By John Mesko • SFA Executive Director
SFA has played a major role in the advancement of sustainable agriculture over the last 25 years. Founded in 1990, SFA’s Farmer to Farmer Network™ organization has helped to develop and promote foundational practices in agriculture; some of which have become mainstream.
For example, in 1990, reduced tillage and no till agriculture was somewhat obscure for most farmers. Today, zero tillage, particularly in soybean production has become the standard. Today, farmers are smarter about chemical applications, there are more farmers markets, more farmers selling direct to consumers and more beginning farmers than ever.
These advances would not have succeeded without the network of SFA farmers, who over the years have shared their insights and learnings with neighbors and friends through SFA chapters and involvment in SFA events. If you’ve been around SFA for any length of time, you’ve had a hand in this as well. Send us your memories, your thoughts, examples of the things you’ve learned. Its time to celebrate the accomplishments of all of sustainable agriculture!