Everyone needs help sometimes. For agricultural producers, getting answers to specific production questions can be a challenge, which is why ATTRA (National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service) offers plenty of tools to get you the help you need. Developed and maintained by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) in cooperation with the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, ATTRA has been the nation’s leading resource for information on sustainable agriculture since 1987. From a toll-free number to “text a question,” the ATTRA Ask an Expert service assists U.S. farmers and ranchers, agricultural educators, and farmer-assistance organizations.
Farmers and ranchers on the go now can shoot an email, call the hotline, or text their ag questions without needing to wait until they can get back to the computer. In addition, more than 400 publications are available on the site, including information on reducing farm energy use and costs, enhancing soil with compost and cover crops, promoting food safety, reducing pesticide use on cropland, and more, as well as detailed production guides on individual crops. There are also illustrated publications and resources in Spanish.
Now, where do you start? First, try searching the entire ATTRA site for what you need by using the search function on their homepage. Then check the free publications. If you're still looking, the Question of the Week Archives is a searchable way to access previously answered questions.
If you still can’t find what you need, ask an expert! You will receive a tailored response from a sustainable agriculture expert as soon as possible, by phone, mail, or email.