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Hot Topics in Sustainable Agriculture
Visit SARE's Topic Rooms for in-depth resources on important topics in sustainable agriculture. In the Southern Region, such resources include:
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the Southern region has over 200 million acres of forestland, with nearly 90 percent of it privately owned. Forestland in the South is some of the most dynamic, diverse and productive in the nation, and is a major agricultural revenue driver for many Southern states, contributing $200 billion annually to the nation's economy. Many forestland owners assume timber harvesting is the only way to make money from their land. But non-timber products, such as pine straw, hunting leases and agroforestry, serve as additional revenue streams. This topic room includes a collection of educational resources on forestry and agroforestry, developed out of SARE-funded research for those interested in sustainable woodland management and land use conservation.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 80 percent of all flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce seeds, fruits and vegetables. One out of every three bites of food we take is made possible through the work of pollinators, such as the European honeybee and native bee species, like the bumblebee. This topic room includes a collection of educational materials, such as articles, multimedia, publications and websites, developed out of SARE-funded pollinator research for those interested in bees and beekeeping.
Commercial aquaculture is a solid, traditional industry. However, interest is growing in the areas of alternative fish farming, small-scale aquaculture and water gardening, also known as aquaponics. This topic room includes a collection of educational materials, such as articles and videos, developed out of SARE-funded aquaculture research for those interested in fish farming, or incorporating fish into a crop production system.
Sheep, goat and other small ruminant enterprises offer many advantages for both beginning and experienced farmers. Small and productive, they are well suited to grass-based and small-scale agriculture. They are relatively inexpensive compared to larger livestock -- a boon for limited-resource producers. And a growing market is opening the doors for value-added opportunities. SSARE developed a topic room that covers educational resources on on-farm production, animal health, marketing and value-added topics.
Interest in pastured poultry production among small-scale farmers has grown significantly in recent decades because it is often an inexpensive way to add supplemental revenue and diversification to small farms, especially for those with limited resources. SSARE's topic room covers educational resources on on-farm production, bird breeding, health and nutrition, animal waste management, processing and marketing.
The national SARE program has also developed topic rooms on Cover Crops, High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques and Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems.