On Defining
Sustainable Agriculture

Matha Mobley, Franklin County Cooperative Extension, named NC SARE 2013 Outstanding Sustainable Agriculture Extension Educator

The NC SARE Extension Educator of the Year Award was presented to Martha Mobley of Franklin County, NC at the 2013 Carolina Farm Stewardship Asso- ciation’s Sustainable Ag- riculture Conference on Saturday, November 16, 2013. 

Martha is a passionate and forward thinking extension agent who has helped to spread the word about sustainable and direct market agriculture in her region of the state.  She has hosted numerous trainings, farm tours and events to further the knowledge about sustainable practices.  In addition, she owns and operates Meadow Lane Farm where organic practices are used, and sells her products at the Durham Farmers Market. The award was presented by Dr. Steve Washburn, NC SARE State Coordinator, NCSU, on left, and Roland McReynolds, CFSA Executive Director. Pictured are (left to right) Dr Steve Washburn, Martha Mobley and Roland McReynolds.

 

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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