What is Sustainable Agriculture? is a 12-page booklet produced by the USDA'S Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program that talks about the variety of methods that farmers and ranchers can use to attain the 3 Pillars of Sustainability.
- Profit over the long term
- Stewardship of our nation’s land, air and water
- Quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities
The booklet also contains success stories of farmers that have used methods such as cover crops and no-till (the farmer saw an increase profit of $14 an acre), raising organic crops and using local processors, composting, and water conservation.
It’s an interesting, short read. As a consumer, I’m encouraged by the success stories and feel I understand a little more about sustainable agriculture now.
The booklet can be downloaded as a pdf from SARE or ordered to be sent as a paper booklet to you at no charge. SARE offers a variety of other publications that are worth a look into.
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