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Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC)


The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) provides research-based resources for nontraditional food-production and crop-management practices to support the USDA's mission to promote a sustainable future and agricultural economic viability for farmers worldwide.

Key Products

Pioneers in Sustainable Agriculture

green trees in background overlooking a yellow notill field of soybeans

Oral history interviews with people who have provided leadership and inspiration in the field of alternative or sustainable agriculture.

Organic Roots Collection

This digital collection aims to harness the information from our agrarian roots to ensure the sustainability and longevity of today’s small farms. 

AFSIC Background

The Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC), founded in 1985, was one of the first USDA programs to focus on sustainable and organic agriculture. 

AFSIC disseminates information across a diverse subject area to a broad audience that includes research scientists, agricultural professionals, and the hobbyist. The Center regularly collaborates with other federal agencies and organizations and serves as a communication hub fostering delivery of relevant data-driven science, tools, and agricultural program information to public stakeholders – ensuring that USDA resources for agricultural equity, resilience, and prosperity are available to all.

Alignment with USDA Research Programs

Contact Us

Online:  Use the library's Ask a Question form.

Phone:  (301) 504-6559

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