On-farm Research

Four students examining plant roots below the soil. (Copyright ARS)
Learn fundamental techniques, guidelines and tips to conduct research experiments and trials at the farm level.

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. 2nd edition. 2017

Learn how to conduct research at the farm level using these tips for crop and livestock producers, resources lists and real-life examples.

University of Nebraska. Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

This article outlines 10 steps agricultural producers can take to plan and execute successful on-farm research trials.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

"This Agricultural Research Service (ARS) national program, Integrated Agricultural Systems (IAS), is designed to facilitate the synthesis, evaluation, and transfer of information to all types of agricultural operations using a 'systems approach.'"

Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute is conducting independent agricultural research in composting, soil health, weed management, pest management, livestock issues, organic agriculture and certification, agroforestry, and industrial hemp. The Farming Systems Trial started in 1981 to study the transition from chemical to organic agriculture.

University of California - Davis. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

The University of California's Century Experiment (formerly known as LTRAS-Long Term Research on Agricultural Sustainability) is a 100-year study in which researchers "measure the long-term impacts of crop rotation, farming systems (conventional, organic and mixed) and inputs of water, nitrogen, carbon and other elements on agricultural sustainability."

On-Farm Research Guide  ( pdf | 93 kb )

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF).

Presents an extensive overview of on-farm research.