Appendix D

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) is one of several topic-oriented Information Centers at the National Agricultural Library (NAL). The Library, located in Beltsville, Maryland, is the foremost agricultural library in the world, and is one of four U.S. national libraries along with the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Library of Education. AFSIC is supported, in part, by USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

AFSIC specializes in locating and accessing information related to non-conventional cropping systems including sustainable, organic, low-input, biodynamic, and regenerative agriculture. AFSIC also focuses on alternative crops, new uses for traditional crops, and crops grown for industrial production.

AFSIC staff create and publish Quick Bibliographies (QB), Special Reference Briefs (SRB) and Agri-Topics (AT). These publications focus on specific topics of current interest. Most AFSIC publications are available in ASCII text through this website under "AFSIC Publications". To obtain AFSIC publications on computer diskette, or in hardcopy (limited availability), please make requests by contacting the AFSIC office by phone, mail, or e-mail. A complete list/printable order form of all AFSIC publications and format availability is available under "List of AFSIC Publications".

Books, articles, and videocassettes cited in AFSIC bibliographic publications are not available directly from AFSIC. For information on how to obtain these materials, please read "NAL Document Delivery Information" listed on the AFSIC Homepage.

Specific topics not covered by AFSIC QB’s, SRB’s and AT’s may be addressed, on request, by AFSIC reference staff through brief, complementary database searches.

For further information concerning the services and activities of the Center, contact:

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
National Agricultural Library, Rm 132
10301 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville MD 20705-2351
Telephone: 301/504-6559 or 301/504-5724
FAX: 301/504-6409
TDD/TTY: 301/504-6856
E-mail: (use lower case letters only)

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