Experts look for future of agriculture

Monday, January 22, 2001

The future of agriculture will be sustainability, according to Dr. Fred Kirschenmann, director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. He spoke at a farm business seminar recently in Storm Lake.

Jerry Weiss, local ISU swine field specialist, said the future of mid-sized and family-sized farms will hinge on niche marketing and the question of sustainability.

"How can we look at our farm operations and how can we market it to bring more profitability?" he asked. It starts not with a blind jump, but knowing the risk of potential changes, according to Weiss.

Kirschenmann said sustainable agriculture is more than just a definition or a process.

"Sustainable agriculture is more about outcomes than it is a particular way of doing things," he said, noting that farming in the Storm Lake area is going to differ from farming in southwest Iowa in future eras.

Read the rest of this article in the 1/18 Pilot Tribune.

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