Researchers at New Mexico State University show the link between cover crops and soil health in hot, dry, semiarid climates.
Sustainable Agriculture in the College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences aims to educate and provide information related to sustainable agriculture in Georgia and the Southeast.
Sustainable agriculture means the practice of growing food, fiber, feed and fuel in systems that meet the needs of both the present and future generations. Sustainable agriculture emphasizes production and marketing practices that are profitable, environmentally sound, and that improve the quality of life for farmers, farm workers and the community. Sustainable agriculture systems rely on building healthy soils and crops, enhancing biodiversity, and minimizing the use of non-renewable resources.
Researchers at New Mexico State University show the link between cover crops and soil health in hot, dry, semiarid climates.
UGA Extension and Georgia Department of Agriculture seek to help farmers get produce to public
Georgia farmers and agricultural producers eager to sell abundant supplies of fresh produce and other products are being connected with consumers and other buyers who need their products through a new partnership between University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Department of Agric...
Check out this great Youtube series about the how-to and benefits of adaptive grazing with Allen Williams. 🌾
Adaptive grazing with Allen Williams!
Adaptive grazing is a regenerative livestock production system that uses multiple paddocks, frequent moves of livestock with short grazing intervals, and long rest periods to provide full pasture plant recovery.
It is a proven method of increasing the resiliency of pastures by building soil organic matter, increasing soil water infiltration, promoting water conservation, adding diversity, and decreasing surface runoff.
In thisnew video series, grazing expert Allen Williams discusses and demonstrates the principles and benefits of adaptive grazing.
Happy Earth Day from the Sustainable Ag Team! Thank you to all of the farmers, researchers, agricultural educators, environmentalists, producers, and specialists who are working to create sustainable and positive impacts on Earth. 🌿
UGA research paved the way for legalization of hemp production in Georgia. 🌱
Farmers in Georgia will soon be able to plant their first hemp crops after the federal government approved the state's hemp program. The state will issue hemp growing and processing licenses in the coming weeks.
NCAT is currently providing all online publications and technical resources for free! Visit attra.ncat.org 🌾
NCAT, home of ATTRA - Sustainable Agriculture, is now providing all technical resources on our website for FREE!
There are no longer any subscription fees or publication fees to access our digital publications, videos, podcasts, & other resources & materials at attra.ncat.org!
Keep your eyes and ears open for ways that you can safely support your local farmers, restaurateurs, food rights advocates, and producers during the COVID-19 social isolation period, and once these clouds clear. Many are offering delivery, curbside pickup, and gift card sales for future purchases. In the mean time, check out these inspirational women leading the charge in bettering the U.S. Food System. 🌿
14 African-American female entrepreneurs who have incorporated sustainable food production practices into their business motto.
The US Botanical Garden has partnered with the National Center for Appropriate Technology to develop a free greenhouse manual for educators. 🌿
This greenhouse manual is an easy-to-use guide designed to help educators with access to educational greenhouses. Whether planting gardens, growing for Farm to School programs, or integrating plant science into an existing curriculum, this manual has answers that educators need. DOWNLOAD IT HERE ...
As the market for organic products grows, relevant organic research has to keep up. Our colleagues in UGA's Horticulture Department are answering that call with a recent study of organic pepper varieties and their yields. 🌶
There is a dearth of information on pepper (Capsicum annuum) variety production under organic conditions; therefore, a randomized complete block designed experiment of 13 pepper varieties were evaluated in 2016 and 2017 using organic production practices on land managed organically for the 6 previou...
The Cherokee Nation will become the first tribe in the U.S. to catalog seeds in Norway's Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The nine heirloom seed varieties have been culturally and agriculturally important to the tribe for centuries and include beans, squash, and corn.
"Generations from now, these seeds will still hold our history and there will always be a part of the Cherokee Nation in the world." - Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.
The official news source of the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Businesses and Cherokee Nation Entertainment.
The Georgia Organics Conference and Expo starts tomorrow! If you are attending, make sure to stop by the UGA Sustainable Ag table in the Expo Hall to say hello and grab some fantastic farming resources! 🌿👩🌾
The Journeyman Farmer Certificate Program is a comprehensive training program designed by UGA Extension and its partners to prepare new farmers to enter the world of agriculture. These programs are hosted by local Extension offices, and the Gwinnett County Extension office is offering one this upcoming February and March! See the flyer below for more information and to register. Happy Farming! 🌾
Happy New Year from the Sustainable Ag team at UGA! 🎉
Check out this write-up about North Dakota State University's research on how with strategic planning and proper equipment, intercropping can improve soil health, increase yield, AND increase farmers' profits. It is a good reminder that sustainability is multifaceted.
CARRINGTON, N.D. – The growing of two companion cash crops in the same field might be a way to increase total productivity for that unit of ground, according to Mike
Our very own Dr. Tim Coolong will be presenting his research at the Georgia Organics Conference and Expo this upcoming February!
🌱Tim Coolong earned his bachelor, master, and PhD in horticulture from UGA.
Now as a UGA extension vegetable specialist, he spends his days researching practical techniques for growers. Coolong will be speaking about his research at three different Georgia Organics conference sessions.
Click the link to learn more about Tim and our 2020 Conference & Expo in Visit Athens, Georgia: https://thedirt.georgiaorganics.org/stories/coolong
Financial incentives for carbon sequestration enlist farmers in the fight against climate change. 🌱
Deep in west Alabama, in a part of the state where most economic activity grows up from the ground, one woman is hoping to get paid for what she’s
Researchers at the University of Florida analyze current and future potential for urban agriculture production systems, markets, resource management, technologies, and financial and social environments. 🌱
The recent increased market demand for locally grown produce is generating interest in the application of techniques developed for controlled environment agriculture (CEA) to urban agriculture (UA). Controlled environments have great potential to revolutionize urban food systems, as they offer uniqu...
