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Brian DeVore (612) 653-0618
LSP ANNOUNCES GUIDE TO NEW FARMING OPTIONS
Making the Most of Freedom to Farm Shows how to Make Planting
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. -- The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) today
Making the Most of Freedom to Farm: Innovative uses of Planting
Conservation Programs. This 40-page guide reviews profitable,
beneficial farming practices that are easier for farmers to adopt under
federal agricultural legislation.
In 1996, Congress eliminated most of the planting rules that required
plant certain crops in order to qualify for federal support payments.
same time, the law -- its creators have dubbed it "Freedom to Farm" --
with federal protections against wide swings in market prices.
Making the Most of Freedom to Farm offers farmers an overview of
practices that were difficult to adopt under the old system of
payments -- beneficial crop rotations, integrated crop/livestock
innovative tillage practices, and other approaches -- and points toward
sources of more in-depth information. It also includes sections on
planning approaches and a review of changes in the federal agricultural
conservation programs in the 1996 Farm Bill.
"Farmers have a great opportunity right now to look for an advantage,
sort of integrated approaches that will make their farms profitable for
haul. We can't make it just by copying what the big guys are doing on a
scale," said Dave Serfling, a Preston, Minn., farmer who raises hay,
beef and sheep on a highly diverse operation. "As prices for the major
commodities shake out a bit, I think more farmers will start to realize
solid, long-term business advantages of diversity and more complex
The guide includes chapters on "Managing for Total Farm Results,"
of Federal Programs," "Rotations and Cover Crops for Cost Control,"
Livestock Ideas," and "Tillage Tactics." Each chapter includes
examples of farms and farmers who are already having success with these
techniques and concludes with an extensive list of contact information,
sources and Internet resources for more details on how to make these
work on the farm.
Copies of Making the Most of Freedom to Farm are available from the
Stewardship Project at 2200 4th St., White Bear Lake, MN 55110. A
postage/handling charge of $4.00 will apply to all mail requests. For
information on bulk orders, call (612) 653-0618.
A Worldwide Web version of the chapter, "Making Sense of Federal
complete table of contents, and news release about Making the Most of
Farm is available online at:
Publication of this guide was made possible by a grant from the Joyce
of Chicago, Ill.
The Land Stewardship Project is a private, non-profit membership
that works to foster an ethic of stewardship toward the land. LSP
sustainable communities and a system of agriculture that is
sound, economically viable and socially just.
-- Ray Kimsey Ray_Kimsey@ncsu.edu "Selfishness has never been admired..." Phone: 919.515.8449 C.S. Lewis Fax: 919.515.3777 Raleigh, NC USA http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/rkimsey
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