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Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) specializes in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices in support of USDA's effort to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide.

We feature current and historical videos from the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center and others that explore sustainable, organic, natural or alternative agricultural production.

Videos also highlight agricultural funding sources, aquaculture, and beekeeping.   Select a video here...

Searching for farm or research funding?  A variety of Federal, state and local agencies and non-governmental organizations have agricultural funding programs for beginning and experienced farmers, researchers, local governments, and others who meet program qualifications.

Start your search here to explore and research funding options that match your needs, locate reference guides and tools, and identify contacts for assistance.

AFSIC, founded in 1985, is an integral part of the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland. The Center was initiated by NAL librarian, Jayne MacLean, and funded, in part, by USDA's Low-input Sustainable Agriculture (LISA) Program. (The LISA program became the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program in the late 1980s.)

AFSIC was one of the first USDA programs to focus on sustainable and organic agriculture and produced many ground-breaking bibliographies and related reference guides that enabled researchers, educators and producers to access previously difficult-to-find international research, literature and expertise.  More...