Education and Research

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Farmers, researchers, instructors, parents and students can nurture the seeds of sustainable agriculture using knowledge gained from many educational materials, curricula, research and training opportunities. Find subject guides and links related to:

Purdue Collaborative On-Farm Research

Purdue University.

Purdue University identified on-farm research programs, presentations, references and useful Web sites to help researchers plan and work with on-farm research trials.

Photo of a woman from the early 1900's working on a laptop. [I-Stock Intl Inc.] Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

A directory of U.S. institutions and organizations that offer undergraduate and graduate programs, research opportunities, or training in organic, alternative, or sustainable agriculture. Identifies student farms and research and demonstration farms.

2012 Organic Land Grant Assessment (PDF | 1.42 MB)

Organic Farming Research Foundation.

The Organic Farming Research Foundation measured the level of organic activity at Land Grant institutions based on research, education and outreach. Factors included degrees or certificates offered, certified organic land acreage, organic Extension resources, and organic/sustainable college farm operations

Where to Find Sustainable Agriculture Research Online

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Identifies electronic databases from which SARE grant applicants can locate answers to frequently asked questions: Who else is working in my topic area? Has my project been attempted before? Are there related research efforts that I might link with? Where are the best places to look for in-progress and recent research?

Where to Find Full- and Partial-text Research Project Reports and Research-based Literature on the Web

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Identifies free online research project databases, agricultural literature databases, directories, search tips and other tools available to international researchers.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Operates a competitive nationwide research and education grants program and conducts outreach to facilitate improved sustainable farming practices. Produces books, bulletins and other information products for farmers, ranchers and agricultural educators.

Agricultural System Competitiveness and Sustainability

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

This component of the ARS National Program on Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems is a gateway to ARS research dealing with sustainability.


National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Review ATTRA's directory of internships and apprenticeships in sustainable or organic agriculture. Learn about farming sustainably. Discover classroom lessons, on-farm opportunities, training sessions, programs and conferences opportunities.

E-Answers: Your Extension Information Service

American Distance Education Consortium.

Searches over 250,000 resources from Extension Service and Experiment Station staff of more than 50 land grant universities across the U.S. by keyword and region, offering a wealth of objective, practical advice.

Agricultural Research Magazine

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Summarizes research on a broad range of agricultural subjects conducted by the USDA. Agricultural Research Service.