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Grasslands: The future of sustainable agriculture
Date:5/12/2009

e, the book's three main sections highlight the voices of grassland advocates through history, examine the many functions of grassland today, and look at the benefits grass-based agriculture can provide when grass is treated as an essential resource.

  • "Past Is Prologue," tracks the history of grassland farming, emphasizing some of the philosophical arguments that advocate for grasslands as a vital component of an evolving American society.

  • "The Present: Transitions over 60 Years," aims to provide the reader the foundation needed to move into the future, including updated information on cropping systems that include perennial grasses and legumes.

  • "The Forward Look: Opportunities and Challenges," looks at the role of grass-based agriculture in maintaining the stability of rural communities, including the human health benefits when grasses and legumes are made a primary resource in the food chain.

The book was edited by Walter F. Wedin, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University; and Steven L. Fales, Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University. A grant to the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture from the Wallace Genetic Foundation supported Walt Wedin's work associated with the book.


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