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At the intersection of food, soil, climate, farming and water.

Michael Fields Research Program

Independent, non-profit organizations have an important role in agricultural research.  There’s still a lot to learn about how best to grow the crops that sustain us.  Understanding the effects of farming practices does not happen overnight or even after a couple of months – it takes years and sometimes decades.  It’s crucial to have programs like ours willing to experiment where other institutions may be hesitant or profit-minded.

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute has strived to advance sustainable farming practices with groundbreaking research.  Since the 1980’s, research conducted by our organization and its collaborators has helped farmers, consumers, and the environment.  What’s best for people and the land has always been the primary focus of our work in farming systems, crops, and soils.  The research program at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute contributes to the future vitality of farms and rural communities.