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Sustainable Agriculture

Kirby Farms third-generation family farm in Mechanicsville, VA, uses micro irrigation (drip watering) and plastic mulch (row covering) to efficiently grow green zucchini squash

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center
USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center. Identifies resources about sustainable food systems and practices.

Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems
USDA. Agricultural Research Service. Organizes USDA research on technologies and strategies needed to help farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural practitioners manage their resources. Includes projects on water availability and watershed management, climate change, soils, and emissions, biorefining, agricultural and industrial byproducts, pasture, forage and rangeland systems, and agricultural system competitiveness and sustainability.

Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory
USDA. Agricultural Research Service. Describes USDA projects and publications documenting multi-disciplinary research to understand fundamental agro-ecological processes underlying sustainable systems.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Gives information about efforts to advance agricultural innovation to promotes profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and their communities.

USDA Commitments
USDA. Office of the Chief Economist.
Lists USDA efforts to support sustainability arising from The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20).

Sustainable Table: Sustainable Agriculture
GRACE Communications Foundation. Identifies what it means to produce food sustainably and ways to transition to a sustainable food future.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
University of California Davis. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Agricultural Sustainability Institute. Provides materials on efforts to ensure access to healthy food and to promote agriculture through research, education, and communication.

The Habitable Planet: Unit 7: Agriculture // Section 9: Sustainable Agriculture
The Annenberg Foundation. The Annenberg Learner. Gives an overview of sustainable agriculture as part of an online multimedia course developed by scientists and researchers.

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
National Center for Appropriate Technology. Provides technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture.

Sustainable agriculture
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Displays data and reports on policies, trade, research, and standards affecting sustainable practices.