Genesee River Demonstration Farms Network

The Genesee River Demonstration Farms Network highlights the impacts of practical and innovative conservation practices on farm viability, water quality, and other natural resources, demonstrated on real working farms.


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.

Story from the Field

Jay Swede improved his bottom line by $55 per acre and by $82,257 on the 1,500 acres in AFT's CIG study by adopting no-till and strip-till, cover crops, and nutrient management.

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Goals of the Demonstration Farms Network


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