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On-Farm Research Field Guide
Farmers have always done their own research. Whether it is trying a new variety of crop or a new way to prepare a field without plowing, farmers have always been at the forefront of agricultural innovation. This innovation often went unrecognized because it was not based on “scientific” research at a research station. As a team, farmers, agents, extension specialists, and researchers are now developing an applied research model that is statistically sound AND answers farmers’ questions. By combining the farmer’s experience with the science of statistics, farmers are adding value to the work they do every day. On-farm research places farmers in the driver’s seat of the agricultural research agenda.
This Field Guide for On-Farm Research Experiments, developed by Keith Baldwin at North Carolina A&T Cooperative Extension provides a training tool for Extension agents, students, farmers and others in the ag industry in the principles and practices of participatory research in sustainable farming systems.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) ES00-047, Training in Alternative Research Strategies for Sustainable Farming Systems.
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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.