AFSRC scientists are designing environmentally benign grazing management practices, which capitalize on the dynamics of herbage growth in complex terrain. Sheep are grazing spring forage growth in one of AFSRC’s silvopasture research paddocks. Results of this research directly impact the Appalachian Region’s ability to sustain small farms and rural communities, protect water quality and food safety, and help assure food security. Results of AFSRC water quality research in silvopasture were recently published in the journal Agroforestry Systems.
Boyer, D. G. and J. P. S. Neel. 2010. Nitrate and fecal coliform concentration differences at the soil/bedrock interface in Appalachian silvopasture, pasture, and forest. Agroforestry Systems, 79(1):89-96. doi: 10.1007/s10457-009-9272-4
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