American Farmer

Profiles of Agricultural Innovation 2nd edition

Published by the Sustainable Agriculture Network Beltsville, MD

The concept for The New American Farmer came from John Ikerd, former agricultural economics professor at the University of Missouri. After decades of working with farmers and ranchers across the country, Ikerd wanted to convince others that thriving, family-run operations making a profit, working in harmony with the environment and helping improve their communities were no fluke. To him, the "new American farm" was a place where producers could create and achieve positive financial, environmental and quality of life goals.

The New American Farmer: Profiles of Agricultural Innovation, first published by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program's Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) in 2000, evolved from Ikerd's vision. SARE owes the framework to Craig Cramer, a former editor at The New Farm. For this second edition, SARE updated many of the first set of profiles and added 14 more to include producers from each state and two U.S. territories.

Project coordinator & editor: Valerie Berton

Contributors: Dan Anderson, Craig Cramer, Ron Daines, John Flaim, Mary Friesen, Lisa Halvorsen, Beth Holtzman, Helen Husher, Amy Kremen, Lorraine Merrill, David Mudd, Keith Richards, Gwen Roland, Deborah Wechsler

Cover photos: Jerry DeWitt. Photo of man with Jersey cow by Edwin Remsberg.

Graphic design & layout: Karol A. Keane Design and Communications

Line art (subterranean clover): Elayne Sears

Printing by Whitmore Print & Imaging, Annapolis, Md.

This book was published by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) under cooperative agreements with the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, USDA, the University of Maryland and the University of Vermont.

SARE works to increase knowledge about - and help farmers and ranchers adopt - practices that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities. For more information about SARE grant opportunities and informational resources, go to www.sare.org. SAN is the national outreach arm of SARE. For more information, contact:

Sustainable Agriculture Network 10300 Baltimore Ave., Bldg. 046 Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 (301) 504-5236; (301) 504-5207 (fax)

[email protected]

To order copies of this book, ($16.95 plus $5.95 s/h) contact (802) 656-0484 or [email protected].

Library of Congress Control Number: 2005922220

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