Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration, established in 1953, provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their businesses.
U.S. Census Bureau - Agriculture Publication
The 1997 Census of Agriculture is the first census conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Agricultural statistics are used by government, businesses and other institutions. Federal, state and local agencies use data for planning rural development, extension work and agricultural research. The census is the only source of detailed, complete, consistent agricultural data for each county; it also includes such data for the States and the United States.
United States Department of Agriculture
The USDA serves all Americans--the two percent who farm as well as everyone who eats, wears clothes, lives in a house, or visits a rural area or a national forest.
USDA - Farm Service Agency
FSA administers a myriad of programs—farm loans, farm programs, food aid, conservation incentives, and others—to help keep our nation's farmers and ranchers on their land, and to help those who wish to begin farming and ranching for their livelihoods.
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
A public health regulatory agency of the Department of Agriculture, the FSIS protects consumers by ensuring that meat, poultry and egg products are safe, wholesome and accurately labeled.
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
The service provides standardization, grading and market news services for cotton, dairy, fruit and vegetable, livestock and seed, poultry, and tobacco. They enforce such federal laws as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and the Federal Seed Act. They also oversee marketing agreements and orders, administer research and promotion programs, and purchase commodities for federal food programs.
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
The APHIS mission is an integral part of the Department of Agriculture's efforts to provide the nation with safe and affordable food. Without APHIS protecting America's animal and plant resources from agricultural pests and diseases, threats to our food supply would be quite significant.
USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
The administration facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals, oilseeds and related agricultural products, and promotes fair and competitive trading practices for the overall benefit of consumers and American agriculture. The administration is part of USDA's Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which are working to ensure a productive and competitive global marketplace for U.S. agricultural products.
USDA Forest Service
The Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is a federal agency that manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. The service is also the largest forestry research organization in the world, and provides technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies.
USDA National Peanut Research Laboratory
The National Peanut Research Laboratory mission is to conduct basic and applied research to develop knowledge of the factors affecting the production, harvesting, storage, quality and safety of peanuts. The U.S. peanut industry is in a period of economic and technological change. Research at the laboratory is dedicated to maintaining and improving the competitiveness and quality of U.S. peanuts domestically and internationally.
National Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center
The Ag Center is the "first stop" for information about environmental requirements that affect the agricultural community. The center was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the support of the Department of Agriculture.
Environmental Working Group Farm Subsidy Database
The Farm Subsidy Database Web site tracks over 108 million USDA payments totaling $114 billion.
National Timber Tax Web Site
This Web site was developed to be used by timberland owners, and serve as a reference source for accountants, attorneys, consulting foresters and other professionals who work with timberland owners, by answering specific questions regarding the tax treatment of timber.
National Business Association
The association is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and educating the small business community and the self-employed. The National Business Association monitors legislation in Washington, D.C., and provides updates and information on current issues and trends facing the small business community.
National Small Business Association * formerly National Small Business United
NSBA has been the advocate for small businesses since 1937. With 65,000+ U.S. members through its chapters and affiliate organizations, the association not only keeps small business owners in touch with legislative and regulatory issues that affect them, but this non-partisan advocacy group also seeks to engage the small business community to take action.
National Federation of Independent Business
The federation is the largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals.
Association of Small Business Development Centers
The mission of the association is to represent the collective interest of our members by promoting, informing, supporting and continuously improving the SBDC network, which delivers nationwide educational assistance to strengthen small/medium business management, thereby contributing to the growth of local, state and national economies.
National Association for the Self-Employed
The association was founded in 1981 by a group of small business owners seeking the kinds of benefits and services that were once only available to large corporations.
American Farm Bureau
The bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families. The Farm Bureau is local, county, state, national and international in scope.
U.S. House Committee on Agriculture
The committee’s Web site provides the ability to search for agriculture legislation, news releases and information on subcommittee members.
State and Local Government on the Net
This is a directory of official state, county and city government Web sites.