Genesee River Demonstration Farms Network
Farmers can visit this webpage to find upcoming field days and events hosted by demonstration farms in the network.
This partnership, spearheaded by American Farmland Trust and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is supported by collaboration between researchers, agricultural and conservation organizations and others within the Genesee River Watershed.
Farms in the Network
Farm type and size differs across the network, but all of them do their best to give back to the land that sustains them. The goal of the network is to allow farms in the region to learn from one another and to see what practices are most cost effective and have the biggest impact on conservation.
Soil Health Case Studies
Swede Farm LLC
Jay Swede improved his bottom line by $55 per acre and by $82,257 on the 1,500 acres in this study by adopting no-till and strip-till, cover crops, and nutrient management.
Macauley Farms LLC
John and Jim Macauley improved their bottom line by $44 per acre and by $25,036 annually on the 1,106 acres in this study by adopting no-till, cover crops, and nutrient management.
HaR-Go Dairy Farm
Steve Gould improved his bottom line by $11 per acre per year or by $4,780 annually on the 450-acre study area, achieving an 18% return on investment, by adopting no-till, cover crops, and nutrient management.
Mulligan Farm improved their bottom line by $75 per acre per year or by $196,350 annually for the 2,618-acre case study area, achieving a 129% return on investment for their soil health system.
Goals of the Demonstration Farms Network
Farmers can visit this webpage to find farm case studies and resources.
The goals of the Genesee River Demonstration Farms Network are to highlight conservation systems that build soil health and benefit water quality, with on-farm research opportunities to evaluate and demonstrate conservation practices, and to quantify their economic and environmental benefits. The network serves as a platform to share technology, information and lessons learned with farmers, agribusiness, conservation agencies, landowners and the public, and to facilitate farmer-to-farmer discussions and learning opportunities related to conservation practices and their impacts.
For more information please contact:
Aaron Ristow, Agricultural Stewardship Program Manager, American Farmland Trust, at firstname.lastname@example.org.