by Richard Alan Miller ©2002

Agricultural Marketing Advisory Service (AgMAS)
AgMAS tracks the performance of several marketing advisory services. It's a good way to check out advice before you pay for it.

(217) 333-2792

AgRisk Software
Calculating revenue risk is easier with AgRisk, a software package that allows corn, soybean and wheat farmers to sample different strategies to see which works best. Ohio State University distributes AgRisk as freeware. Download it free or send $15 to

AgRisk Project
Department of Agricultural Economics
Ohio State University
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, OH 43210

Commodity Exchange

Chicago Board of Trade
(800) 843-2268
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
(312) 930-1000
Kansas City Board of Trade
(800) 821-5228
MidAmerican Commodity Exchange
(312) 341-3000
Minneapolis Grain Exchange
(612) 321-7101

Commodities Futures Trading Commission
Before enlist a broker to start trading, read "What You Should Know Before You Trade." It outlines the risks of the futures market, how the market works and what to ask a broker before beginning.

(202) 418-5000

Managing Risks and Profits (MRP)
This instructional material and software is designed to combine factors from climate to cash flow into a marketing plan. The regularly updated MRP CD-ROM is available for $25.

223 Ag Administration Building
Ohio State University
2120 Fyffe Road
Columbus, OH 43081
Attn: Dean Baldwin

or as a book from

Midwest Plan Service
122 Davidson Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

National Ag Risk Education Library
If you don't know where to start, make this virtual library your first stop. After visit the price risk section, explore the rest of the library for help with the other risks you face. Hosted by the University of Minnesota

Fill in the blanks and the computer does the math. If you need to know cost of production, learn margin accounting or learn the basics of futures and options, download a spreadsheet.

USDA Risk Management Agency Web Site Publications
Browse titles listed in the "Publications" section of the Risk Management Agency Web site or ask your local Extension Service for "Building a Risk Management Plan, Introduction to Risk Management," and other publications on marketing. Requests can be made by letter or fax.
KSA-KCMO Warehouse
9420 Troost Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64131
(816) 363-1762
(816) 363-1762 (fax)

What's Shaping the Markets
The University of Nebraska's Institute of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources will offer this one-hour online marketing program every week starting 01-12-00

(800) 755-7765


Retail Florists’ Comprehensive Resource for Products and Information
Florists’ Review Enterprises, Inc.
P.O.Box 4368
Topeka, KS 66604

DCI Catalog
Drugs and Cosmetic Industry Edgell Communications, Inc.
7500 Old Oak Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44130

OPD Chemical Buyers Directory
Chemical Marketing Reporter
Schnell Publishing Co., Inc.
80 Broad Street
New York, NY 10004

CEC 99
Chemical Equipment Directory Issue
Cahners Business Information
301 Gibraltar Drive, Box 650
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

The Schnell Red Book of Chemical Services
Schnell Publishing Company, Inc.
P.O.Box 5034
Brentwood, TN 37024

The American Journal of Natural Medicine
IMPAKT Communications, Inc.
POBox 12496
Green Bay, WI 54307

OSU Extension Service
Blue Mountains Renewable Resources Newsletter
10507 N. McAlister Road
LaGrande, OR 97850

Membership Directory
Produce Marketing Association
POBox 6036
Newark, DE 19714

Annual Buyers Guide
Florists’ Review Enterprises, Inc.
3641 SW Plass
Topeka, KS 66611

Purchasing Guide
Health Foods Business
PTN Publishing Company
445 Broad Hollow Road
Melville, NY 11747

Annual Specialty Food Industry Directory
Food Distribution Magazine
DLM Enterprises, Inc.
POBox 4607
Clearwater,. FL 34618

Pharmaceutical Processing Buying Guide
Cahners Business Information
301 Gibralter Drive, Box 650
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

The Organic Pages
North American Resource Directory
Organic Trade Association
P.O.Box 1078
Greenfield, MA 01302

Find It Fast, Robert Berkman, c1997
ISBN 0-06-273473-3
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
10 E. 53rd St.
New York, NY 10022

California Certified Organic Farmers
CCOF Membership Directory
1115 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(888) 423-2263

Directory of Flower and Herb Buyers
Jeffrey Goettemoeller, Editor
Prairie Oak Seeds
POBox 382
Maryville, MO 64468

Meister Publishing Company
37733 Euclid Ave.
Willoughby, OH 44094
[Ag Consultant, American/Western Fruit Grower, Greenhouse Grower, Ornamental Outlook, Weed Control Manual, Plant Health Guide – annuals]

