What is Sustainable Agriculture?

What is Sustainable Agriculture?


Organic crop production illustration.Whether you’re a beginning farmer, or an experienced agricultural producer interested in transitioning to more sustainable practices, you may want to start by learning more about the principles of sustainable agriculture and some of the “systems” approaches associated with it. The publications in this section introduce and discuss key concepts and provide a general overview of planning and managing a more sustainable farm operation.

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⇒ Publications

Agriculture, Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration - IP338

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Applying the Principles of Sustainable Farming - IP107

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ATTRA Soil Resources - IP556

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Biointensive Integrated Pest Management - IP049

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Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control - CT065

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Finding Land to Farm: Six Ways to Secure Farmland - IP349

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Holistic Management: A Whole-Farm Decision Making Framework - IP154

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Life-Cycle Assessment in Agricultural Systems - IP447

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Manures for Organic Crop Production - IP127

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Organic Crop Production Overview - IP170

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Overview of Cover Crops and Green Manures - IP024

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Pressure-Treated Wood: Organic and Natural Alternatives - IP362

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Small-Scale Intensive Farm Publications CD - IP418

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Sustainable Agriculture: An Introduction - IP043

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⇒ Links to Other Introductory Sustainable Ag & Agroecology Information

Agroecology: Principles and Strategies for Designing Sustainable Farming Systems
by Miguel Altieri
Definition of the term “Sustainable Agriculture”
Ecological Agriculture Projects, Macdonald College of McGill University
Making the Transition to Sustainable Agriculture
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Principles of Agroecology and Sustainability
University of California-Santa Cruz
Sustainable Agriculture Principles and Concept Overview
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Sustainable Agriculture: Balancing Profits and Human and Natural Resources
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin
Sustainable Agriculture: Definitions and Terms
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
Towards a Sustainable Agriculture
article by Steve Diver
Tracing the Evolution of Organic/Sustainable Agriculture
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
What is Sustainable Agriculture?
University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
What Is Sustainable Agriculture?
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education