Increasing Farmer Profitability
March 19, 2013
A principal strategy for keeping land in agriculture is to create avenues for farmers to be more profitable on that land. Because farm profitability is built into our very definition of sustainable agriculture, it is no surprise that Michael Fields advances farmer profitability in many ways. Our research program has incorporated profitability into measures of cropping practices in the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Research Trials. Our educational program’s Whole Farm Workshops frequently include topics about profitable farming practices and good business management. . And the grassroots appropriations campaign that our policy program has for years led for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has protected and expanded funding for programs such as the federal Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), the Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program and the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP). At the state level, MFAI led the coalition to create the Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program and the Farm to School program to create new market opportunities for Wisconsin’s farmers. We have also helped create new programming and funding for the profitable livestock practices of managed grazing. Our grantwriting workshops and grantwriting assistance are designed to help farmers learn how to take full advantage of programs designed to help them be profitable.