Re: extension & land grants
Steve Groff (email@example.com)
Thu, 21 Oct 1999 21:34:50 -0400
Thanks for addressing this issue. My strategy as a sustainable farmer is
to get extension agents involved on my farm. It started a few years ago
with including them in a SARE Grant. Now I have them doing variety
trials (which is somewhat of a neutral issue when thinking about farming
philosophies) and then they get to see first hand how a successful
sustainable farm operates. I really appreciate how my extension agents
have sincerely helped me over the years. Once a mutual respect has been
developed, the door is wide open for extention agents to openly search
for sustainable options if they haven't already.
I once was elated that one of my agents went to a sustainable ag conf.
only to have the keynote speaker blast extension as being worthless.
This is not the strategy needed to advance sustainable ag. We need to
build bridges and not make war.
"Enhancing the Environment" http://www.cedarmeadowfarm.com/
Cedar Meadow Farm
679 Hilldale Road
Holtwood, PA 17532 USA
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