Organizations Committed to Sustainable Agriculture

According to the USDA the term “sustainable agriculture” is defined as: “The practice of agriculture which supports sustained economic profitability, sustained quality and well-being of the environment, efficient use of natural resources, and the overall quality and availability of food and fiber for mankind.” Here are a few organizations helping create sustainable agriculture.

Heifer International
· Who they are: Heifer International (HI) seeks to end poverty and hunger by helping small-scale farmers across the globe become self-sufficient. HI’s programs, which vary from region to region, bring producers the tools, resources, and knowledge they need to gain a reliable income and bring economic prosperity to their communities.
· Their mission: “Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.”
· Location: International; headquarters in Little Rock, Ark.
· Latest project/campaign: Heifer International has several ongoing projects.
· Email and phone: info@heifer.org, 855-948-6437 (general inquiries); media@heifer.org, 501-907-2952 (media inquiries)
· Social media handles: Facebook: @heiferinternational, Twitter: @Heifer
· Director: Pierre Ferrari (CEO and President)
· Date started: 1944
· Major funding: Individual contributions, grants, educational programs, promotional events, and material sales
· Profit or nonprofit: Nonprofit.
· Annual budget: $123,248,927 (IRS Form 990 for 2015).
· Interesting fact about how they are working to improve the food system: Rather than bind impoverished farmers into cycles of dependence through charity, Heifer International creates holistic, community based programs to bring prosperity to the area. To date, HI has worked in 125 countries and helped 25 million families achieve economic independence.

Rodale Institute
· What they do: Rodale Institute promotes organic agriculture through research and community outreach programs. The Institute shares its findings with farmers, scientists, consumers, and policymakers in order to spread awareness of the benefits of sustainable methods of food production.
· Their Mission: “Through organic leadership we improve the health and well-being of people and the planet.”
· Latest project/campaign:
Research Focus Areas:
1. Helping to grow organic agriculture
2. Mitigating and adapting to climate change
3. Improving human health and nutrition
Research Projects:
1. Organic grain cropping – farming systems trial (FST)
2. Organic vegetable cropping – vegetable systems trial (VST)
3. Organic integrated grain cropping and livestock
· Location: USA; headquarters in Kutztown, Penn.
· Email and phone: diana.martin@rodaleinstitute.org (press inquiries), (610) 683-1400 (general inquiries); 610 -683-1443…

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