Sustainable Agriculture: A Profitable, Ecological, and Socially Sound Strategy for Small Farms

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 1999: $10,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Region: North Central
State: Missouri
Project Coordinator:
John Ikerd
University of Missouri Columbia

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: canola, corn, soybeans, wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: melons, peaches, pears, plums, berries (strawberries)
  • Nuts: walnuts
  • Vegetables: cauliflower, cucurbits, eggplant, greens (leafy), onions, peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: herbs, native plants, ornamentals
  • Animals: bees, bovine, poultry, goats, rabbits, sheep, swine, fish, ratite
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, housing, free-range, herbal medicines, manure management, grazing - multispecies, pasture fertility, range improvement
  • Crop Production: agroforestry, forestry, nutrient cycling, organic fertilizers, application rate management, ridge tillage, conservation tillage, contour farming
  • Education and Training: technical assistance, demonstration, display, extension
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, cooperatives, whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: wildlife
  • Pest Management: mulches - living, mulching - vegetative
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management, integrated crop and livestock systems
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, partnerships, urban/rural integration, social networks, sustainability measures
    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.