Are there related research efforts that I might link with?
Where are the best places to look for in-progress and recent research?
We can assist when you conduct literature reviews and background research for
your grant proposal. Contact us at:
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
National Agricultural Library U.S. Department of Agriculture
10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 132 Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
(301) 504-6559; fax: (301) 504-6927
E-mail AFSIC http://afsic.nal.usda.gov
Putting Together a Grant Proposal: A Follow Up Activity of Ensuring the South's
Farm and Forestland Protection Workshops
Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, sample proposal http://www.kerrcenter.com/train_trainer.pdf (PDF|81 KB)
Select each of the links below to start an automated search of NAL's AGRICOLA
database that will retrieve a list of materials about on-farm research. [Note: there may be a short delay while the search is processing.]
AGRICOLA contains two bibliographic data sets that, together, represent the
Library's collection. The Online Public Access Catalog,
or “NAL Catalog,” contains citations to books,
audiovisual materials, serial publications, and other materials. The
Article Citation Database, known as “Journal
Articles” includes citations, many with abstracts, to journal
articles, book chapters, reports, and reprints. AGRICOLA does include some
bibliographic records for items cataloged by other libraries and not owned
by NAL. The Library's Document Delivery Services Branch provides information on
how to obtain materials.
On-Farm Research Guide
by Jane Sooby
Organic Farming Research Foundation
This guide provides an overview of on-farm research using the scientific method:
“formulating a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis with experimentation, and drawing a conclusion based on the data.” http://ofrf.org/grants/on-farm_research_guide.pdf (PDF|93 KB)
Put Your Ideas to the Test: How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch
Sustainable Agriculture Network, updated 2004.
This 12-page bulletin outlines how to conduct research on a farm or ranch.
Describes real-life examples and gives practical tips for both crop and livestock
producers. A compresensive list of more in-depth resources describes on-farm
research bulletins and reports, farmer or researcher networks, and resources
for market research. http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Bulletins/How-to-Conduct-Research-on-Your-Farm-or-Ranch