According to Farm Futures Magazine, what's old may just be new. The article "Researchers integrate biofuels, food on farms" (July 9) describes the work of Argonne National Lab researchers in the a central Illinois watershed as they work with local producers to improve farm bottom line and positive environmental returns.
The researchers conclusions to date —"The key is a "multifunctional landscape" where resources are "allocated efficiently and crops are situated in their ideal soil and landscape position, ... For example, planting bioenergy crops like willows or switchgrass in rows where commodity crops are challenged - that provides an energy feedstock while also limiting fertilizer runoff into waterways." —sound a bit likes the farms of yore.
Learn more about the project “Multifunctional landscapes: Site characterization and field-scale design to incorporate biomass production into an agricultural system” from Farm Futures or from the project's latest journal article "Multifunctional landscapes: Site characterization and field-scale design to incorporate biomass production into an agricultural system".