Achieving Sustainable Agriculture: Overview of Current and Future Agronomic Best Practices

  • Ravi P. Sripada
  • Pradip K. DasEmail author
  • Emilio S. Oyarzabal
  • Laura Grapes
  • Doug Griffith
  • Jennifer Luchte
  • David D. Songstad
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 67)


With global population expected to grow by 30 % over the next few decades, farmers will need to increase production while dealing with limited water, land, and energy. Sustainable agriculture is at the core of this challenge and its solutions, which are attainable only through a combination of advanced plant breeding, biotechnology, and improved systems-based integrated farm management practices. This chapter is a result of the deliberations of a group of about 20 prominent academics, US federal government, and industry scientists who convened for a 2-day workshop in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2010. These deliberations centered around identifying agronomic best management practices for the next two decades with the objective of developing consensus around future management practices and their contribution towards sustainable agriculture.


Global Position System Genetically Modify Cover Crop Integrate Pest Management Sustainable Agriculture 
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The authors thank all of the workshop participants for their contributions to the discussions described in this chapter. The authors acknowledge the assistance of Virginia M. Peschke (Oakside Editorial Services) in the preparation of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ravi P. Sripada
    • 1
  • Pradip K. Das
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emilio S. Oyarzabal
    • 1
  • Laura Grapes
    • 1
  • Doug Griffith
    • 1
  • Jennifer Luchte
    • 1
  • David D. Songstad
    • 2
  1. 1.Monsanto CompanySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Cibus LLCSan DiegoUSA

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