Farmers rely on a diversity of tools, practices, and strategies to successfully produce crops and livestock. Practices such as reduced tillage, cover cropping, and more diverse crop rotations are recognized for their potential to contribute to sustainability and are being explored by more researchers and growers. The integration of crops and livestock offers synergies in many cases, although food safety concerns must be monitored. Livestock grazing can be managed in ways to achieve desired outcomes on rangelands and pastures, such as shifting vegetation from undesirable to desirable species, or reducing flammable fuels, while also producing a product. WSU supports research and education on many of these topics to help farms across the state improve their sustainability.
Production Systems Pages