Integrated farming

Integrated farming is the practice of growing crops and raising livestock simultaneously. Integrated farming is diversification at its best.

One intense example of integrated farming can be found in China where fish farming has been integrated with raising livestock, along with growing agricultural crops, such as vegetables.

Other examples of integrated farming include using pigs to clear fields of rocks and roots prior to planting a crop. Poultry is used to clean up rotten fruit and weeds found in orchards and vineyards at the end of the season as well as add fertilizer to the soil. Cattle grazing on cover crops grown in between other crops keep the land fertilized as well as manicured.

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