Sustainable Agriculture

Business / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture: A systematic approach to agriculture that focuses on ensuring the long-term productivity of human and natural resources for meeting food and fiber needs. The FACT ACT of 1990 defines sustainable agriculture as 'an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term (a) satisfy human food and fiber needs: (b) enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends: (c) make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls: (d) sustain the economic viability of farm operations: and (e) enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.' Examples of sustainable agricultural practices include use of crop rotation, animal and green manures, soil and water conserving tillage systems such as no-till planting methods, and integrated pest management. The Food Security Act of 1985 authorized a competitive grants program, now called the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program that supports farmer-scientist teams performing on-farm experiments in less chemical-intensive methods of pest control and soil fertility and other sustainable practices. The program also trains Cooperative Extension personnel to work with farmers to encourage adoption of sustainable practices.

Conventional Agriculture

Business / Agriculture / Conventional Agriculture: Generally used to contrast common or traditional agricultural practices featuring heavy reliance on chemical and energy inputs typical of large-scale, mechanized farms to alternative agriculture or su MORE

Alternative Agriculture

Business / Agriculture / Alternative Agriculture: A systematic approach to farming intended to reduce agricultural pollution, enhance sustainability, and improve efficiency and profitability. Overall, alternative agriculture emphasizes management pra MORE

Agriculture In Concert With The Environment (ACE)

Business / Agriculture / Agriculture In Concert With The Environment (ACE): An Environmental Protection Agency program, administered cooperatively with USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, to fund research projects that reduce the risk of po MORE