Toward a More Sustainable Agriculture by Raymond Poincelot

By Raymond Poincelot

Our nation's grandest firm is our agricultural undefined. it's moment to none when it comes to resources, staff, and exports. Agricultural luck has be­ come an accredited truth and is taken with no consideration via the vast majority of the yank public. Few think or are even prepared to think about that the con­ tinued destiny luck of this is threatened. but threatened it truly is. The source base of agriculture is changing into dimin­ ished via overuse and environmental misuse. a different hardship is the contest for agricultural assets by means of different clients. The power, soil, and water assets can't maintain agriculture into the a long way destiny at their current fee of use. anything needs to be performed to lead to public information and help for the adjustments had to circulation our kingdom towards a sustainable agriculture. extra examine and investment needs to be directed towards this finish. Our agriculture educators and different info disseminators needs to ensure that the farmers, politicians, and the general public obtain the message. Farmers needs to be prepared to make the mandatory adjustments. anything is being performed. Our agricultural procedure is in a transitional level. conventional agriculturists are altering a few practices and their attitudes.

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One final thought. The amount of research suggested here is extensive and perhaps easily dismissed because it seems to only apply to organic farming. Although such research would certainly improve organic farming practices and perhaps increase the number of successful conversions, its most important practical outcome would be development of practices tailored specifically to improve the sustainability of conventional agriculture. References BERARDI, G. M. 1978. Organic and conventional wheat production: Examination of energy and economics.

Over a long period of time this type of agricultural management can increase aeration, aggregation, permeability, and water storage capacity; decrease compaction and crusting; and improve levels of beneficial soil organisms (insects, earthworms, and microorganisms). Water A number of organic practices increase water infiltration, thus increasing water availability over the short term (USDA 1980). This improvement arises from increases in surface crop residues provided after plowing out or under cover crops, green manures, and sod crops, and from reduced tillage practices.

Jr. Agric. Econ. 59, 1-12. KRATEN, S. L. 1979. A preliminary examination of the economic performance and energy intensiveness of organic and conventional small grain farms in the Northwest. S. Thesis. Washington State University, Pullman. , FAST, S. and O'LEARY, D. 1976. Organic and Conventional Crop Production in the Corn Belt: a comparison of Economic Performance and Energy Use for Selected Farms. Rept. CBNS-AE-7. , St. Louis, MO. , KLEPPER, R. and SWEENEY, S. 1978. Field crop production on organic farms in the Midwest.

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