In case you've been vacationing or have otherwise missed announcements:
The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)--the outreach arm of the
USDA/CSREES/SARE program--published 4 color bulletins (8-20 pages) in 1999.
All are available on the web in .html and as Adobe Acrobat files (.pdf).
Please see http://www.sare.org/htdocs/pubs/
Diversify Crops to Boost Profits and Stewardship, 1999.
This 12-page informational bulletin helps farmers and agricultural educators
begin thinking about
how to diversify, encompassing new cash crops, cover crops and agroforestry.
The publication features factors to consider before diversifying, specific
diversification strategies and expert sources of information.
Reap New Profits: Marketing Strategies for Farmers and Ranchers. 1999.
This bulletin from USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) offers
snapshots of the many alternatives to marketing commodities through
conventional channels. Written for producers and the agricultural
professionals who work with them, "Reap New Profits: Marketing Strategies
for Farmers and Ranchers" offers practical tips on how to get started in
alternative marketing enterprises, peppered with numerous examples of
people using such strategies in the field. The bulletin describes how to
into farmers markets, establish pick-your-own operations and farm stands,
begin entertainment farming, open a Community Supported Agriculture
(CSA) farm, join or start a cooperative, sell to restaurants or through mail
order and the Internet. The bulletin also lays out ways to direct-market
and process and add value to farm products.
Put Your Ideas to the Test: How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch.
Farmers and ranchers seeking to cut production costs or improve
stewardship of natural resources often experiment with new
methods. Designing and carrying out simple research tests in a
more organized fashion, however, can provide reliable, valuable
answers to production questions. This bulletin describes how to
conduct research at the farm level, with practical tips for both crop
and livestock producers as well as a comprehensive list of more
SARE Project Highlights. 1996-1999.
These annual reports feature 10 of SARE's most innovative projects and offer
snapshots of the
We have limited print copies of these free bulletins, particularly if you
plan to distribute them to farmers (our stock of Diversify Crops is quite
low, however, reprint pending). Please e-mail email@example.com and include
your snail-mail address if you would like copies of any of these bulletins.
Andy Clark, Ph.D.
c/o AFSIC, Room 304
National Agricultural Library
10301 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
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