|Rob Johanson, Jan Göranson, and their sons, Carl, 15, and Göran, 10, produce vegetables, berries, hogs, chickens, and maple syrup on 160 acres. The family was featured in a SARE-funded book and video depicting the diverse farms of Maine. |
Photo by Robert Mitchell
Farmers, ranchers and agricultural educators seeking to learn more about profitable and practical agricultural systems will find a wealth of ideas from 2006/07 SARE Highlights, which features 12 of the most innovative research projects funded by SARE. Among them:
In New York, a mentoring program paired experienced graziers with farmers in the Finger Lakes region to improve pastured livestock systems. The program helped 100 farmers achieve such goals as improving fencing and lanes or converting crop fields to productive pasture on 5,500 acres in the environmentally sensitive area.
In Idaho, a researcher who showcased the strategies of successful potato growers prompted 25 farmers to try new conservation measures to manage pests and maximize returns with less fertilizers. His efforts mean that 110,000 acres, one-fourth of the state’s potato production, is managed with conservation-oriented strategies.
Click on the links at left or the story headlines below to read more.
WHY 2 YEARS?
We’re shifting our SARE Highlights publication schedule forward. For now, we’ve combined SARE’s accomplishments for 2006 and 2007 in one volume. The SARE Highlights will be printed each January starting in 2008.
Building Better Grazing Systems in New York’s Finger Lakes Region
Testing Profitable Forage Systems for Goats
Potato Growers Emulate “Model” Methods for Higher Profits
Baiting the Trap: New Lures Ensnare Damaging Hive Beetle
Organic 101: Sharing Farm-Based Knowledge with Professionals
Farmers Turn on to Renewable Energy and Conservation