Development and implementation of a long-term agricultural systems study: Challenges and opportunities

J. P. Mueller, Mary Ellen Barbercheck, M. Bell, C. Brownie, N. G. Creamer, A. Hitt, S. Hu, L. King, H. M. Linker, F. J. Louws, S. Marlow, M. Marra, C. W. Raczkowski, D. J. Susko, M. G. Wagger

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The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is dedicated to farming systems that are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Established in 1994 at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDACS) Cherry Farm near Goldsboro, N.C.; CEFS operations extend over a land area of about 800 ha (2000 acres) [400 ha (1000 acres) cleared]. This unique center is a partnership among North Carolina State University (NCSU), North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University (NCATSU), NCDACS, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), other state and federal agencies, farmers and citizens. Long-term approaches that integrate the broad range of factors involved in agricultural systems are the focus of the Farming Systems Research Unit. The goal is to provide the empirical framework to address landscape-scale issues that impact long-run sustainability of North Carolina's agriculture. To this end, data collection and analyses include soil parameters (biological, chemical, physical), pests and predators (weeds, insects and disease), crop factors (growth, yield, and quality), economic factors, and energy issues. Five systems are being compared: a successional ecosystem, a plantation forestry-woodlot, an integrated crop-animal production system, an organic production system, and a cash-grain [best management practice (BMP)] cropping system. An interdisciplinary team of scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-368
Number of pages7
JournalHortTechnology
Volume12
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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public services and goods
farming systems
agriculture
production technology
plantation forestry
nongovernmental organizations
economic factors
best management practices
crops
animal production
organic production
growth factors
cropping systems
weeds
pests
farmers
predators
farms
insects
ecosystems

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  • Horticulture

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Mueller, J. P., Barbercheck, M. E., Bell, M., Brownie, C., Creamer, N. G., Hitt, A., ... Wagger, M. G. (2002). Development and implementation of a long-term agricultural systems study: Challenges and opportunities. HortTechnology, 12(3), 362-368.
Mueller, J. P. ; Barbercheck, Mary Ellen ; Bell, M. ; Brownie, C. ; Creamer, N. G. ; Hitt, A. ; Hu, S. ; King, L. ; Linker, H. M. ; Louws, F. J. ; Marlow, S. ; Marra, M. ; Raczkowski, C. W. ; Susko, D. J. ; Wagger, M. G. / Development and implementation of a long-term agricultural systems study : Challenges and opportunities. In: HortTechnology. 2002 ; Vol. 12, No. 3. pp. 362-368.
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