Transitioning to Sustainable and Organic Grain and Livestock Production Systems: On-Farm Training for Extension Agents (CES) and NRCS Personnel

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 1999: $46,715.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Coordinator:
Margaret Huelsman
Ohio Ecological Food Farm Assn

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: corn, oats, soybeans, spelt, wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Animals: bovine, poultry, sheep, swine
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension
  • Production Systems: general crop production


    In many farming communities the local extension agent is an important source of information on agricultural production issues. However on issues relating to alternative or organic farming these same agents are usually lacking in experience, knowledge and resources. Through a series of training programs and farm tours both information and resource materials on transitioning to sustainable and organic grain and livestock production systems were given to extension agents, NRCS personnel and organic and sustainable growers in Ohio.

    Project objectives:

    • To provide training to Extension Agents (CES) and NRCS personnel on how to assist interested grain and livestock producers in transitioning from conventional to sustainable/organic production.

    • To provide resource materials (books, slides, pamphlets) to trainees that will assist Extension Agents (CES) and NRCS personnel in the dissemination of information from their respective county offices.

    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.