Comparing Farming Systems with Different Strategies and Input Levels: A Research/Education Program with Replicated Micro-Farms

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 1994: $119,054.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1998
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $136,197.00
Region: North Central
State: Nebraska
Project Coordinator:
Charles Francis
Grain Place Foundation
Richard Olson
U. of NE-Lincoln, Ctr. for Sustainable Ag. Systems

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: corn, oats, rye, sorghum (milo), soybeans, wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Vegetables: sweet corn
  • Animals: bovine


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, grazing - continuous, manure management, pasture fertility, pasture renovation, grazing - rotational
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, mentoring, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, marketing management, whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: afforestation, biodiversity, grass waterways, habitat enhancement, indicators
  • Pest Management: allelopathy, biological control, chemical control, competition, cultural control, economic threshold, field monitoring/scouting, genetic resistance, integrated pest management, physical control, prevention
  • Production Systems: transitioning to organic, agroecosystems, holistic management, integrated crop and livestock systems
  • Soil Management: composting, green manures, organic matter, soil analysis
    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.