2000 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. 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. We taught 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 in the project 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.” This publication was targeted at progressive grassland farmers, advisory personnel and agriculture students. ARS scientists participated as instructors in a training workshop for faculty from the 1890 universities. Coordinated by the USDA National Agroforestry Center and cosponsored by four USDA agencies (ARS, CSREES-SARE, FS, NRCS), objectives were to increase agroforestry awareness among the 1890 universities and encourage faculty to incorporate agroforestry into their courses and extension efforts.
Presented information about the ARS Appalachian white clover collection to NRCS personnel at the dedication of the NRCS Alderson Plant Materials Center, Alderson, WV on May 30, 2000, and to government and private sector scientists during the tour for the Sixteenth Trifolium Conference on June 21, 2000. We conducted two field days to update interested USDA-NRCS personnel and meat-goat producers on our underutilized hill-land research efforts and one workshop for meat goat producers to provide opportunity to better understand meat goat production, management and research needs of small farmers in southern West Virginia. We obtained an exhibit site in the goat arena at the West Virginia State Fair and staffed a display for two days to discuss our research program and accomplishments with livestock producers and others interested in agricultural systems for small hill-land farms.
Specific technology transfer activities in 2000:
October 4 – Presented seminar “Water Quality Research in the Greenbrier Hydrologic Unit” to the West Virginia University Student Grotto of the National Speleological Society. Highlighted the karst water quality research program to an academic group with close research ties to the central Appalachians. (Boyer)
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