Biologically Integrated Farming Systems


Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS), a program to help growers enhance environmental quality while maintaining yields and profits, concluded its last project in 2010.

BIFS projects used on-farm demonstrations and a collaborative model of outreach and extension involving public-private partnerships.  BIFS projects demonstrated that when participating growers had evidence that yields and profits could be maintained with more environmentally-sound farming practices, they often adopted these practices on most of their acreage. Furthermore, many non-participating growers were exposed to innovative practices through project outreach activities. There were many encouraging outcomes that emerged as a result of our BIFS projects.  Below is a description of the BIFS program and archive of the projects funded through BIFS, highlighting much of SAREP's role in projects that are designed, led and implemented by groups of farmers.  The collaborative process created by BIFS continues to influence SAREP and ASI's work and research agendas.   

Program Overview


How it started:

In 1988, UC farm advisor Lonnie Hendricks and brothers Glenn and Ron Anderson were discussing farming techniques. The Anderson brothers farmed almonds in Merced County. Glenn farmed his almonds organically, while... Continue

Projects

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Apple
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Citrus

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Dairy

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Grape (Fresh)

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Lettuce

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Prune (Dried Plum)

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Rice

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Strawberry
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Tomato & Cotton

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Walnut

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Winegrape

 

 

BIFS Workgroup


Purpose:
The workgroup brought together individuals with a common interest in sustainable agriculture. It served as a forum to share ideas, experiences, research and resources in sustainable approaches to conventional farming. The focus was on the dynamics of biologically... Continue

Resources/Publications

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