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Hot Topics in Sustainable Agriculture

Visit SARE's Topic Rooms for in-depth resources on important topics in sustainable agriculture, including:

Cover Crops

The many benefits of cover crops are increasingly appreciated among farmers. They play an important role in erosion control, weed control, soil conservation and soil health. With careful selection and management, they fit into any crop rotation or cropping system, such as no-till farming, and are integral to organic farming.

Season Extension

Find in-depth information about high tunnels, hoop houses and other season extension techniques, including high tunnel construction, commercial greenhouse production, high tunnel vegetable production and more.

Explore additional SARE Topic Rooms on local and regional food systems, and for Southern audiences, on small ruminants and pastured poultry.

What is Sustainable Agriculture?

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Every day, farmers and ranchers around the world develop new, innovative strategies to produce and distribute food, fuel and fiber sustainably. While these strategies vary greatly they all embrace three broad goals, or what SARE calls the 3 Pillars of Sustainability:

• Profit over the long term
• Stewardship of our nation's land, air and water
• Quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities

There are almost as many ways to reach these goals as there are farms and ranches in America.

To learn more, check out the award-winning What is Sustainable Agriculture?.


Find Out What SARE is Funding in Your State

Did you know that since 1988 SARE has invested more than $211 million in 5,300 sustainable agriculture... more

Strategies to Successfully Manage Northeastern Apple Pests

A wide range of pests threaten Northeastern apple crops, forcing some growers to spend up to 25 percent... more

2013-14 Cover Crops Survey Analysis

For the second year in a row, a national survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use... more


From the Field

Building Capacity to Engage Latinos in Local Food Systems in the Heartland

A new program has been developed in Iowa and Kansas to train Extension and other professionals to increase... more