FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 15, 2012
Margaret Hart, Communications Coordinator
Annual Greenbook highlights sustainable agriculture innovations
St. Paul, Minn. – The 2012 edition of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Greenbook is now available. The Greenbook publication highlights the results of innovative projects that test new approaches to raising crops and livestock as well as marketing agricultural products. The projects are funded by the MDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program, which promotes environmental stewardship and conservation of resources and strives to improve profitability and quality of life on farms and in rural areas.
MDA Commissioner Dave Frederickson says the Greenbook is a valuable resource for farmers, researchers, and others seeking to advance Minnesota agriculture and improve the quality of life in rural areas.
“Over the years, the Greenbook has provided the technical information and trial and error insights into hundreds of new projects,” Frederickson said. “Having this research has helped farmers more quickly adopt alternative farming systems that are sustainable over the long term.
Greenbook editor Jeanne Ciborowski says the new edition features 17 sustainable agriculture projects in four major topic areas: alternative markets and specialty crops; cropping systems and soil fertility; fruits and vegetables; and livestock.
“Among the projects are strategies for growing blackberries organically under high tunnels which provides for winter protection and increased production, and growing fresh cabbage for markets using integrated pest management,” said Ciborowski. Other projects included a feasibility study of small farm commercial hops production and cultivating and marketing organic mushrooms in a northern climate.
For a free copy of Greenbook 2012, call 651-201-6012. Greenbook 2012 is also available on the MDA’s web site: www.mda.state.mn.us/greenbook.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org