North Central SARE From the Field Profile
Educational Curricula and Professional Development Training for Energy Efficient Production Practices
In response to the shift in some crop acres from providing food and fiber to an increased emphasis in energy farming, concerns have been raised about potential problems from crop monocultures or high rates of residue removal. David Clay’s long-term goals for his project were to increase producers’ awareness of the importance of determining costs of production, as well as conducting energy efficiency and environmental sustainability assessments during long-term planning. Clay edited curricula suitable for use in training sessions and conducted seven related workshops and 31 presentations, including the two reference materials below:
GIS Applications in Agriculture: Nutrient Management for Improved Energy Efficiency provides an outline of how management recommendations are developed and how a ground-based active sensor can be used. More information is available at http://www.northcentralsare.org/GIS-Applications
South Dakota Corn Best Management Practices provides a guide for selecting management practices that consider both production and environmental-sustainability goals. More information is available at http://www.northcentralsare.org/ corn-management-practices
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) ENC07-095, Educational Curricula and Professional Development Training for Energy Efficient Production Practices.
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Project products are developed as part of SARE grants. They are made available with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed within project products do not necessarily reflect the view of the SARE program or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.