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University of Manitoba Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Department of Plant Science

Welcome to
Natural Systems Agriculture

Welcome! The Natural Systems Agriculture website is produced by Martin Entz and his research team at the University of Manitoba. We work on sustainable agricultural systems as a team of researchers, students, technicians, farmers, and interested citizens.

Natural Systems Agriculture explores cropping systems based on processes found in nature - specifically the natural grassland ecosystem of prairie Canada. Critical elements of an agricultural system based on natural processes are perenniality, diversity and animal integration. Native prairie ecosystems contain a great diversity of mostly perennial plants and historically included herds of grazing bison. These are important considerations in the quest to develop agricultural systems that mimic natural systems.

Topics in Natural Systems Agriculture

Within each of the following topics, you will find articles based on research carried out by the University of Manitoba and our collaborators. For a complete alphabetical list of all articles, please see the Site Map.

2014 Research Projects

We had many exciting projects in 2014. Please check back for updates.

Copyright and Liability

This page created October 2005.
Last updated April 2015.