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Commercial Horticulture

Flowering plants at Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, North Carolina

Census of Horticulture Specialties
USDA. National Agricultural Statistics Service. Gathers information to shape decisions regarding farm policy, funding availability, research and development and other key issues. Provides the only comprehensive, detailed picture of U.S. floriculture, nursery and specialty crop operations.

Publications: List of Alternative Crops and Enterprises for Small Farm Diversification
USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center. Lists alternative field crops, specialty and ethnic vegetables, fruits and nuts, horticulture/nursery crops, and agroforestry/forestry products.

Agricultural Research Service National Programs
USDA. Agricultural Research Service. Brings coordination, communication, and empowerment to 800 research projects carried out by ARS. Focusing on the relevance, impact, and quality of ARS research.

Crop and Livestock Insurance
United States Department of Agriculture. Organizes information about USDA insurance programs for America's farmers and ranchers. Includes insurance calculators, local office locators, fact sheets and program overview.

Disaster and Drought Information
United States Department of Agriculture. Lists USDA assistance programs for America's farmers resulting from drought, flood, fire, freeze, tornadoes, pest infestation, and other calamities.

USDA AMS Grades and Standards for Fruits and USDA AMS Grades and Standards for Vegetables
USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service. Provides grades and standards information for producers of fruits and vegetable crops. Includes inspection instructions, visual aids, and grades and procurement of USDA fruits and vegetables.

Farm Loan Programs
USDA. Farm Service Agency. Describes all the USDA-sponsored farm loan programs which can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seeds and other inputs, buildings, and other farm improvements.

Fruit & Tree Nuts
USDA. Economic Research Service. Contains data and analysis of U.S. supply, demand, prices, and trade for fresh, and processing fruit, and tree nuts.

Grading, Certification and Verification
USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service. Brings together various tools for grading, certification, auditing, inspection, and laboratory analysis that help promote and communicate quality, and wholesomeness to consumers.

Vegetables & Pulses
USDA. Economic Research Service. Provides economic analyses and data on vegetables and pulses for the fresh market and for processing use.

Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center
University of California. Department of Plant Sciences. Covers insects and diseases, irrigation and nutrition, organic production, pesticides and alternatives, weather, soil, and more. Identifies research-based information about extension activities in planting, growing and harvesting fruits and nuts.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. Provides high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.

California Sustainable Winegrowing Program
California Sustainable Winegrowing Program. Verifies, by a third-party auditor, that a winery or vineyard implements sustainable practices. Arranges information about sustainable practices for wine grape growers, including workbooks and workshops.