the farmer's wife

National Resource List

The following is a resource list of national organizations which deal with issues related to rural life and communities, farming, family farms and family issues. It was prepared by the Independent Television Service for use with the program "The Farmer's Wife." This is not an exhaustive list; please contact a national listing and ask for a local resource if that would better suit your needs. There is also a complete state-by-state resource guide available through ITVS. Send your E-mail request here.

AgrAbility Project
Carol Maus
Easter Seals
700 13th St. NW, Suite 200
Washington DC 20005
Fax: 202-737-7914

Information about state programs that promote success in agriculture for people with disabilities

American Association of Community Colleges
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036
fax 202-833-2467

AACC can provide information on community colleges in general, as well as information on how to reach specific community colleges, in addition to answering questions about a community college education.

Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association
P.O. Box 29135
San Francisco CA 94129-0135
Fax: 415-561-7796

Information, resource catalogs, educational and research programs, referrals

Center for Rural Affairs
Chuck Hassebrock
P.O. Box 406
Walthill NE 68067
Fax: 402-846-5351

Information clearinghouse, policy and issue research on agricultural and rural issues

Children's Defense Fund--Children's Health Insurance Program
25 E Street NW
Washington DC 20001
Fax: 202-662-3560

Provides referrals for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which helps states cover uninsured children in low-wage, working families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private coverage; individual states that currently are participating are listed under that state's heading in this directory.

Community Food Security Coalition
P.O. Box 209
Venice CA 90294
Fax: 310-822-1440

The Coalition acts as a resource center and clearinghouse for information related to food and agricultural projects; serves as a think-tank on food security issues; produces publications and guidebooks; provides training and technical assistance services to community groups; and is a policy advocate on the federal level.

Community Supported Agriculture Info Line

Referrals to local community supported agricultural programs (CSA's).

Farm Aid
334 Broadway, Suite 1
Cambridge MA 02139
Fax: 617-354-6992

Thousands of farm families, just like the Buschkoetters, are still struggling to survive the economic crisis which has gripped rural America. With low commodity prices, unfair trade practices, misguided national policy and the spread of factory farms, family farmers continue to lose their farms at disturbing rates. In response, since 1985 Farm Aid has distributed $14.5 million to over 100 farm organizations in 44 states.

Farm Safety 4 Just Kids
P.O. Box 458
110 S. Chestnut Ave.
Earlham IA 50072-0458
Fax: 515-758-2517

Works to prevent farm-related childhood injuries, health risks and fatalities; referrals to local chapter

Farmers Legal Action Group (FLAG)
46 East 4th Street , #1301
St. Paul MN 55101
Fax: 612-223-5335

FLAG is a nonprofit law center dedicated to keeping family farmers on the land. FLAG provides legal services to financially distressed farmers and their advocates and attorneys nationwide by providing legal education, backup support, impact litigation and legislative and administrative technical assistance services.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
2015 1st Ave. S.
Minneapolis MN 55404
Fax: 612-870-4846

The IATP, a research and educational organization, strives to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities and regions through sound agricultural and trade policy; it assists public interest organizations in influencing policy making by monitoring, analysis, and research; education and outreach; training and technical assistance; coalition building and international networking.

USDA Cooperative Extension Service
Stop 2225, Room 3440-S
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington DC 20250-2225
Fax: 202-690-2469

Provides information about and referrals to the over 100 local cooperative extension services which in turn offer educational programs for youth and adults including 4-H, office consultation and farm visits for agricultural issues, and family and consumer science programs.

National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
P.O. Box 396
Pine Bush NY 12566
Fax: 914-744-8477

Policy development from grassroots network organization, advocacy, organization and mobilization to foster sustainable agricultural systems, information clearinghouse, referral to local organizations.

National Catholic Rural Life Conference
4625 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines IA 50310-2199
Fax: 515-270-9447

The NCRLC is a membership organization grounded in a spiritual tradition which brings together the Church, care for creation and care for community, fostering programs of direct service and systematic change. As an educator in the faith, the NCRLC seeks to relate religion to the rural world; develops support services for rural pastoral ministers, serves as a prophetic voice and as a catalyst and convenor for social change.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

24-hour hotline for referral to local shelters, information clearinghouse; translators available

National Family Farm Coalition
110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 307
Washington DC 20002
Fax: 202-543-0978

Currently consisting of 33 farm, resource conservation and rural advocacy groups from 33 states, NFFC brings together farmers and others to organize national projects focused on preserving and strengthening family farms. NFFC's Credit Task Force works directly with family farmers in their efforts to gain access to USDA programs and to promote fairer credit policies at the federal level.

National Farmers Organization
2505 Elwood Avenue
Ames IA 50010
Fax: 515-292-7106

Information on agricultural commodity marketing, referrals to state chapters

National Farmers Union
11900 E. Cornell Ave.
Aurora CO 80014-3194
Fax: 303-368-1390

Referrals to state Farmers Union organizations; NFU activities include educational programs, legislative activities, and providing know-how for the formation and furtherance of member-owned and -operated cooperatives.

Self Help Resource and Exchange Program (SHARE)

National toll free information line for local services in 24 states. This service is available to anyone regardless of income level; it provides a monthly, basic, affordable, supplemental food package.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
2210 East Highland Avenue, Suite 106
San Bernadino CA 92404
Fax: 909-863-9986

Weekend programs to strengthen marriages


This guide was created for use with the program "The Farmer's Wife," a
co-production of David Sutherland Productions,Inc. and FRONTLINE in association
with the Independent Television Service (ITVS).

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