Resources for Women in Agriculture
Websites for Rural Women
Better Rural Places guide contains 82 federal programs offering
funding assistance and advice in agriculture, forestry, conservation,
and rural community development. The publication is a product of US
Department of Agriculture agencies working together for sustainable
rural development in collaboration with The Michael Fields Agricultural
Institute (MFAI) and The National Center for Appropriate Technology
Rural Womyn Zone
is an online resource devoted to connecting and networking rural women
across the United States. Rural Womyn Zone has created several great
resources devoted to creating awareness of the issues rural women face
and the importance of their roles:
List - an online community of rural women that allows rural and
agricultural women to connect across geographical barriers in order
to explore the concept of a "rural women" group
Chat - a chat room for rural women to use as a bulletin board,
and for informal and formal meetings and seminars
List - a list for women who work with programs serving battered
women and rape victims in rural areas, for sharing, networking, and
problem solving around rural sexual and domestic violence
-The Rural Womyn Zone also has an article on violence
against rural women detailing the characteristics of violence
committed against rural women and the social and structural constraints
that perpetuate violence against women. This article points out several
issues that remain largely ignored in rural America.
Extension and Risk Management
Michigan State University has Area
of Expertise Teams that offer specific programs in agriculture.
The AoE teams specialize in agricultural enterprises such as farm management,
sheep, forestry, youth development, dairy, and more.
State University Extension's Emergency Management Web page contains
information on animal and plant inspection services, pest alerts, and
management services, and tips for how to be prepared for natural disasters.
It also contains Spanish publications and a "Hot Topics" section
that offers information about such issues as the West Nile Virus, Exotic
Newcastle Disease, and the Emerald Ash Borer.
Central Risk Management Education Center focuses on empowering the
individual's agricultural strengths and skills through the North Central
region of the US. This site includes a clickable map for relevant agricultural
issues according to state and has an online agricultural risk and specialty
crop library and the FINBIN financial database.
Farming Organizations and Associations
American Farm Bureau:
The American Farm Bureau's mission is to implement policies that are
developed by members and provide programs that will improve the financial
wellbeing and quality of life for farmers and ranchers. Included in
the site is a complete listing of state-based farm bureaus. Michigan
Farm Bureau offers state-based news on agriculture and agricultural
The Farm Labor Organizing
Committee (FLOC) is a union-based organization for agricultural
migrant workers. FLOC has succeeded in obtaining various benefits, creating
safer working conditions, and raising wages for American migrant workers.
The FLOC Website contains discussion of immigrant rights in both English
News and Legislation
Ag Connection, a subsidiary of USAgnet.com,
offers resources to the Michigan agricultural community, including legislative
updates and news relevant to Michigan and the US.
Department of Agriculture, in its dual role of regulator and marketer,
provides Michigan citizens with quality services and information on
agricultural products by working cooperatively with many state, federal,
and local agencies and other organizations, including universities,
colleges, and associations.
The Michigan Farm Radio Network
has served as the voice of Michigan farm families for over 30 years.
Janelle Brose, the station's director, is a graduate of Michigan State
University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and a native
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
The Michigan Organic
Food and Farm Alliance (MOFFA) teaches and advocates that local
organic food systems create the necessary connections between healthy
people, communities, and the earth.
Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) "is a collaborative effort
to create and support more sustainable food and agriculture systems
for producers and consumers in Michigan."
Organic and Sustainable Education Services (MOSES) assists people
in making the transition to a more sustainable organic style of agriculture.
of Michigan is a USDA certified network of organic growers and farmers
with the purpose of providing various resources for those already involved
in or wanting to begin organic growing.
Consumers Association is a grassroots, non-profit public interest
organization which deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial
agriculture, genetic engineering, corporate accountability, and environmental
Searchable Databases and Maps
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center has compiled a nationwide
searchable database to the country's CSAs.
The US Department of Agriculture has created a nationwide database
Farmers' Markets, searchable by state.