The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s annual Greenbook is back again with another great edition showcasing the creative projects funded by the Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program. This year, we’re highlighting 29 projects by farmers, ranchers and researchers who have invested these grant dollars to explore practices that will make farming in Minnesota more sustainable. We are very proud of this program and the many ways it has impacted farmers and rural communities in Minnesota for the past 26 years.
New and better farming methods evolve through innovation. We believe the ideas these farmers and researchers are testing are integral to the future of agriculture. Many of the Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Program’s past projects have since become widely adopted such as integrated pest management and cover cropping.
In the Greenbook, you will find the results from currently funded demonstration projects. The grantees are focusing on ways to increase energy and labor efficiency, reduce purchased inputs, and improve both the environment and their bottom line.
Greenbook 2016 compiles all the farmers’ research trials and their hard data into an informative and interesting read. To learn more about any of the projects, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the grantee. You’ll find contact information listed at the beginning of each project summary.
The MDA funded 11 new projects and will be accepting applications again next fall, so if there’s a sustainable farming idea you’d like to try, please keep that opportunity in mind.
Please contact Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org for a printed copy of the entire Greenbook 2016.