Ofbinfo.org: Access the password-protected, members-only website that offers special codes and instructions for accessing the many OFB discounts available, county Farm Bureau and committee contact information, the OFB Policy Book, archives of the OFB Newsletter, and more. (Note: A one-time registration is required with your Farm Bureau membership number. If you need it, send an email to Melissa Armour.) http://www.ofbinfo.org/
OFB on Facebook: Visit OFB at facebook.com/ofbinfo for photos, event promotion, news, and fun stuff.
OFB on Twitter: Follow OFB at @OreFarmBureau
OFB on YouTube: Follow OFB at http://www.youtube.com/OregonFarmBureau
The Voice of Agriculture: Visit the American Farm Bureau Federation’s comprehensive Web site for links to other state Farm Bureaus; the current issue of the national Farm Bureau News; legislative priorities and analysis; AFBF President Bob Stallman’s monthly “Ag Agenda” article; poll results; descriptions of AFBF programs; online brochures; and much more. It’s a great one-stop shop for everything Farm Bureau.
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture offers ag education resources for kids, families, and teachers.
Fbactinsider.org: Geared toward Farm Bureau’s national efforts in the legislative arena, visit this site for issue updates and what you can do to make a difference for agriculture in Washington D.C.
AFBF Issue Backgrounders: For a handy online resource of background information on the myriad issues the Farm Bureau faces, visit this link for succinct descriptions of topics ranging from animal identification to trade sanctions, and clear explanations of how they affect farmers and ranchers, and what’s being done. Reports appear in downloadable .PDF formats.
RuralCommunityBuilding.fb.org: The AFBF Rural Community Building blog a great resource for Farm Bureau members, offering news, strategies, and tips for improving the quality of life in rural areas. You can sign up to receive emailed updates on the right-hand side of the blog.
My American Farm online games: Check out this great website featuring a variety of online games to educate kids about American agriculture. Resources for family and teacher activities too. Organized by the AFBF Foundation for Education.
Start2Farm is a website designed to be a portal of information and resources for beginning farmers. Farm Bureau is a major supporter of this USDA website.
Learn more about agriculture through this OFB Agricultural Glossary of Terms.
Learn more about Oregon’s agriculture’s top commodities from ODA’s “Facts and Figures” brochure.
Census of Agriculture: Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture attempts to contact every agricultural operator in the country for its Census of Agriculture. An interesting tidbit from the most recent census: Half of America’s farms and ranches have Internet access, and nearly 39 percent report using a computer for their farm business. Visit this site to review the data broken down by state, county, and commodity.
Oregon data from last Ag Census
Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation: The purpose of Agriculture in the Classroom is to help young people gain a better understanding of agriculture and its impact on the state’s economy and the public’s daily lives. AITC provides lesson plans, reference materials, and teaching aides to K-12 teachers throughout Oregon. http://aitc.oregonstate.edu
Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences: OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences is educating the next generation of agriculture professionals, provides continuing education opportunities, and conducts important ongoing research that benefits the industry as a whole.
Oregon AgLink: This organization works to promote the sales and marketing of Oregon agriculture commodities, and its Web site offers a listing of where to purchase seasonal food, a harvest calendar, information on “agri-tainment” events, an agri-tourism workbook for farmers, and much more. www.aglink.org
Oregon Association of Nurseries: OAN’s Web site sifts through a mountain of information and weeds out what’s of interest to nursery owners and operators in Oregon. There’s a section geared to members that includes information on chapter contacts, government relations, conventions, research, the theft task force, and more. http://www.oan.org
Oregon Cattlemen’s Association: The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s site includes industry news, updates on legislative initiatives, a photo gallery of cattlemen on the range, and an online OCA shop. http://www.orcattle.com
Oregon Wheat Growers’ League: Besides breaking news briefs on its home page, the OWGL’s site includes market and research information, an online “Wheat Forum” for growers to communicate with one another, the entire issue of the OWGL Magazine, and links to the Wheat and Grain Commissions. http://www.owgl.org
Oregonians for Food & Shelter: Working to protect the rights of natural resource-based businesses in Oregon, Oregonians for Food & Shelter offers an online resource to keep members and interested parties abreast of the organization’s positions, political efforts, and progress on behalf of the industry. http://www.ofsonline.org
OSU Extension Service: The Oregon State University Extension Service engages the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that focus on strengthening communities and economies, sustaining natural resources, and promoting healthy families and individuals. http://extension.oregonstate.edu/
U.S. Department of Agriculture: A visitor-friendly Web site, USDA’s online resource is clearly organized into categories, including education and outreach, laws and regulations, and rural and community development. Its easy-to-navigate design helps prevent information overload. http://www.usda.gov
USDA Agriculture Research Service: The in-house research arm of the USDA, this service uses science to find solutions to problems facing the agriculture industry. Check out this site to learn about findings, current research projects, educational resources, news, and events of interest to growers and livestock producers. http://www.ars.usda.gov
USDA Farm Service Agency: The FSA’s main priorities are stabilizing farm income, providing credit to new or disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and helping farm operations recover from the effects of disaster. Its programs include farm loans, price supports, and environmental incentives. http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service: FAS works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products, and this site has information on importing, exporting, and trading. It’s a great source to gain an understanding of American agriculture in the context of the global marketplace.
USDA Economic Research Service: This department focuses on the economics of food, farming, natural resources, and rural communities. The site is broken down into research projects, key topics, a briefing room, publications, data, and news. http://www.ers.usda.gov
USDA National Agricultural Library: A portal into a world of ag-related information, the NAL features descriptions and contact information for a slew of resources, such as the Rural Information Center and Water Quality Information Center. It also has an online catalog and extensive article database. http://www.nal.usda.gov//
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service: There are stats galore about U.S. agriculture on this site, including a statistics database, charts & maps, historical data, and recent research findings. http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Oregon/index.asp