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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has helped advance farmingsystems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. Select the Learning Center tab, you will find a complete catalog of Books, which includes Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses. These publications can be downloaded as PDF document at no charge.

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)
The mission of the TDA is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation’s leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives.

Texas Department of State Health Services
The Food and Drug Licensing Group issues licenses, permits and certificates, and is responsible for the collection of the appropriate fees. Access applications and forms for Food and Drug Licensing.

Center for Rural Affairs
The Center for Rural Affairs works to establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA)
Looking for the latest in sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events and funding opportunities? We feature all that, plus in-depth publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA and other federal sustainable ag activities.

Organic Processing Magazine
Business-to-business publication for the organic food, fiber and personal care industries that provides expert insights and shares practical, proven strategies to help the industry successfully manage operations and systems to meet the challenges of this expanding market.

Southwest Farm Press
Southwest Farm Press offers in-depth coverage of the varied, highly productive agriculture of the southwestern states. Editorial encompasses production, management, research and legislative/regulatory issues affecting growers of key cotton, wheat, grain sorghum, rice, peanuts, pecans, soybeans, corn and vegetable/citrus crops and includes features on the region’s producers and agribusiness news.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

USDA Economic Research Service
The Economic Research Service is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With over 350 employees, ERS conducts a research program to inform public and private decision making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development.

USDA: The Census of Agriculture
Results of the 2007 Census of Agriculture were released February 2009 and include Fact Sheets, data comparison by major crops, state and county profiles, the Organic Production Survey and more. The Census of Agriculture is the leading source of facts and figures about American agriculture. Conducted every five years, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the United States.