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Sustainability. November 6 , 2013. Exploring Sustainability in Agriculture. USDA publication from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program ( www.sare.org ). Primary Goals of Sustainable Ag. Providing a more profitable farm income

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sustainability

Sustainability

November 6, 2013

exploring sustainability in agriculture
Exploring Sustainability in Agriculture
  • USDA publication from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program (www.sare.org)
primary goals of sustainable ag
Primary Goals of Sustainable Ag
  • Providing a more profitable farm income
  • Promoting environmental stewardship, including:
    • Protecting and improving soil quality
    • Reducing dependence on non-renewable resources (fuel and synthetic fertilizer)
    • Minimizing adverse impacts on safety, wildlife, water quality, and other environmental resources
strategies
Strategies
  • No single practice works on every field
  • No one recipe works on every farm
  • We will explore how some people are trying to achieve sustainability
elements of sustainability
Elements of Sustainability
  • Integrated pest management (IPM)
  • Rotational grazing
  • Soil conservation
  • Water quality/wetlands
  • Cover crops
  • Crop/landscape diversity
  • Nutrient management
  • Agroforestry
  • Alternative marketing
usda sare program
USDA SARE program
  • Highlights and Success Stories, www.sare.org/highlights/
    • Success stories and agricultural profiles that highlight diverse sustainable principles practiced coast to coast
  • Funding Opportunities, www.sare.org/grants/
    • Research and Education Grants: primarily for scientists, producers researching new sustainable ag practices
    • Producer Grants
      • Producers conduct research, marketing and demonstration projects and share the results with other farmers and ranchers
      • Typically $1,000 to $15,000
class assignment
Class Assignment
  • Read the article indicated on the assignment sheet
  • Discuss with others that read the same article:
    • Description of the farm
    • Background
    • Profitability
    • Environmental Strategies
    • Community, Outreach, Quality of Life
    • Difficulties in starting a similar farm in Indiana
    • Suggestions for improvements and expansions
  • Closed book; team quiz