Promoting good stewardship of the earth's resources, particularly pertaining to agricultural production practices, is the focus of the University of Illinois' Agroecology Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP). The program coordinates sustainable agriculture programs and activities throughout Illinois, and seeks to facilitate and promote research and education that protects Illinois' natural and human resources to sustain agricultural production forever.
Farming is constantly changing — it has to. Every season there are new pests, diseases, funding sources and other challenges. In order to meet these challenges, on-going research and continuing educational is vital. In particular, farmers need to know that there are new techniques, strategies and alternatives to meet the challenges of farming. The Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program at the University of Illinois supports and encourages research into alternative approaches. The program also helps farmers to remain financially sustainable by providing information and resources about alternative enterprises.
ASAP seeks to effect change by working with university agricultural researchers, state and federal agriculture agencies, and non-governmental organizations, and by working directly with producers. ASAP personnel provide training workshops for Extension educators and other agricultural professionals so that they can, in turn, conduct adult education programs on sustainable agriculture topics. The ASAP staff also provides technical assistance to farmer making the transition to sustainable agriculture systems.
More on the ASAP is available a the ASAP homepage: http://asap.sustainability.uiuc.edu.
The website provides exhaustive information on the program, sustainable organizations and activities in Illinois as well as links to regional and national organizations. Consumers will find a wealth of information here as well.
The e-mail newsletter is distributed monthly to provide information regarding the program and upcoming conferences, workshops, seminars and lectures. It also provides information regarding relevant research and educational programs, carried on throughout the Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension, related to sustainable agriculture. Information about state, regional and national sustainable activities is also included. Interested individuals can subscribe to the ASAP Update at the website list above.
Published four times per year, this newsletter provides articles and information on ongoing projects, research, events and other activities and news of sustainable agriculture in Illinois. The newsletter is available in PDF format on the ASAP website.
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