The 25th annual edition of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Greenbook. In it, we highlight new and ongoing Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant projects by Minnesota farmers, ranchers, and researchers. These dedicated people use the funding to pursue research and innovations that might have wilted away without our support.
The Greenbook shares what farmers learn, including on-farm demonstration results and research projects testing new approaches to raising crops and livestock as well as marketing agricultural products. These farmers help make Minnesota agriculture more environmentally friendly and profitable with their creative ideas and solutions.
In the course of the last quarter century, the Greenbook has showcased hundreds of innovative and creative grant projects contributing to important advances in Minnesota agriculture. In the early 90's projects explored rotational grazing, diversification, and soil quality. Now, projects demonstrate cover crops, season extension for vegetable production, perennial crops, and marketing. Farmers are showing a dedicated and sustained effort to help Minnesota farms thrive.
Greenbook 2014 details current projects with observations, technical information, management tips, and practical proof from participants. I think you will enjoy these reports and the farmers behind them. Please feel free to contact any of the grantees about their projects. They are eager to discuss their successes and challenges.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a printed copy of the entire Greenbook 2014.
Sustainable Agriculture Program
Ag Marketing and Development Division