Sustainable Farming Systems Report

Sustainable Farming Front Cover

The Sustainable Farming Systems (SFS) Project was launched in 1997. Built around two Minnesota watershed teams (Sand Creek and the Chippewa River Watershed), the SFS participants researched the impacts of different farming systems on soil erosion, water quality, and the profitability of rotational grazing. We also looked at home and community quality of life of farmers and rural land owners. We were able to expand the range of monitoring tools available for farmers, including the breadth of what is being measured across disciplines or system components. Additionally, we identified a range of monitoring tools -- from informal to rigorous methods -- to assess impacts of their practices.

This report presents some of the major findings of the SFS team, specifically highlighting the results of the water quality research (beginning on page 1) and the economic analyses (beginning on page 13). Other materials describing the team’s work are available; contact the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture to obtain more information.

Sustainable Farming Systems Report (PDF, 3.2 Mb)







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