ITC - International Trade Centre
Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10
Markets for Selected Medicinal Plants and their Derivatives
Markets for Selected Essential Oils and Oleoresins
Medicinal/Aromatic Plants and Plant Extracts in the F.R. of Germany
Spices: A Survey of the World Market

1992 National directory of Organic Wholesalers
California Action Network
POBox 464
Davis, CA 95617
(916) 756-8518

1995-6 Holistic Health Directory
New Age Journal
New Age Publishing, Inc.
42 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02172

1998-9 Buyer’s Guide Issue
Health Supplement Retailer
Virgo Publishing
3300 N. Central Ave. Suite 2500
Phoenix, AZ 85012

From The Field, Wholesale Price Guide, Fall/Winter 1995-6
AmeriHerb, Inc.
POBox 1968
Ames, IA 50010
(800) 267-6141

Organic Agriculture Worldwide
1998/99 IFOAM Directory
(of the member organizations and associates)
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
IFOAM Head Office
Okozentrum Imsbach
D-66636 Tholey-Theley
+49-6853-30110 (fax)

Small Farm Center
Attn: Susan McCue, Newsletter Editor
“Small Farm News”
University of California
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-8136
(530) 752-7716 (fax)

“Journal of Essential Oil Research”
Allured Publishing Corp.
362 S. Schmale Road
Carol Stream, IL 60188


Agricultural Fact Book 1998 ---
Gives basic facts on U.S. agriculture, including its structure, the farm sector and rural America. Gives an overview of USDA and description of its programs.

Agrinet ---
Developed by the Texas A& M University Agricultural Program, this site provides a single starting point to all agricultural resources on the Internet. It's objective is to promote agribusiness and enhance agricultural product marketing and research.

Census of Agriculture ---
Provides a complete picture of the agricultural sector in the U.S. economy by county, state or zip code.

Center for Sustainable Agriculture Systems (CSAS) ---
An interdisciplinary center formed in 1991 for the purpose of bringing together people and resources to promote an agriculture that is efficient, competitive, profitable, environmentally and socially sustainable for the indefinite future.

Small Farm Program ---
The Small Farm Program at the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) agency within USDA is committed to meeting the needs of the small farm communities. Its mission is to improve small farm income levels and the economic viability of the small farm enterprises through partnerships with the land grant system, public and private sectors by encouraging research, extension and education programs that meet the specific needs of small farmers. Also includes a link to current issues of their Small Farm Digest newsletter.


Guides, Publications, Libraries, Information, etc.

Agricultural Fact Book 1998 ---
Gives basic facts on U.S. agriculture, including its structure, the farm sector and rural America. Gives an overview of USDA and description of its programs.

Carroll Publishing ---
Federal, state and local government information. Also links to county and municipal areas.

Communications for a Sustainable Future ---
Computer networking to enhance communications, with the objective of working through disparate views and ideologies to secure a more promising future.

ERS Electronic Publications ---
Include periodicals, research reports, statistical bulletins, and other monographs.

Federal Bulletin Board ---
Provides access to information from the White House and Executive Branch agencies (includes independent agencies) to the public.

Funding Resources ---
Links to financial resources on the Internet.

Government Information Exchange ---
Links to Federal, state and local government information. Also foreign/international information. Maintained by GSA's Federal Telecommunications Service.

Government On-line --- -currently not available
Provides government executives with summary information about successful programs and the ability to learn more in specific areas of interest.

Grants Web ---
Links to government resources, general resources, private funding resources and policy information.

Map References ---
Links to maps in the U.S.--national, state, city and regional. Also world maps, foreign countries as well as geographic references and library and book information.

National Agricultural Library (NAL) ---
Part of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The library is a major source for agriculture and related issues.

Participatory Action Research Network ---
Maintained by Cornell University, PARnet is a centralized gateway to online resources: for access to method descriptions, for research support, and for general news and information.

Rural Information Center ---
Provides information and referral services to local government officials, community organizations, health professional organizations, rural telephone and electric cooperatives, libraries, businesses and rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas.

Rural Information Resources ---
This site has links to other rural resources on a variety of topics-including federal information, business, education, funding, health, job training, welfare and others.

The Civic Network ---
An evolving collection of online resources dedicated to supporting civic life and citizen participation. The Civic Network is a project of the Center for Civic Networking.

U.S. State and Local Gateway ---
A one-stop web site of Federal information for state and local governments. The Gateway was developed by Federal agencies and associations representing sate and local officials and employees in collaboration with Vice President Gore's National Performance Review.

White House Electronic Publications ---
Public access to documents, including transcripts of the President's speeches and press conferences, press briefings, policy statements, fact sheets and announcements of nominations.

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