|Technology Transfer 2002|
2002 Technology Transfer Activities at AFSRC
We provided direct agronomic and environmental advice in response to numerous calls from producers and advisory personnel. Information was communicated through site visits and informal field days. We co-sponsored and participated in the Mid-Atlantic Meat Goat workshop and participated in Meat Goat Seminar at Bluestone Valley Fair to update producers on current research information on meat goat nutrition and niche marketing options. A presentation of the pasture raised beef program, forage systems and niche marketing was presented at the Greenbrier Valley Forage School, March 2002. Current and planned research, in regards to the Pasture Finished Beef Research Consortium involving ARS, West Virginia University and Virginia Tech University, was presented in a field tour for the Monroe County Cattlemen’s Association.
We continued involvement in teaching components of the West Virginia University Extension Service forage livestock school (several times each year at various locations around the State), and taught tech transfer workshops addressing pasture management issues including water quality, and forage and livestock management. Scientists were part of a writing team for a Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, Cooperative Extension of Cornell University publication entitled, “Pasture-based livestock production.” Information on karst groundwater was used to develop farm management strategies to protect groundwater quality through communication with state advisory personnel. The information was used to develop support strategies to protect regional groundwater quality.
Specific technology transfer activities in 2002:
February 7 – Met with a group of visiting scientists from Armenia and discussed karst water quality issues. Mutual water quality issues involving agriculture on karst were highlighted. (Boyer)
May 15-16 – Participants in “Pathogens – Manure Management National Program Planning Workshop,” Watkinsville, GA. Pathogen researchers were brought together to evaluate research progress and formulate research goals within the agency. (Boyer and Kuczynska)
Technology Transfer Activities 1999
Technology Transfer Activities 1998