farm ownership, operations, disaster recovery, and sustainable practices.

The Virgin Islands Farmers Alliance (VIFA) is a non-profit organization serving over 100 members, aiming to be the collective voice and educational resource for both current and future professional farmers in the US Virgin Islands, supporting a wide range of agricultural participants from experienced farmers to advocates and aspiring farmers.

Frederiksted Health Care, Inc. is a not-for-profit primary health care center located in historic Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI, dedicated to serving the health care needs of both residents and visitors.

We Grow Food celebrates a decade of connecting local farmers and vendors to the community through the Bordeaux Farmers' Market, fostering a serene and culturally rich environment that promotes holistic healthy living, with a strong presence of Rastafarian culture.

Sejah Farm of the Virgin Islands, established in 1998 by Dale and Yvette Browne, is dedicated to enhancing local food development, preserving land and water for food sovereignty, and supporting the Virgin Islands' agricultural resurgence through advocacy, education, and sustainable farming practices.

The Island Green Living Association, established in 2004, is a pioneering nonprofit in St. John and the U.S. Virgin Islands, focused on enhancing sustainability and resilience through recycling programs, advocacy for environmental legislation, and educational initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable living practices and food security.

The Virgin Islands Agriculture Business Center, launched by UVI and VI SBDC, aims to bolster agricultural productivity and food sovereignty in the Virgin Islands by offering local farmers and fishers free business education, consulting, and technical assistance to enhance business development in the territory's agricultural and fishery sectors.

NIFA, a USDA agency, advances agricultural science with funding and leadership, aiming to enhance agriculture's long-term viability, improve food safety, nutrition, and energy independence, and support American agriculture's competitiveness through integrated scientific discoveries and partnerships.

The Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (CELL) at the University of the Virgin Islands offers professional development and training to support the agricultural sector's economic prosperity in the Virgin Islands, focusing on leadership, learning, and continuous improvement through accredited programs and partnerships with organizations like the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and the American Management Association (AMA).

This organization advances soil conservation, health, and productivity for farmers through scientific research, conservation practices, and targeted programs aimed at improving equity, sustainability, and access to resources in the agricultural sector.

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers programs that create domestic and international marketing opportunities for U.S. producers of food, fiber, and specialty crops. AMS also provides the agriculture industry with valuable services to ensure the quality and availability of wholesome food for consumers across the country and around the world.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides guidelines and resources to farmers and the agricultural sector to promote sustainable practices, protect natural resources, and ensure compliance with environmental regulations for the enhancement of agricultural productivity and environmental health.

The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture develops, supports, and promotes an economically lucrative agricultural industry in the US Virgin Islands while supporting farmers, consumers, and the environment.

The Department of Property and Procurement provides critical support to the agricultural sector in the Virgin Islands through the efficient procurement of goods and services, management of real estate, and other essential services, ensuring sustainable solutions and value for government operations and stakeholders.

The USVIEDA provides economic development opportunities in the U.S. Virgin Islands to the agricultural sector through tax incentives, financial support, and integrated agency functions, aiming to enhance efficiency and economic growth for farmers and related businesses.

The U.S. Department of Labor offers resources and guidelines for farmers and the agricultural sector on labor standards, occupational safety, wage compliance, and workforce development to ensure fair employment practices and safe working conditions in agriculture.

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) supports the agricultural sector by ensuring the sustainable management of the Virgin Islands' natural and cultural resources, offering streamlined services and permitting processes to promote economic development in harmony with environmental and cultural preservation.

The Alaska Food Policy Council aims to enhance Alaska's food system for greater health, security, and self-reliance by connecting stakeholders, advocating for policy changes, and disseminating information to improve the state's agricultural and food sectors.

Allianza por la Agricultura aims to revolutionize farming in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean by fostering resilient communities and environmentally respectful agricultural practices, supported by a diverse board and various projects focusing on education, community development, and sustainable agriculture.

MarketMaker connects farmers, consumers, buyers and sellers through a large interactive data base. Site includes an interactive mapping system, buy/sell forum, demographic searches. Partnerships include universities, Depts of Ag and NGO’s.

The Hawaiʻi Good Food Alliance is a diverse hui of individuals and organizations who share in the production, aggregation, and distribution of food, and share in the practice of mālama ʻāina to re-build thriving community food systems.

A meeting place and group for farmers, craft people, promoting agriculture as a career and a personal path, for sustainable agriculture and development, bee keeping, food security, food manufacturing, food safety, and best practices, and all things connected to farming and cultivation across the Caribbean region, including the Guyanas and Suriname.

We are a network of Black farmers in the Southeastern United States who are committed to culturally relevant, ancestrally guided, and ecologically sustainable agricultural-based living

Farm Planning Tool from the USDA Caribbean Climate Hub. The Agricultural Planning Tool displays spatial information on environmental characteristics, planning and future climate scenarios for any land in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The data included was collected from various state and federal government agencies.

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