"Traditional foods are embedded in our tribal creation stories and have remained at the heart of our survival and now our revitalization. Adopting a comprehensive food code begins the process of strengthening each tribe’s sustainability for future generations and serves as an example for others to follow."
Read more about the amazing work Janie Hipp and her team at the University of Arkansas are doing to restore and preserve food sovereignty in tribal communities.
The revitalization of traditional foods and agricultural systems in tribal communities is taking hold across Indian Country. This movement’s influence is revealed by many national Native gatherings discussing food systems, a renewed focus on serving healthy and traditional foods, and that “food ...
IIASA researchers publish study showing that crop diversification is not only beneficial to the environment, but also makes the food supply more nutritious. 🌾
'“To make agriculture more sustainable, it’s important that we think beyond just increasing food supply and also find solutions that can benefit nutrition, farmers, and the environment. This study shows that there are real opportunities to do just that."'
There has been a substantial increase in food production over the last 50 years, but it has been accompanied by a narrowing in the diversity of cultivated crops. New research shows that diversifying crop production can make food supply more nutritious, reduce resource demand and greenhouse gas emiss...
Results of a 20-year long study by Iowa State show that replacing commercial fertilizers with chicken manure benefits both the soil and farmers' profits. 🌱
AMES, Iowa — A 20-year study by Iowa State University researchers shows fertilizing cropland with poultry manure can benefit soil health and farm profits when compared to a commercial fertilizer. The study looked at long-term impacts of poultry manure on soil quality, crop yield, production costs ...
Researchers at the University of Illinois recently created the first high-resolution U.S. food supply chain map to trace how food moves from our farms to our plates.
Megan Konar and her team at the University of Illinois just developed the first high-resolution map of the U.S. food supply chain.
Remote Sensing Documents Conservation Practices
"Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), a tool that analyzes remotely sensed images of the landscape, provides conservation-practice adoption data on a regional scale. Developed by Applied GeoSolutions, the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), OpTIS identifies and quantifies the proportion of cropland that is managed with various types of conservation tillage practices and winter cover crops each year. An initial data release in early July provided information on conservation practice adoption in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa from 2005 to 2018, with data for the entire Corn Belt to be released soon. The first release showed that adoption of winter cover crops in the region is growing, and use of conservation tillage practices for corn and soybeans remained fairly steady at around 45% through the period."
To read more, visit: https://www.nature.org/en-us/explore/newsroom/remote-sensing-technology-drives-conservation-solutions/
New data show soil health practices on Iowa, Illinois and Indiana farmland is moving in the right direction.
Portable Sniffer Technology Identifies Plant Diseases
"North Carolina State University announced that researchers there have developed portable sniffing technology that plugs into a smartphone to detect plant diseases in the field. The device works by sampling the airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that plants release through their leaves. The type and concentration of VOCs changes when a plant is sick, so the device can tell when plants are sick and which disease they have. The tool could help farmers quickly differentiate between plant diseases with similar symptoms, right in the field."
To read more, visit: https://news.ncsu.edu/2019/07/handheld-tech-sniffs-plant-disease/
Researchers have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field. The handheld device, which is plugged into a smartphone, works by sampling the airborne volatile organic compounds that plants release through their leaves.
CAES Sustainable Agriculture Summer 2019 Newsletter!
- Hemp Industry in Georgia
- Working Farms Fund
- Proper Selection and Timing of Organic Fertilizer Ammendments
- Georgia Agriculture Tour with USDA Economic Research Service
- Georgia Organics Conference Returns to Athens, GA in 2020
To read the newsletter, visit:https://sustainagga.caes.uga.edu/content/dam/caes-subsite/sustainable-agriculture/documents/Summer2019Newsletter.2.pdf
Soil Health Practices Increase Farm Profitability
"American Farmland Trust (AFT), in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has released four case studies showing that healthier soil on farmland brings economic benefits to farmers and environmental benefits to society. The two-page case studies focus on corn-soybean production in Illinois and Ohio, almond production in California, and a diversified rotation (sweet corn, alfalfa, corn for silage or grain) in New York. Featured farmers implemented soil health practices including no-till or strip-till, nutrient management, cover crops, compost, and mulching. The case studies were developed as part of a 2018 NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) project, and they are available on AFT’s “Accelerating Soil Health” webpage."
To read more, visit: https://farmland.org/new-american-farmland-trust-nrcs-case-studies-show-soil-health-practices-increase-farm-profitability/
Today, American Farmland Trust (AFT), the organization behind the national movement No Farms No Food®, is releasing four case studies that show that healthier soil on farmland brings economic benefits to farmers and environmental benefits to society. These case studies were developed in partnership...
Predictive Model Improves Irrigation Efficiency
"Engineers at Cornell University have developed a predictive model for irrigation that combines plant physiology, real-time soil conditions, and weather forecasts. They predict that using this information to decide how and when to irrigate could save 40% of the water consumed by traditional irrigation practices. In addition, this “smart irrigation” could help improve the quality of specialty crops such as grapes, by ensuring that they receive the right amount of water. Researchers conducted a case study using this model for irrigation of grass crops in Iowa, and they are preparing to test it on apples in New York. The research includes an assessment of the costs and benefits of switching from a model based on human decisions to an automated one."
To read more, visit: http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/07/smart-irrigation-model-predicts-rainfall-conserve-water
A predictive model combining information about plant physiology, real-time soil conditions and weather forecasts can save 40% of the water consumed by traditional irrigation strategies, according to new Cornell research.
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