Number of Programs: 5
The Economic Analysis of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems websiteintroduces basic techniques that can be applied to analyze the economic viability of sustainable agricultural and food systems. The site aims to provide clear explanations of both how to do the analysis and what assumptions must be met. This site frequently relies on links to other good sites, both to explain these techniques and to provide helpful data and examples. The basic areas covered are:
- Profitability Using Budgets
- Environmental Indicators
- Environmental Values
- Environment-Profit Trade-Offs
- Business Planning
Center for Regional Food Systems, Room 303, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824
The Michigan Organic Farming Exchange site offers agricultural producers and farmers with technical information and guidance to manage soil, grow organic crops and identify profitable markets. The exchange provides information to farmers and consumers interested in understanding organic production methods and suggests ways to successfully transition conventional production to organic-certified or not.
Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.
The goal of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems. It strives to:
- Partner across Michigan to advance the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter.
- Educate new generations to lead regional food systems research and practice.
- Cultivate and support communities of practice around emerging regional food systems issues and opportunities.
- Increase the visibility of and access to MSU resources that support regional good food systems.
- Expand the resource base for regional food systems applied research, education and outreach.
- Develop farmers and farms for regional food systems
- Expand and coordinate engagement of MSU faculty and staff in interdisciplinary regional food systems applied research, education, and outreach.
This Website provides information and recommendations for habitat management that include maintaining or planting species that provide floral resources in or near crop fields, orchards and vineyards. Resources available include: Plant fact sheets; images; regional plant lists; publications; and teaching tools.
Online at the Website below.
The Soil Ecology and Management Website aids agricultural professionals in applying ecological principles to the management of soil. Building soil resources provides the foundation for healthy farms, communities, the environment, and future livelihoods. This Web site addresses key principles of soil ecological mangement, including biodiversity, vegetative cover, and soil quality. Practical management tools in line with these principles include the use of cover crops, compost, manure, and reduced tillage.