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MDA offers 2015 Greenbook

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced the publication of the 2015 Greenbook, a set of stories about sustainable agriculture research and demonstration projects taking place on Minnesota crop, livestock, fruit, and vegetable farms.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced the publication of the 2015 Greenbook, a set of stories about sustainable agriculture research and demonstration projects taking place on Minnesota crop, livestock, fruit, and vegetable farms.

"The Greenbook is an important part of our Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant (SADG) program," said Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. "This publication is where we show that innovative ideas can create sustainable solutions that work in real Minnesota agricultural operations."

The 25-year old SADG program provides grants for testing farming ideas that focus on conservation, energy, profitability, and/or farmers' quality of life. MDA staff members help convert each project's annual report into a short article, so other farmers can also benefit from this investment.

This year's Greenbook is nearly 90 pages long and includes stories about 19 projects, including several on cover cropping, a comparison of high tunnels and quick hoops, energy efficiency on dairy farms, solar powered drip irrigation, compost tea, beneficial insect habitats, and controlling thistle in organic blueberries.

The online version is available at www.mda.state.mn.us/greenbook , or you can request a hard copy by calling 651-201-6012 or by email: alison.fish@state.mn.us .

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The SADG program is currently accepting applications for on-farm projects that could conserve natural resources, enhance profitability, and improve farm life. Go to www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/demogrant.aspx for details and an online application.

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