Packaging, Testing, and Disseminating a Set of Indicators for Ecological, Financial, and Social Monitoring on Farms

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 1996: $88,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1999
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $69,000.00
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:
George Boody
Land Stewardship Project

Annual Reports

Information Products

The Monitoring Tool Box (Manual/Guide)


  • Agronomic: corn, soybeans, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Animals: bovine, swine
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, housing, manure management, grazing - rotational
  • Crop Production: nutrient cycling
  • Education and Training: decision support system, demonstration, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: agricultural finance, whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, habitat enhancement, indicators, riverbank protection, soil stabilization, wildlife
  • Pest Management: prevention
  • Production Systems: transitioning to organic, agroecosystems, holistic management
  • Soil Management: earthworms, organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: partnerships, analysis of personal/family life, social capital, social networks, social psychological indicators, 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.