According to the 1990 Congressional Farm Bill the term sustainable agriculture means:

“An integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term:

  • satisfy human food and fiber needs;
  • enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends;
  • make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
  • sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
  • enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”

For more information regarding sustainable agriculture and Certified Forests and Tree Farm Programs check out these links:

Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

American Tree Farm System

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture and Resource Education