Professional Associations / Societies

This is a list of professional organizations, societies and communities of practice.

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American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE)

The AAAE serves as an advocate for improvement of teaching and learning in agriculture. It provides a forum to address issues in agricultural education, and provides an approach to identifying, prioritizing, and organizing research in teaching and learning. It also provides opportunities for individual and organizational growth, development, and renewal, and opportunities to communicate the results of research and other scholarly activities. It provides opportunities for collaboration within and outside of agricultural education. Finally, it provides for recruiting, inducting, and mentoring people into the profession.

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

The Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is a not-for-profit association serving the professional interests of members working in agricultural and broadly related fields of applied economics. Members of the AAEA are employed by academic or government institutions, as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of teaching, research, and extension and outreach activities. Their work addresses a broad range of topics such as the economics of agriculture, international and rural development, resources and the environment, food and consumer issues, and agribusiness.

Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS)

Founded in 1987, AFHVS promotes interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the broad areas of agriculture and rural studies. Growing out of W. K. Kellogg Foundation–supported projects to promote interaction between liberal arts and agricultural disciplines, AFHVS provides a continuing link among scholars working in cross-disciplinary studies of food and agriculture. From a base of philosophers, sociologists, and anthropologists, AFHVS has grown to include scientists, scholars, and practitioners in areas ranging from agricultural production and social science to nutrition policy and the humanities.

AFHVS provides a forum for examining the values that underlie various visions of food and agricultural systems, and it offers members the opportunity to meet and discuss programs and research ideas of common interest. AFHVS encourages participation by the growing community of researchers and professionals exploring alternative visions of the food system, including regional food policies, community supported agriculture, and issues of local and global food security.

Association for International Agriculture and Extension Education (AIAEE)

The Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), established in 1984, is a professional organization for agricultural and extension educators who share a common goal of strengthening agricultural and extension education programs and institutions worldwide.

In today's complex and interdependent world, agricultural development must be seen in the broader context of holistic development. Agricultural educators and extensionists worldwide must form partnerships with others. AIAEE provides a forum for professional networks, dialogue, and learning.

American Society of Agricultural Consultants (ASAC)

Founded in 1963, ASAC continues to be a premier organization for agricultural consultants worldwide. It is a nonprofit organization oriented around raising the standards and image of professional agricultural consultants. ASAC members have expertise in many agricultural disciplines, including agricultural food and animal production, farm management, biotechnology, farm management, finance, GPS/GIS systems, environment, sustainability, irrigation and many more.

Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS)

The ASFS was founded in 1985 with the goals of promoting the interdisciplinary study of food and society. It has continued that mission by holding annual meetings; the first was in 1987 and since 1992, the meetings have been held jointly with the Agriculture, Food & Human Values. The organization produces the quarterly journal Food, Culture & Society. The organization honors 5 outstanding scholars with annual awards, including the ASFS Book Award, Belaso Prize for Scholarly Excellence, ASFS Award for Food Studies Pedagogy, Alex McIntosh Graduate Prize, and the Bill Whit Undergraduate Prize.

Community, Local and Regional Food Systems (CLRFS)

The overarching goal of the CLRFS eCoP is to provide resource materials, training opportunities, and collegial interaction for Extension educators, community-based practitioners, and individuals involved in work related to building equitable, health-promoting, resilient, and economically balanced food systems.

Farmers Market Coalition (FMC)

The Farmers Market Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets across the United States so that they can serve as community assets while providing real income opportunities for farmers. The Farmers Market Coalition is driven by three complimentary goals. We call it our triple bottom line. Farmers earn fair prices for the fruits of their labor by selling directly to consumers. Consumers gain access to fresh, nutritious, local produce. Communities regain a figurative “town square,” experiencing the many positive outcomes of foot traffic and animated public space. The mission of FMC is “to strengthen farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities.” 

International Rural Sociology Association (IRSA)

The objectives of the Association are to foster the development of rural sociology, further the application of sociological inquiry to the improvement of the quality of rural life, and provide a mechanism whereby rural sociologists can generate dialogue and useful exchange.

National Farm to School Network (NFSN)

The National Farm to School Network is as an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing, school gardens and food and agriculture education into schools and early care and education settings. National Farm to School Network was launched in 2007 by a collaborative of more than 30 organizations seeking to shape the burgeoning farm to school movement. Initially led by staff from the Community Food Security Coalition and the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. National Farm to School Network is now a project of the Tides Center.

North American Farmers Direct Market Association, farmers inspired (NAFDMA-farmers inspired)

NAFDMA was founded in 1986 and is a membership based non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the farm direct marketing and agritourism industry. We are entrepreneurial farm families who invite customers to visit our farms and experience the food and the fun we create in our effort to sustain our land and livelihood.

Rural Coalition (RC)

The Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural is an alliance of farmers, farmworkers, indigenous, migrant, and working people from the United States, Mexico, Canada, and beyond working together toward a new society that values unity, hope, people, and land. Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural is one of the most grassroots-oriented and culturally-diverse of rural organizations. With over 50 grassroots member organizations we serve as a critical advocacy voice of African-American, American-Indian, Asian-American, Euro-American, Latino, and women farmers, ranchers, farmworkers, and rural communities throughout the U.S. Through our shared efforts, we were able to secure more than 30 sections of policies in the 2008 Farm Bill that provide a seat at the table in agriculture for the producers, farmworkers, and communities we serve.

Rural Sociological Society (RSA)

The RSS is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application, and dissemination of sociological knowledge. The Society seeks to enhance the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment. This website is intended to serve all those interested in rural people and places.

We seek and support a diverse and international membership of academics and practitioners who share our interests in rural people and places.

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA)

The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) promotes and supports the development, application, research, and exchange of best teaching and learning practices in sustainable agriculture education and curricula through communication, training, development, and collaborative activities for teachers and learners. The Association is organized exclusively for education purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.