On Defining
Sustainable Agriculture




             Amy-Lynn Albertson, Davidson County,

                     NC SARE 2014 Outstanding

         Sustainable Agriculture Extension Educator



             From Left, Faith Albertson, Amy-Lynn Albertson, Sanjun Gu, NC

            SARE State Co-Coordinato rNCA&TSU and roland McReynolds, CFSA Director


Amy-Lynn Albertson, Extension Agent from Davidson County, was named NC SARE Outstanding Sustainable Agriculture Extension Educator for 2014.  She has established two farmers markets in Davidson County and shown tremendous leadership in promoting sustainable agriculture throughout her service region.  She played the major leadership role in developing the successful Piedmont Farm School, an intensive seven month program that provides in-depth training to farmers in Davidson and six surrounding counties.  This project has since expanded to three farm schools across the state with others in the planning stages.  This program’s statewide impact on the agricultural community is significant and growing.  Picture and article by Amy Armbruster, CFSA



What is Sustainable Agriculture?

Subtitle B of Title XVI of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990...

...authorized the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) as a replacement for LISA. The legislation includes Chapters on Best Utilization of Biological Applications, Integrated Management Systems, and Technology Development and Transfer. The Program was funded in FY91 and 92 at $6,725,000. In addition, Congress defined Sustainable Agriculture "as an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site specific application that will, over the long-term: satisfy human food and fiber needs; enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends; make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of farm/ranch operations; and enhance the quality of life for farmers/ ranchers and society as a whole" (Title XVI, Subtitle A, Section 1603).


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