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Sustainable Agriculture

There are many definitions of sustainable agriculture and most will discuss aspects of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. This page provides production related resources for ag producers.

Irrigation Soils and Fertility
Field Crops Advocacy and Funding
Vegetables and other specialty crops Postharvest handling
Livestock Organic Production
Energy, Equipment, Safety, Policy, Research Pests


Field Crops (alfalfa, corn, sugar beets, wheat, sunflowers, barley)

From the Ground Up – CSU Agronomy News

CSU Extension Precision Agriculture

Crop Variety Performance for Colorado Crops

CSU Crop Production Factsheets

CSU Extension Crops Insects Page

Colorado Corn Growers Association

Colorado Sugar Beet Growers Association

ATTRA Field Crop Publications

Vegetables and other specialty crops

ATTRA Horticultural Crops Publications

CSU VegNet

CSU Extension Greenhouse Resources

CSU Specialty Crops Program



CSU Extension Livestock Page

CSU Integrated Livestock Management

Am I an Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) or a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO)?

AFO Best Management Practices

How to Avoid CAFO Status

CAFO Groundwater Requirements


Colorado Department of Ag – Division of Animal Industry

American Grassfed Association

Colorado Beef Council

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association

Colorado Livestock Association

Colorado Aquaculture Association

Energy, Equipment, Safety, Policy and Sustainable Ag Research

CSU Extension Energy Factsheets

Estimating Farm Fuel Requirements

CSU Extension Equipment and Safety Factsheets

Energy Use in the US Food System – 2010 USDA report

Local Food Systems – Concepts, Impacts and Issues – 2010 USDA report

Northern Colorado Regional Food System Assessment

Boulder County Sustainable Ag Literature Review

WSU Organic Farming Footprints

Soils and Fertility

CSU Extension Factsheets

CSU Extension Soils publications

ATTRA Soils and Compost

NRCS – Soil Biology Primer

NRCS Web Soil Survey

SARE Book – Building Soils for Better Crops

soil food web

Advocacy and Funding

CSU Sustaining Agriculture in Colorado

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)


Postharvest handling

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Publications

Chart from NC-CES Pub: Postharvest Handling for the Small Scale Producer

Organic Production

CSU Interdisciplinary Studies Program in Organic Agriculture


eXtension – organic agriculure

ATTRA Organic Farming resources

Colorado Organic Producers Association

USDA National Organic Program

National Organic Standards Board

Organic Materials Review Institute

Organic Farming Research Foundation

Colorado Department of Ag Organic Certification

Western Region SARE Organic Farming Compliance Handbook

Guidebook to Organic Certification – MOSES

Michigan State University Organic Farming Exchange


CSU Extension Weed Management Publications

CSU Extension Insect Publications

CSU Integrated Pest Management Publications

ATTRA Pest Management page