Sustainable Agriculture: Making Money, Making Sense

This issue brief reviews the current economic and agircultural research on the financial impact of sustainable farming on farmers in the United States. If profitability means the measure of return to the farmer, is sustainable farming profitable? Have specific types of sustainable agricultural systems been found to decrease the cost of production and thus raise farm income?

Addressing Climate Change and Providing New Opportunities for Farmers

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently stated that "the balance of evidence suggests that there is a discernible human influence on global climate." Their study found that the average global temperature has increased 0.5 to 1 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century, and is expected to increase 2 to 6.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century.