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Sustainable Food and Agriculture Library

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USDA-NRCS Soil Health Assessment

This page contains links to soil quailty indicator worksheets for assessing indicators including bulk density, infiltration, slaking, soil crusts, soil structure and macropores, earthworms, soil enzymes, total organic carbon, mineral cycle, and water cycle.  

The Ogallala Aquifer

This paper critically examines the impacts of the increasing use of the Ogallala-with specific focus on the situation in the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle regions, and the possibility of adopting sustainable development practices to curb the increasing aquifer water depletion and deterioration.

The Next Green Revolution: Essential Steps to a Healthy, Sustainable Agriculture

Provides Instructors a Useful Framework for Teaching the Essential Points of Sustainable Agriculture. Use as a Supplemental Text for Courses in Agriculture, the Environmental Sciences, and Rural Sociology.

Ten Years of Change: SARE 10th Anniversary

Keynote luncheon speech in 1998 by Kerr Center president Dr. James E. Horne at 10th anniversary of the establishment of the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program. Horne was an early supporter of…

Sustainable vs. Industrial Agriculture: How They Compare

This is a four-page fact sheet showing a side-by-side comparison of sustainable and industrial agriculture in relation to the twelve steps to sustainable agriculture.

Seeds of Change: Food and Agriculture Policy for Oklahoma’s Future

This document contains policy recommendations covering environmental issues, fair markets and contracts, marketing, education and research, and rural development. Also: guiding principles, mission and values of the Kerr Center. For state and national use.

Organic Foods: What Do We Need to Know About Them?

Brief summary of issues in organic food and farming from a customer’s point of view: definition, benefits, GMOs, pesticides, regulatory agencies, labeling, shopping

How Is My Food Grown? Food Labeling for Sustainable Agriculture

Summarizes U.S. food labeling laws; discusses economics of food labeling; analyzes labeling of organic and genetically modified foods, with a comparison of those cases between the United States and the European Union.

Ecologically-Based Communities

This report, by entomologist W. Joe Lewis and educator Marion Jay, focuses on redirecting community management and development strategies to an ecologically-based approach, using principles that promote rather than erode the inherent pillar strengths of…

Closer to Home: Healthier Food, Farms and Families in Oklahoma

With this report, the Kerr Center helped increase public understanding of our food system broadening and deepening the discussion of what we can do to make our fields and tables healthier.

A Brief Overview of the History and Philosophy of Organic Agriculture

This publication outlines the origins of organic agriculture, highlighting the concepts that define it as a distinct and sustainable approach to farming.

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