Saratoga Partnership farms over 9,000 acres in Northern Iowa and Missouri.
Saratoga grows crops on our owned farmland as well as several cash-lease farm properties.
Our sustainable land management practices provide solutions to environmental degradation, contribute to the nation’s energy supply, create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, and help improve our rural economy.
We understand the concepts and benefits of sustainable agriculture. We use the latest technologies and best practices to ensure our farm operations benefit the natural resources of our owned and leased farms, the environment as a whole, and the rural communities we live in.
We believe sustainable agriculture requires four things:
- Long term profitability
- Environmental stewardship
- Quality of life for farmers, our partners, and the community as a whole
Sustainable agriculture can include an array of practices, including crop rotations, planting cover crops, establishing buffer strips, integrating livestock and crop production, developing on-farm energy sources, marketing fresh produce or value added farm items locally, or assisting a beginning farmer.
While sustainability can be achieved through a variety of practices, it is important to also remember that sustainability depends on an approach which addresses preservation of natural resources, while continuing to be productive, profitable, and beneficial for the community and society.
Besides farming our own land, Saratoga Partnership offers flexible (adjustable) cash lease agreements for retiring farmers or landowner/investors that want to achieve a return on investment from their farmland.
Flexible farmland lease agreements provide a middle-ground between a straight-cash rent and a crop-share arrangement. The tenant pays the landlord in cash, but the amount is based on the yield, market price, or both.
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A brief history on the origins of organized agriculture
Based on archaeological records, farming and organized agriculture started at least 10,000 years ago (but no one can say for sure). However, the credit for the first civilization to practice production agriculture goes to the Sumerians.
Sumeria is located in what's now known as the Fertile Crescent. It lies between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Modern-day countries within the Fertile Crescent are Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, parts of the Palestinian Territories, Turkey, and Iran.
By 5000 BC the Sumerians had developed special agricultural techniques. These included intensive crop farming on a large-scale, mono-cropping, organized irrigation, and the use of labor with specialized skills. They also invented the plow!
The Sumerians grew barley, chickpeas, lentils, wheat, dates, onions, garlic, lettuce, leeks and mustard. They raised cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs. They used oxen as their primary draft animal and donkeys or equids (any of a family - Equidae - of perissodactyl mammals consisting of horses, asses, zebras, and extinct related animals) for transport.
Archaeological artifacts indicate the Sumerians engaged in agricultural trading with neighboring regions in the Persian Gulf area.
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