Information and Resources

Information and Resources

Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory
Penn State University lab provides a wide range of fee-based testing programs for soils, plants, biosolids and other agricultural materials. 814-863-0841;

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA)
ATTRA provides outstanding information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the, 800-346-9140

Eatwild: The Clearinghouse for Information about Pasture-Based Farming features comprehensive, up-to-date, accurate information about grass-fed and organic beef, pork, lamb, bison, dairy products, and poultry. It also features the country’s most extensive list of suppliers of pasture-raised products. PO Box 7321, Tacoma, WA 98417.

An on-line magazine and resouce center by the folks at Rodale. Lots of hands-on information.

Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
OMRI is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to publish and disseminate generic and specific (brandname) lists of materials allowed and prohibited for use in the production, processing, and handling of organic food and fiber. Brand name lists are available at their website., 541-343-7600

Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program and Hotline
A collaboration between Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture aimed at promoting IPM in both agricultural and nonagricultural situations. The IPM Hotline offers growers information on pest infestations affecting their crops: 800-PENN-IPM., 814-865-2839.

Government Agencies

National Organic Program (NOP)
The NOP is a marketing program housed within the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. It does not certify producers, but oversees accreditation of certifying agents., 202-720-3252

Associations and Networks

Buy Fresh, Buy Local/ SE PA
A joint effort of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and the FoodRoutes Network. Provides information on restaurants, farmers’ markets, specialty markets and Community Supported Agriculture farms that supply food from local farmers throughout Pennsylvania. Part of a nationwide “Buy Fresh/Buy Local” effort. Contact Chris Fullerton: PASA – Western Region Office, 650 Smithfield Street, Suite 1160, Pittsburgh PA 15222, 412-246-0990.

Fair Food Project/White Dog Cafe Foundation 
Fosters connections between chefs and specialty-food stores in Philadelphia and farmers in the southeastern Pennsylvania region. 215-386-5211,

Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA)
A resource for organic dairy farmers, organic milk producers and consumers interested in organic dairy farming and products. Among the information offered: NOP Access to Pasture Rule, organic dairy news, northeast events, farmer classifieds, business directory, guidance on transitioning to organic, grazing management and soil health.
30 Keets Rd., Deerfield, MA 01342
Arden Landis, PA State Rep.,, 717-484-0038
Ed Maltby, Executive Director, 413-772-0444

NorthEast Organic Network (NEON)
An innovative consortium of farmers, researchers, extension educators and grassroots nonprofits working together to improve organic farmers’ access to research and technical support., 607-255-1780
Anusuya Rangarajan,

The Organic Trade Association (OTA)
OTA is a membership-based association that encompasses all sectors of the organic industry, from farm to retail. OTA represents the industry’s interests to regulators, policymakers, the media and the public., 413-774-7511,

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)
Non-profit organization working to improve the economic and social prosperity of Pennsylvania food and agriculture. Offers seasonal field-days throughout PA, as well as an outstanding annual conference in, 814-349-9856

Acres U.S.A
A resource for books dealing with organic crop and livestock production. 1-800-355-5313.

AgMap: Pennsylvania’s Online Agricultural Directory
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State University, the AgMap database lists over 3,345 agricultural businesses in Pennsylvania. Looking for locally grown produce, equipment and parts, or businesses serving the ag community? AgMap lets you search for agricultural services and commodities based on location, products and service types. Consumers can find places off the beaten track that offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other products.

Local Harvest
Local Harvest maintains a reliable public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources. Their search engine helps people find local sources of sustainably grown food, and encourages them to establish direct contact with family farms in their local area.