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Other Sustainable Efforts on Farms Big and Small. Diversified crops Diversified animal operations Smart water use Low and no till Wind power Solar power Biofuel production Animal digesters Bio diesel Ethanol Grass Pellets.

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other sustainable efforts on farms big and small
Other Sustainable Efforts on Farms Big and Small
  • Diversified crops
  • Diversified animal operations
  • Smart water use
  • Low and no till
  • Wind power
  • Solar power
  • Biofuel production
    • Animal digesters
    • Bio diesel
    • Ethanol
    • Grass Pellets

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Bulletins/Clean-Energy-Farming/Text-Version/First-Steps

diversified crops and livestock
Diversified Crops and Livestock
  • Choosing more specialized grains and growing different crops in different years builds soil, reduces pests and increases revenue
    • Millet, buckwheat, amaranth, canola, sunflower, sesame, flax, legumes and alfalfa
  • Cover crops
  • Introducing animals
  • Agroforestry

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Bulletins/Diversifying-Cropping-Systems/Text-Version/Profiles/Diversified-North-Dakotan-Works-With-Mother-Nature

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Bulletins/Diversifying-Cropping-Systems/Text-Version/Profiles/Profitable-Pecans-Worth-the-Wait-in-Missouri-Alley-Cropping-Systems

smart water use
Smart water use
  • Groundwater volume is on the decline in many regions of the country
  • Using drought tolerant crops reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation.
  • Example is replacing corn with sorghum

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/10/31/231509864/heat-drought-draw-farmers-back-to-sorghum-the-camel-of-crops

wind and solar energy
Wind and Solar energy
  • Helps farmers offset costs
  • Increase self-reliance

http://www.vindy.com/news/2008/sep/03/with-the-help-of-solar-technology-farmer/