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Agriculture Ecology

Agricultural Ecology


Simply stated, agricultural ecology is the study of agricultural ecosystems and their components as they function within themselves and in the context of the landscapes that contain them. Application of this knowledge can lead to development of more sustainable agricultural ecosystems in harmony with their larger ecosystem and ecoregion.

An expanded definition, discussion, and references, can be found on the Agricultural Ecosystems page.


Conquest of the Land Through 7,000 Years
Classic report on agriculture and soil erosion by Dr. Lowdermilk, who presented his findings to the U.S. Department of Agriculture based on his journeys around the world in 1938 and 1939.

Ecosystem Indicators Report
Written by the NRCS Indicators Action Team and first published in April, 1996, this report describes a model the team developed to direct the selection of indicators for use in evaluations of ecosystem condition. It is designed to guide stakeholders and resource planners to think beyond single resource issues and consider the condition of the larger ecosystem including human dimensions of the system.

Sustainable Agriculture Network
A description of the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) and gateway to other sustainable agriculture resources on the Internet.

SARE Regional Resources:

Questions and comments are welcome and encouraged. Please address all correspondence to Jessica Michalski at 605-352-1234,