On-Farm Research Field Guide

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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.


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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.