Demonstration Farm Network
Farmers can visit this webpage to find upcoming field days and events hosted by demonstration farms in the network.
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.
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.
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.
Table Rock Farm
Meghan Hauser improved her bottom line by $79 per acre per year, or $142,848 annually for the 1,800-acre study area, achieving a 125% return on investment.
Janette Veazy Post improved her bottom line by $57 per acre per year, or $726,408 annually for the 12,744-acre study area, achieving a 61% return on investment.
Planting Green Case Studies
“It’s not for every type of field, but where it worked, it worked well. It’s another useful tool in our arsenal, and if we think we can plant green without suffering with weeds or sacrificing yields, we will use it.”
“After heavy rain my fields didn’t pond, while a farm across the road had standing water.”
Goals of the Demonstration Farms Network
Farmers can visit this webpage to find farm case studies and resources.
The goals of the Demonstration Farm 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, New York Senior Agricultural Specialist, American Farmland Trust, at firstname.lastname@example.org.