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Farming systems

Research addressing major themes and innovative practices in Midwest agriculture.

Types of farming systems

Farm viability

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How to maintain soil health and crops used to slow erosion, improve soil health, and bring a host of other benefits to your farm.

Farm Viability
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Beginning farmer training

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Opportunities for motivated individuals to educate themselves about pasture-based dairy and livestock farming.

Information for beginning farmers
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Labor and management

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How to understand how farmers can better anticipate the amount and type of labor needed to attain their goals.

Farm labor and management

Organics

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Training, research, publications, news, and partner programs surrounding organic agriculture.

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Soil Health

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Training, research, publications, news, and partner programs surrounding organic agriculture.

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Cover crops

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Ways to provide grassland that is suitable for pasture and crops that can be harvested year-after-year.

Cover Crops
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Grazing and perennial systems

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Ways to provide grassland that is suitable for pasture and crops that can be harvested year-after-year.

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Emerging crops

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Types of crops that might be considered new, or help farmers diversify their business and farming goals.

Explore emerging crops

News

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Research